New Zealand

Imports

  • Cyclone Gabrielle has been the source of widespread disruption to air & sea freight operations including Auckland airport, Auckland port, Port of Tauranga, Napier plus container yards, freight facilities, rail, road carriers, and interisland ferries.
  • Port of Tauranga is experiencing heavy vessel congestion leading to a spike in last-minute vessel diversions and delays at anchorage before being allocated a berth. Expect delays.
  • Napier Port – All port sites will remain closed until 1200 (midday) Thursday 16th February.
  • Auckland container depot congestion continues to be a real pinch point in the rotation of mainly import containers. Capacity in the main centres, especially Auckland are operating at an overcapacity level and unable to handle the volume of empty containers for dehire or turn around units to make them available for export use. Key depots have either shut altogether for lengthy periods or significantly restricted the number of acceptance bookings issued. Two major weather disruptions have exacerbated the issue. Often the only option for trucking companies is to uplift the empty container(s) from importers’ premises and then hub the containers called in until they can obtain an active acceptance with a matching booking, many days later. The backlog of hubbed containers waiting to be dehired is significant. It will take some time to redress the imbalance even with a concerted effort to reuse containers for export, and evacuate unused empties out of New Zealand as the latter requires a redirection of scarce resources away from handling import containers. The response from Shipping Lines for relief on detention incurred due to delays in dehires has been mixed at best.
  • Whilst international freight rates have largely progressively reduced along with a restoration of supply chain balance in a good number of trade routes, the long-term lack of investment in infrastructure, and human resourcing in New Zealand will continue to be a major impediment to the efficient port, rail, landside movement of freight locally with no quick or easy fix.

Exports

  • Tappers has implemented a new procedure to ensure they receive the correct export cargo. This new measure has been put in place to avoid the potential of mislabeling and/or receiving incorrect freight.

Shippers/Exporters must clearly label all cargo on all four sides before sending it to Tappers. Additionally, a copy of the Oceanbridge Booking Confirmation must be attached to the outside of the cargo for delivery.

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in the cargo being rejected.

This new procedure became fully effective on Monday 6th February 2023. Tappers will now reject deliveries where the cargo has “No Marks.” Our team will remind you of these requirements with each new booking.

  • Cyclone Gabrielle has caused havoc with road, port, and container depot closures across the North Island.
  • Congestion at the Port of Tauranga had worsened prior to the cyclone with wait times of 14 days, we expect wait times to escalate to 16-17 days. Subsequently, Carriers are diverting vessels from Tauranga or omitting, there will be a disruption for all services in the coming weeks. We will communicate bookings changes as they come to hand. Departure and close-off dates are changing quickly, please monitor Port websites closely and aim to have your containers on port at the first opportunity.
  • Equipment shortages continue for Hapag Lloyd, ANL, & CMA CGM & Maersk. Nelson, Port Chalmers, and Napier are the most impacted.

Airfreight

Imports

Cyclone Update

  • On 13th February, almost all international flights to/from Auckland were cancelled along with cargo terminals.
  • Terminals and airlines are now back operating; however, there will be schedule changes and delays for the remainder of the week.

Australia

  • We have increased our Melbourne consol to a daily service.
  • Emirates has confirmed a 777-freighter service starting this week from Sydney.

Asia

  • There is capacity on all current carriers from Asia, however, larger shipments may be split over a couple of flights.

USA

  • No capacity issues with all consols moving as booked.

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.

Exports

Cyclone Update

  • On 13th February, almost all international flights to/from Auckland were cancelled along with cargo terminals.
  • Terminals and airlines are now back operating; however, there will be schedule changes and delays for the remainder of the week.

Australia

  • Texel Air has announced they are entering the trans-tasman market with a 737 freighter, more details are to follow.

Asia

  • Emirates has introduced a weekly 777 freighter service to Hanoi and Dubai with onward freighter connection across the network.

USA

  • Plenty of options and capacities with shipments moving as booked.

UK and EU

  • Some delays in shipments via the USA.
  • Shipments via Asia and Middle East are generally moving as booked.

Asia

Imports

  • Lower demand from China has meant the effects of COVID throughout China have not had the same impact as feared with most manufacturers able to cope with demand despite reports of a depleted workforce. Areas with higher population density seem to have borne the brunt of the outbreak early but are now (anecdotally) on the decline from the peak.
  • Scheduling is beginning to improve but we are still seeing gaps in between sailings of 8 – 10 days followed by some vessel bunching.
  • Space and equipment availability are no longer challenges across most Asian origins, the issue has shifted somewhat to the local depots (especially in Auckland) so our focus remains to prioritise services/lines that engage with us over resolving issues dehiring and offering additional free time to ensure that detention can be avoided where possible.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving for general cargo; however, reefer space is at capacity due to export peak season.
  • 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, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia has gotten heavier – currently seeing 3-5 days except for Hong Kong which is only facing minor congestion. South-East Asia is seeing waits of 1 day or less.
  • The Lunar New Year holiday may have caused delays in cargo reaching its final destination – please contact us if your cargo has not yet arrived at its destination.

Australia

Imports

  • Due to port congestion in Tauranga, the Spirit of Auckland made a last-minute decision to divert to Sydney omitting Tauranga.
    • All containers that were due to discharge in Tauranga will be reloaded on the Rio Blanco 308N.
  • Space and equipment are available on all lines of Trans-Tasman Eastbound.
  • ANL schedule is still showing delays.
  • ZIM and ANL (TTZ) services are currently calling Ports of Auckland, to avoid the current congestion in Tauranga.
  • LCL cargo is currently shipping in direct boxes from Brisbane to Lyttelton and weekly from Sydney and Melbourne to Lyttleton.
  • LCL cargo is currently loading on a fortnightly service sailing direct from Adelaide to Auckland Metroport.

Exports

  • Port delays continue across the country but have reduced – current average waiting time in Sydney and Brisbane is 1 day, Melbourne is 0.5 days.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, ANL Tasman Trader v2302 & v2304 will omit Tauranga due to congestion and these sailings will now make an adhoc call to Auckland instead.
  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line. We recommend checking with your Export Customer Services representative well in advance of any upcoming bookings you may require.
  • The depots in Australia are facing 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. There is also the possibility of waiting time at the depots when collecting freight and this can incur charges from transport providers. A pallet shortage in Australia is causing disruptions to transporting goods around the country. Depots will have a returns/swap policy in place.
  • DAFF (The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) increased the AQIS Processing Charge for shipments arriving by sea from the 16th of January 2023. The revised charge is AUD 58 per declared consignment.

Europe

Imports

  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Maersk, CMA, and MSC are open for bookings from most ports now but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to New Zealand due to backlogs in transshipment ports.
  • Rates have softened on most carriers.
  • MSC continues to have delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritised.
  • Trucking shortages in Poland are still being experienced as drivers are diverted to government programs to assist Ukraine.
  • Industrial action in France affecting some pick-ups.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season is in place from September 1st and will remain in place until April 30th. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • There is congestion in Hamburg, resulting in delays with on carriage of other EU destinations and deliveries into Germany.

North America

Imports

  • Port Tracker forecasts that import volumes in January and February will be roughly even with pre-COVID levels then will bounce back above them again in March-May.
  • The US to NZ market update shows that last month’s imports were down 19.3% year on year and down 1.3% versus November.
  • Ocean schedules have improved, but delays remain higher than they used to be. In the first week of January, the Flexport Ocean Timeliness Indicator for the Asia-U.S. route was still 25% higher than three years ago.
  • The coastal mix is also much different. Ports on the East and Gulf coasts continue to handle significantly higher volumes than before the pandemic. Volumes on the West Coast are much lower than they used to be.
  • A new West Coast dockworker labour contract has still not been signed, over seven months after the last one expired.
  • Still, truck driver shortage causing congestion on the East Coast at terminals, due to Covid reasons, replacement drivers at short notice cannot be found, 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

  • West Coast ports continue to improve with minimal delays at port. Container yards remain at capacity impacting container dehiring and subsequent additional costs.
  • The East Coast services remain heavily booked; we anticipate this to continue for the foreseeable future.

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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