New Zealand

Imports

  • Following close on the heels from Port of Auckland recent increase in the cost of VBS slots, Metroport, plus a number of empty depots, are also increasing the VBS cost per container effective February.
  • Welcome news last week that the DP World industrial dispute affecting operations at Australian ports has been resolved, meaning there are no further work to rule disruptions. Inbound vessel scheduling to New Zealand ports via Australia will greatly improve.
  • Scheduled road maintenance closures over the coming weeks on SH1 at the Brynderwyns plus the Desert Road will impact linehaul delivery times.
  • 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.

Exports

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

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Generally, capacity on most services remains high with minimal off-loads.

Asia

  • Increased volume expected after CNY as manufacturers get back to work. Blocked space is in place to cover most origins.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked due to the increased capacity. However, this is likely to change at the end of next month when the seasonal stop operations.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are continuing to work well. Capacity is available on most carriers either via Middle East or USA.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Air NZ airline unit terminal has been operating intermittently and is now out of operation for at least 48 hours. Delays of up to 12 hours after flight arrival are expected.

Exports

Australia

  • Consols are moving as booked. Space available for ad hoc larger shipments.

Asia

  • Some restrictions on capacity during CNY due to full PAX loads through the Asian region.

USA

  • Carriers are struggling to move larger shipments in one hit with delays in transit points across to the final destination, with smaller shipments (less than 5 skids) generally moving without any delays.

UK and EU

  • Shipments are moving as booked. Emirates is still only accepting bookings on their twice-a-week freighters

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Air NZ are having equipment issues at their unit receival dock creating delays and off-loads due to missed close-offs.

Asia

Imports

  • The Lunar New Year holiday began on Saturday 10th February, with all Chinese offices closed for the week and offices throughout the rest of Asia closed for varying periods (most being back Wednesday or Thursday). Manufacturing sites began closing up to 2 weeks ago and may remain closed for a short time following the holiday period, so it will take some time for it to become apparent whether space pressure is likely to continue.
  • Ramadan begins in mid-March and runs through until early April, which will impact productivity out of Indonesia and Malaysia. There are no formal closures, but we expect some factories to run at reduced capacity during that period.
  • Container availability continues to be impacted throughout Asia, as a result of the disruption in the Red Sea and the need for vessels to go around the Cape of Good Hope. Lunar New Year holidays should bring some reprieve, however, we expect this to remain a challenge (to varying degrees depending on shipping line, equipment type and origin) while the conflict continues.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also starting to see the impact of peak season.
  • ANL, MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Due to blank sailings from Asia due to the Chinese New Year, space is filling up on the corresponding export sailings. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Australia

Imports

  • DP World secures a four-year agreement with the Maritime Union, ending Industrial Action. It has been announced that DP World has reached a four-year agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia. This brings an end to the industrial action that has been in place over recent months. As a result of the negotiated agreement, the MUA has withdrawn all Protected Industrial Action, and each terminal has issued VBS notifications about returning to normal slot allocations and operations. While it will take time for the disruptions to ease, this is great news!

Exports

  • It has been announced that DP World has reached a four-year agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia. This brings an end to the industrial action that has been in place over recent months. As a result of the negotiated agreement, the MUA has withdrawn all Protected Industrial Action, and each terminal has issued VBS notifications about returning to normal slot allocations and operations. While it will take time for the disruptions to ease, this is great news!
  • 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 starting to see the impact of peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made most carriers to NZ avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. Maersk, MSC, Cosco, and ONE are all diverting 100% of their vessels. CMA has occasional Suez transit when French Navy escort is available, but their NEMO service has now been diverted around the Cape of Good Hope. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.
  • 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.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • 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 – The Suez Canal attacks continue to cause most container lines to avoid the route. Services continue to sail around the Cape of Good Hope. Some Carriers have also implemented General Rate Increases in addition to the application of Contingency Fees. Most carriers have not altered their online schedules to account for the longer transit time – we are allowing an additional 12-14 days.

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  Ā *Fortnightly

  • Cold weather is causing rail delays. This in turn can delay containers from making vessel cut-offs.
  • LAX – no major congestion. Carriers are under pressure to secure time slots for the wharf in/out movements.
  • Chicago terminal reservations are becoming an issue.
  • Houston port delays – turnaround time at the terminal is 3-4 hours.
  • No strikes currently.
  • Some shipping lines are rolling bookings due to space constraints.
  • USA customs holds are still occurring. This affects all master loaders from the USA.
  • USA Exports affected by Customs inspections.

US Customs and Border Protection Services have increased their activity levels to hold and inspect containers prior to export to check for illegal cargo or contraband.

We have been made aware that there has been a significant increase in illegal trade from the US this year, which has directly resulted in this increase in activity.

Whilst these holds and inspections are outside of our control, they do have an impact on our service in lengthy delays on both our LCL program and FCL bookings, as well as being costly.

When containers are placed on hold for inspection, they are moved off port to a designated facility to be x-rayed or devanned and inspected. This is done based on the arrival date into the facility and can at times mean a wait for weeks before being inspected.

Costs are applied by US Customs and Border Protection and will be prorated across all LCL cargo in our FAK containers or applied directly to the consignee for any FCL containers.

The Customs inspected containers are monitored closely by our Agent and we will endeavor to update you as information comes through.

  • Please do not hesitate to contact your Oceanbridge Representative if you have any concerns or questions.

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 and 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 3 days.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 3 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 7 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 1-3 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo is 3 days. On-dock rail dwell is 4.4 days.
  • Vancouver – Due to adverse weather conditions and significant snow buildup, all Port Terminals in Vancouver are experiencing delays and/or suspension of operations for snow clearance. Berth congestion is no longer an issue. Rail productivity remains steady. Dwell times have decreased to 3 days.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time has reduced to 5.2 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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