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Date: 13th March 2024

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New Zealand

Imports

  • Ongoing delays in being able to book a VBS slot to dehire empty import plus uplift export empties is having a negative impact on FCL turn times.
  • KiwiRail are planning to close the rail link from Port of Tauranga to Metroport over the Easter period for maintenance. Affected export containers from Metroport will have an earlier cut off plus there will be a delay in the transit time for import containers from Port of Tauranga to Metroport following the short week.
  • Local trucking Fuel Adjustment Factor for March will remain at 22.5%.
  • Tyre Stewardship Fee – From 1st March, a tyre stewardship fee will be charged on all new tyres sold – loose or on a vehicle. The fee has been set at $6.65 (excl. GST) for a standard passenger tyre but will vary depending on the type of tyre. For example, different fees are payable for motorbike tyres vs tractor tyres, The retailer or garage will tell you what the fee is for the tyres you purchase. Disposal fees may still apply on your old end-of-life tyres until 1st September.
  • Changeover to new MPI BACC Format – Friday 29th March – As you may know, over the last two and a half years, MPI has been undertaking a project to replace our main system for the management of cargo and mail into NZ. The aim of this project has primarily been a like-for-like replacement and therefore it should have very little impact on the industry. Due to the nature of the different technology, however, there will be minor changes to the look and feel of the BACC and changes to pre-invoice as well as the XMLs that are also sent. More details will be released this week.

Exports

  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, causing late changes to port rotations and some port omissions.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Consols are moving as booked. Ad-hoc larger shipments are taking a couple of days to move.
  • Asia
    • Still waiting on winter schedules to be released due to likely a drop in capacity which will equate to an increase in rates. Malaysian Airlines seem to be overbooking flights to Auckland causing a bottleneck and delays in Kuala Lumpur.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. A drop in capacity from early April with Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines all pulling out until the end of the year.
  • UK and EU
    • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan are all moving well. For large shipments, ad-hoc rates for maindeck are becoming more reasonable, likewise, courier economy service rates are becoming more competitive.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Import terminals are operating much better, with delays at Air NZ becoming less frequent.

Exports

  • Australia and Pacific
    • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. Latam will be disrupted this week after the inflight incident on the inbound flight from Sydney.
  • Asia
    • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.
  • USA
    • Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines all have their last flights at the end of March or early April. Delta and United will have reduced schedules from April so capacity is almost halved which may lead to an increase in rates.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity available on most carriers to the UK and EU via the Middle East and USA. The USA route will dry up in early April.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Shipping Lines remain somewhat bullish as we move toward Q2 2024, with volumes holding up post Lunar New Year and, whilst we expect a slight decline in volumes in late Q2 and early Q3, it would certainly seem that the drop off isn’t going to be as large as originally expected. Where forecasting is possible, your customer service representative would be grateful to receive something to allow us to plan and book accordingly.
  • Empty container availability issues that plagued some of the lines leading up to the Lunar New Year seem to have mostly been resolved however, while delays caused by the troubles in the Red Sea continue, we may still see issues in the future.
  • Shipping Lines are now aggressively pricing NOR (Non-Operating Reefer) equipment to New Zealand as they look to get equipment here for what is looking to be a good export season for produce. If you have cargo that is suitable to be moved in an NOR, please let us know.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Space remains tight on some services to Asia. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance in order to secure. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Australia

Imports

  • DP World Brisbane would like to notify the industry of the current Electrical Trades Union Protected Industrial Action. We are experiencing disruptions to some of our modules and equipment due to this action. Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to keep the industry advised of the progress. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of industrial action. DP World Australia remains committed to reaching a new Enterprise Agreement that delivers improved productivity. Issue impact – Electrical Trades Union Protected Industrial Action at DP World Brisbane terminal with no real impact on book time slots.

Exports

  • Australia still having some delays at the ports after the strikes – Brisbane up to 3 days, Sydney 3-4 days. Minimal delays at Fremantle and Melbourne.
  • Melbourne have introduced a calibrated weighing device to check the weight of import containers against the VGM. In the event your container is 1 metric ton or more, heavier than the VGM, an AU305 + GST mis-declaration fee will be incurred. This has been in effect from 01.10.2023. Please note fees may apply for undeclared weights also.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.
  • With the longer transits to NZ, we can end the BMSB protocols next week as all containers from then will arrive after April 30th.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • There are no reported berthing delays. There is congestion in some container yards. Bad weather is impacting inland container movements.
  • Suez Canal Situation – Ongoing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea have made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.

North America

Imports

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – Based on current and projected water levels in Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has needed to make reductions to the amount and weight of vessels that can pass through the canal. Vessels that utilized the Panama Canal before will now omit the Panama Canal and use a “land bridge” that utilizes rail to transport cargo across the 80km of Panama to the other side. This creates two separate loops, one Atlantic and one Pacific. Pacific vessels will turn at Balboa, Panama, dropping off cargo heading for Latin America and North America, and picking up cargo heading for Australia and New Zealand. Atlantic vessels will turn at Manzanillo, Panama, servicing Philadelphia and Charleston. There is no longer a port call at Cristobal or Cartagena. Containers are being land bridged from Balboa to Manzanillo and Cristobal where they are loaded for the onward journey. At present, rates remain unchanged. However, the transit time has increased by 4-5 days.
  • Oceanbridge LCL service ex-LAX to Christchurch fortnightly direct.
  • Chicago via Los Angeles weekly direct.
  • New York weekly direct over Philidelphia.
  • We have 24 LCL receiving depots throughout the USA.
  • Further to our 1st March advisory regarding the Lyttelton phase out of PANZ vessel DEBUSSY 404S/409N, please note that due to an additional operational requirement, the vessel will now also call Tauranga following the scheduled call at Lyttelton. The revised schedule for DEBUSSY 404S/409N phase out and ANL WARRNAMBOOL 409N phase in is as below:
Port Debussy 404S/409N ANL Warrnambool 409N
Sydney 13 – 15 Mar
Melbourne 16 – 17 Mar
Lyttelton 24 – 24 Mar phase out 26 – 26 Mar phase in
Tauranga 31 – 31 Mar 28 – 28 Mar
Papeete 2 – 3 Apr
Surrey 19 – 20 Apr
Oakland 23 – 25 Apr
Los Angeles 27 – 29 Apr
  • NPDL offer a USA service (Calpac) in Oakland via Papeete and Long Beach via Pago Pago. 36 days transit. Please see your Oceanbridge customer service representative for rates.
  • Maersk change of OC1 service:
    • Current service rotation: Philadelphia, US – Charleston, US – Manzanillo, PA – Panama rail service – Balboa, PA – Tauranga, NZ – Brisbane, AU – Melbourne, AU – Port Chalmers, NZ – Tauranga, NZ – Balboa, PA – Panama rail service – Manzanillo, PA – Philadelphia, US
    • New service rotation: Philadelphia, US – Charleston, US – Manzanillo, PA – Panama Rail service – Balboa, PA – Tauranga, NZ – Sydney, AU – Melbourne, AU – Port Chalmers, NZ – Tauranga, NZ – Balboa, PA – Panama rail service – Manzanillo, PA – Philadelphia, US

Exports

  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Based on current and projected water levels in Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has needed to make reductions to the amount and weight of vessels that can pass through the canal. Vessels that utilized the Panama Canal before will now omit the Panama Canal and use a “land bridge” that utilizes rail to transport cargo across the 80km of Panama to the other side. This creates two separate loops, one Atlantic and one Pacific. Pacific vessels will turn at Balboa, Panama, dropping off cargo heading for Latin America and North America, and picking up cargo heading for Australia and New Zealand. Atlantic vessels will turn at Manzanillo, Panama, servicing Philadelphia and Charleston. There is no longer a port call at Cristobal or Cartagena. Carriers are still working through the operational impacts for services to South America and the US out ports previously transhipped at Cristobal and Cartagena. At present, rates remain unchanged. However, the transit time has increased by 4-5 days.
  • West Coast North America – Recently we have seen increased berthing delays at Oakland, wait time has spiked to 6-7 days. To mitigate the onward impacts of the issue at Oakland, some vessels are being diverted to Los Angeles and then heading back to Oakland. Effectively the transit from Tauranga to Oakland has increased from 25 to 32 days. This does not impact the Los Angeles transit.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time is expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM Terminals.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – Waiting time for vessel berthing is 1 day at Wando Welch Terminal and 0.5 days at North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is now 4 days.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 3 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 9 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo is 3.2 days. On-dock rail dwell is 5.4 days.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver are facing heavy congestion, resulting from an inadequate supply of rail cars from major railways.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time has been reduced to 4.5 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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