New Zealand

Imports

  • The past 2 weeks has seen an improvement from the ports around their availability of VBS bookings. Regrettably, the delays in obtaining empty container bookings for dehire have deteriorated further, coupled with even longer queues on the depot road grids and more frequent shutdowns as depots choke. With these delays, there is a roll-on effect where containers need to be held somewhere until bookings are made available. Please note that even though there may be bookings available on a particular day, there will be multiple carriers vying for them, and VBS bookings can disappear in seconds. Shipping Lines are not offering relief on detention incurred due to importers and their contracting carrier(s) being unavoidably delayed in being able to dehire. Local carriers are doing their best to manage by uplifting empty containers to clear ATF delivery sites and hubbing until a live acceptance is in place at the empty depot but there is inevitably also a cost for this. The cost of making a booking to dehire an empty container increased effective 1st September.
  • CFS facilities devanning FAK containers to make LCL shipments available for uplift have more containers to devan than available capacity, leading to delays of 1 to 2 weeks in LCL shipments being made available from the time the container discharges.
  • Rail from Tauranga to the inland port in Onehunga, Metroport, is generally coping with the volume but the number of days for containers to be railed from the time of discharge is subject to fluctuation.
  • Vessel arrival dates into New Zealand ports are more often than not in variance with the scheduled ETA. Shipping Lines are frequently changing port rotation or omitting calls to try and skirt around port delays – often at short notice.
  • Warehouses utilised for storing, 3 PL management of imported shipments are now largely full in the main centres and unable to offer any additional capacity. The cost of storing goods when capacity is available has increased sharply.
  • Regrettably, the issues outlined are likely to continue to roll into the medium term due to world factors outside of New Zealand’s control. The tight labour market locally is exacerbating a lack of resources to cope with the fluctuation in demands, capacity issues and is the driving force for a general rate increase in Port Service Charge for LCL per W/M effective 01 October plus an increase in delivery costs for LCL plus FCL depending on the provider.
  • Part of the training and responsibility for Accredited Persons is ensuring the cleanliness of the container upon completion of devanning. This includes actioning any interceptions and sweeping any contamination found inside the container. Once completed, the container should be free of any contaminants and the sweepings should be held securely in your biosecurity waste bins prior to destruction. We have received reports that containers are being received after clearance at a transitional facility with contaminants still present.

Biosecurity NZ has notified us that they will work closely with port and dehire facilities to identify any containers found with contaminants, and follow up with the transitional facility that devanned the container. These follow-up actions could include a corrective action, an infringement or further enforcement action depending on the contamination level and potential risk to New Zealand

Exports

  • Covid-related illness is impacting warehousing and container depots staffing levels. Please expect delays at container freight stations and container depots. It would be prudent to plan your export loading 1-2 days earlier than usual where possible.
  • Hapag Lloyd, ANL, & CMA CGM are desperately short of equipment. A reduction of inbound container flows is impacting Auckland, Tauranga, and Nelson in particular, however, equipment is in short supply in all regions.
  • The Port of Tauranga remains congested. Vessel arrival/departure dates are volatile, with some vessels berthing days early with no advanced notice.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Brisbane capacity remains full and we are forced to move larger shipments via Sydney.
    • Melbourne consol moving as booked each week but difficult to get extra capacity.
  • Asia
    • Pre-booked consolidations are still moving as booked and airlines are willing to offer reduced rates for larger adhoc shipments.
    • Transit times from most origins remains acceptable as shipments are moving as booked.
  • USA
    • United Airlines to start operations on 3rd October with a 3 x weekly service that will increase to daily by the end of the year.
    • Still limited freighter capacity for any over length or over size shipments.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally moving as booked at agreed rate levels, however, there remains a large variation in rate levels for adhoc shipments depending on the origin and airline used.
    • Rates for maindeck shipments remain extremely high.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to all main destinations remains good with consols moving as booked unless there is an engineering issue with the freighter services.
  • Asia
    • China is still at full capacity but bookings to other destinations are much easier to obtain.
    • China Airlines are increasing their capacity and Malaysian are adding adhoc services.
  • USA
    • United Airlines to start operations on 3rd October with a 3 x weekly service that will increase to daily by the end of the year.
    • Still limited freighter capacity for any over length or over size shipments.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity to the EU is currently the best it has been for some time with carriers confirming bookings with transit times of around three days.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Asia

Imports

  • Golden Week in 2022 certainly hasn’t had the same hectic lead up as we have seen in previous years. This is largely due to schedules being so erratic that most lines have been able to adjust their schedule as to limit any impact of calling over this period. Adding to the general apathy to Golden Week is overall diminishing cargo volumes, meaning less pressure to get bookings away.
  • As alluded to above, schedules continue to be an issue, however, many lines have advised that Ports of Auckland will attempt to reintroduce berthing windows over the next 6 months. As most of the delays are now caused off the coast of New Zealand, any improvements in Auckland and Tauranga should see significant improvements to schedule integrity.
  • Equipment supplies in all major origins across North and South-East Asia should now be improved including NOR equipment at most direct call (base) ports.
  • Feeder services have improved dramatically over the past 2–3 months, meaning that cargo is starting to accumulate at transship ports, putting pressure on main vessels, but as this issue is now almost exclusively limited to New Zealand services, we are not seeing any overall congestion issues at these ports.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving, however, we are still seeing a shortage of reefer equipment across all shipping lines.
  • Advanced bookings are a challenge with more lines imposing cancellation fees, schedule changes, and reduced booking windows. We recommend discussing options with your Customer Services representative as to how to best handle your booking(s).
  • MSC & OOCL are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • ANL have temporarily suspended cargo to the Philippines.
  • Berth congestion has been an issue in Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Port Kelang. Current delays are between 1-2 days and this is improving.

Australia

Imports

  • Typically, the Australian Grain season starts to fall in June through to November but this year due to peak levels continuing there is a serious shortage of 20’ containers for export.
    • This has meant that across all shipping lines 20’ containers are impossible to secure.
    • First bookings early October.
  • Maersk 20/40’ equipment availability is very limited for all of September.
  • Future sailings for Safeen Prime on the ANL TTZ dedicated service will have the following changes:
    • This vessel has been banned from entering Sydney Harbor due to noise emission levels
    • This ship will omit Wellington and Sydney.
    • Nelson imports will be discharged in Auckland
  • The Safeen Prime ship will go out of the service at the beginning of October, and be replaced. Vessel replacements in September / October.

Exports

  • Port delays are improving – current average waiting time in Sydney is 2 days and Brisbane is 1 day.
  • The Safeen Prime v2216 will omit Wellington and Sydney. Sydney cargo will tranship via Melbourne.
  • The new ANL ANZ Shuttle service has begun its first voyage from Brisbane. The ANL TTZ service will change rotation – Wellington and Nelson port calls will be removed from the new rotation.
  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line so we recommend checking with your Export Customer Services representative well in advance of any upcoming bookings you may require.
  • Please note, due to the Omicron variant, Australia is experiencing severe staff and labour shortages. Transport bookings are now requiring 4 days notice prior to delivery. We are now also seeing long waits for Biosecurity inspections to be completed.
  • The depots are also seeing staff and labour shortages. This is affecting the timeliness with which our FAK containers are being unpacked and cargo being made available for collection/delivery.

Europe

Imports

  • The Felixstowe port union has announced another strike from September 27th to October 5th. Liverpool port is also on strike from September 19th to October 3rd. There are considerable back logs at all UK ports that need to be worked through.
  • Truck drivers from Poland and Germany have been involved in Ukraine aid efforts and many have stopped working their normal routes. This means it can take longer to find available truckers in these two countries for container pick-ups.
  • Maersk, CMA, and MSC are open for bookings from most ports now but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to NZ due to back logs in transshipment ports.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargo which is prioritised.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFSs are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season will start again on September 1st and remain in place until April 30th. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • An eight-day strike at the key Port of Felixstowe, in the UK finished August 29th, affecting supply chains across Europe and impact dozens of vessels. The strike by around 1,900 workers over wages disrupted trade, delayed vessels and forced port changes. Felixstowe handles half of the containerised freight entering the UK, the strike has caused congestion at other UK ports. Further action appears a strong possibility as the union United have not accepted the 7% pay offer, the union has warned it would set further strike dates if the Port would not negotiate further.
  • Hamburg is severely disrupted by the current congestion levels across Europe and the port itself is subject to congestion on port, long vessel berth waiting times, resulting in significant delays. This has been caused by a magnitude of factors, including labour shortages due to strike action and holiday season, high dwell on import cargo, demand surges into North Europe ports and inland terminal bottlenecks. The situation is expected to continue through October.
  • Rotterdam & Antwerp have increased congestion due to the Felixstowe strikes.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach reinstatement on the PNW loop vessels weekly service from the CMA-CGM Dutch Harbour v 229s ETD 29th September from the West Coast to New Zealand and Australia.
    • Long Beach terminals have an average wait time 10 days. This is due to terminal congestion, due to import dwell times of containers.
    • The combined number of Import containers to Long Beach are down but dwell time is at 10 days.
    • Import containers being shipped via rail are moving out too slowly and will have a flow on affect with terminal congestion at Long Beach.
    • American freight via rail roads are incredibly chaotic right now as union members may go on strike later this month.
    • Delays still with rail into Long Beach from the mid-west. The best option is to use the East Coast ports for FAK/ FCL containers.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time currently 15 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time 1-3 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Truck driver shortages are causing congestion at terminals and, due to Covid reasons, replacement drivers cannot be found at short notice, so we are incurring penalty rates moving containers.
  • The previous BMSB requirements will be reinstated for the upcoming BMSB season and will be made permanent for all future BMSB seasons (between 1 September and 30 April).

Exports

  • The VSA service to the West Coast seeing significant delays on arrival dates into Tauranga. Vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports have reduced slightly, however, delays remain significant.
  • The VSA service is now calling Long Beach on every sailing.
  • There are significant delays in Oakland due to congestion and recent protest. Seattle is working well with containers moving off port within days of arrival. Vancouver and Long Beach have improved, however, there are still delays.
  • Container yards are over capacity, particularly in California, often not accepting empty returns resulting in storage and additional transport costs.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, New Orleans and New York. Maersk have ceased transiting cargo via Panama into US ports, this is now being offered via Asia with transit times exceeding 80 days.
  • Due to congestion in Oceania, all ANP East Coasts vessels will slide by one week in October effectively resulting in a blank sailing on the service in week 41 (week starting October 10th).

South America

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

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