New Zealand

Imports

  • The 2nd phase of resurfacing work being carried out on Fergusson Terminal pad at the Port of Auckland is on target for completion end of September. There are some delays in working container vessels due to reduced capacity compounded by labour resourcing. Obtaining VBS bookings in a timely manner is a challenge for carriers.
  • Port of Auckland has posted a lift in profit to $40.5 million for the full year, detail: Port of Auckland back in black with $40.5m full-year profit | TRANSPORTtalk: Truck and Industry Equipment News VBS costs are due to be increased again soon.
  • Overall, container depot capacity remains unresolved, with restricted dehire slots being made available at several large Auckland sites.
  • A GRI of 9% at the CODA / Tapper freight stations was effective from the 1st of September. Regrettably, local charges for LCL shipments will have to be increased in line with the GRI.
  • Change is in the air for Container Checks Portal (CCP) – Early 2024, Biosecurity NZ will be introducing a new version of the CCP, used for electronic submission of container inspection results by Accredited Persons. This change is required as part of a complete overhaul of our internal border systems to upgrade the technology and to provide a more stable platform for the future. The biggest change will be a requirement to use RealMe to access the system. Having a RealMe login allows you to securely access Government online services and brings the CCP in line with other MPI systems available to external stakeholders. If you already have a RealMe login, it will work for the CCP once it’s set up OR you can set up a login at any time in preparation for the change. There will be some changes to the look and feel of the system that you are familiar with, and we will ensure you are made aware of these changes as we move closer to going live. The basic functionality remains the same – you will be able to enter inspection details for your sea and air containers and manage the Transitional Facilities you are working with as you can now. In addition, we are working on setting up an option for the larger Transitional Facilities to submit their container checks directly from their own in-house container record systems. If you have any questions about this change, please contact info@mpi.govt.nz and keep an eye out for further information in the next few months.

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 running as booked. Main deck shipments are taking a little longer to get confirmed space.

Asia

  • Consols are running as booked. It is however harder to get immediate confirmed space for larger shipments, but they are generally moving within three to four days.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Extra capacity is coming to the market in Summer.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are continuing to work well. We are still waiting on extended tariffs but expect these to come through once schedules are finalized for the Summer.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

Australia

  • Still capacity on most carriers. Some delays for main deck bookings but generally moving within a few days.

Asia

  • ANA is running a one-off freighter on the 5th of October to Tokyo. China Southern is looking to operate two freighters to Guangzhou between the 5th and 10th of October.

USA

  • Larger bookings are still difficult to get away immediately. More capacity coming in the summer will solve this.

UK and EU

  • Capacity available via Middle East, however Emirates are pushing larger consignments to their twice weekly freighter services.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Direct services from North Asia remain under space pressure with blank sailings and sliding schedules on both of the main direct services. There is still plenty of opportunity to move containers via Singapore/Malaysia and, while this may represent a longer transit initially, often it is a better option than risking of rolling off a direct service.
  • Volumes from South-East Asia and the subcontinent remain relatively light and so space is able to be booked reasonably easily.
  • As Golden Week approaches (1st-8th October), we encourage all customers to talk to their Customer Service representative about any orders that need to depart prior and ensure bookings are in place that meet the supplier’s requirements.
  • Changes to schedules continues. However, things have still improved from 12 months ago. Though we are seeing more changes to the NZ port rotations as lines look to manage their berthing windows.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia is fluctuating. The average is 0.5-1-day delay currently. The berth congestion in South-East Asia is now around 0.5-1 day.

Australia

Imports

  • All Australian ports are working with minimal delays of 0.5 days.
  • Equipment availability is stable from all ports in Australia.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga for future arrivals.
  • ZIM vessel Big Lilly is under repair in Melbourne.
  • Heavy smoke in Sydney. Haze is caused by hazard reduction fire burn offs, causing port time slot cancellations.

Exports

  • Ports are now working with minimal delays of 0-0.5 day.
  • The ANZ Shuttle service make an adjustment to add a Noumea call instead of Sydney. The last sailing will be the ANL Tasman Trader v2322.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season started again on September 1st and will be in place until April 30th, 2024. The processes and risk countries are the same as last season.
  • Low water levels mean barge services into Rotterdam and Antwerp are limited.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.

Exports

  • There are no reported berthing delays. There is congestion in some container yards.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Papeete* ā€“ Surrey* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Adelaide* ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Seattle.
Ā  Ā  Ā  *Fortnightly

  • Canada – From the 11th of September to the 7th of October, there are no sailings ex Canada. Any LCL during this time ex the East Coast will be sent via New York.
  • The Panama Canal congestion due to the drought is continuing to be an issue with vessels waiting approximately 3-6 days.
  • USA Customs are consistently red-flagging Australia and NZ Export boxes. All master loaders are affected with little communication from USA Customs as to the exact reason or the cargo they are targeting. Unfortunately, this procedure brings NZ Importers extra charges, with no updates as to how long the inspections will take. For further information, please contact your Oceanbridge Representative.
  • The 2023-2024 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season started again on September 1st and runs to April 30th, 2024. Cargo departing and arriving in NZ between these dates must comply with BMSB protocols set by MPI. The rules are mostly the same as last year. Risk cargo from the USA and Canada needs to be brand new, manufactured indoors, and stored indoors prior to export. Risk cargo includes machinery, machinery parts, automotives, parts, motorcycles, tyres, and jet skis. Manufacturers declaration must be completed. This allows us to load risk goods and non-risk goods (i.e., books)- in the same LCL container with no treatment. We will start this process in the last week of August. Risk cargo that is not able to comply with this declaration (i.e., used machinery) must be loaded in an FCL and either fumigated or heat-treated by an approved offshore treatment provider. Any questions, please contact the Oceanbridge USA team.

Exports

  • New York – The delivery of 2 new cranes at APMT has limited the use of berth. These cranes are capable of reaching 8 high on deck. The expected waiting time for a berth is 0 days.
  • 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 1-2 days at Wando Welch Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is up to 4 days, depending on the size of the vessel.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 1 day for vessel berthing. Due to vessel bunching, the port is facing congestion impacting the discharge productivity and extending port stays.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 2 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 3 days. Rail car availability has been short for rail operators causing delays in onward rail transport. Seattle T18 will be closed on August 25th and September 1st, 2023.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays in Los Angeles currently.
  • Vancouver – There are no delays at Port currently. Rail productivity remains below expectations and there are no immediate plans to increase productivity. Dwell times remain high at 6+ days.
  • Panama Canal update – The lower-than-usual water levels in the Gatun Lake are causing severe draft restrictions on vessels transiting the Panama Canal. This has caused a backlog of around 160+ ships waiting to pass through. A new temporary rule has been put in place – this allows extra reservations for ships that haven’t booked their crossing yet, aiming to create more room and help ease the congestion.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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