New Zealand

Imports

  • This month, both Port of Tauranga and Auckland are transitioning back to reinstating berth windows for scheduled vessel calls. Schedule disruption has eased considerably on most routes worldwide, so it is a positive response that will hopefully give more certainty in planning for exporters & importers.
  • There has been some relief in Auckland container depot congestion over the past fortnight, partially due to a softening of impot container volumes. There are still challenges as the underlying resourcing and capacity issues are still in evidence. Local carriers are not yet in a position to be able to achieve pre-pandemic SLAs for dehire turnaround but the average timespan to dehire from empty notification has improved.
  • We continue to see MPI applications take several days to be processed and thank all those who are able to get clearance documents to us early as this helps a lot in spreading the load.
  • A number of MPI import health standards are being revised at present. This has affected the imports of fish and wood products. We continue to work with MPI to get clarification as to changes and any new documents required and will talk directly to those customers affected as we have more information.

Exports

  • Due to Cyclone Gabrielle, cargo moving north from the Hawke’s Bay region must transit via Fielding, adding significant cost and impacting lead times to meet port deadlines.

State Highway 5 between will open to limited freight convoys from March 15th. There is restricted access to this route, thus there will be no meaningful impact in the short term. It is expected that access will be extended in the coming weeks.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Emirates freighter now running to schedule.
  • There are some additional services with the TSA freighter from Melbourne.

Asia

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

USA

  • Reduced capacity, however, consols moving as booked and only minimal delays for larger shipments.

UK and EU

  • Rates are still variable depending on origin, and airlines are still not committing to complete tariffs.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Major delays at Menzies Aviation Terminal due to staffing shortages.

Exports

Australia

  • With additional service options, space on consols is readily available, just some delays for securing large adhoc shipments.

Asia

  • Some increased capacity as carriers add additional services.

USA

  • Reduced capacity across most carriers resulting in some delays for larger bookings.

UK and EU

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

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Major delays at Menzies Aviation Terminal due to staffing shortages.

Asia

Imports

  • As ports around the country begin to re-establish berthing windows we are starting to see the long-term scheduling for most services settle back into a weekly pattern. Any delays seen now will be due to vessel bunching; however, once a full rotation is completed (6 – 7 weeks) we should see this settle. The downside of this is that the capped vessel exchanges mean that carriers may be restricted in what they can offload at each port. At this point, we envisage this mostly impacting import bookings to Tauranga, where carriers may want to reserve their exchange more for export containers.
  • China seems to be out the other side of its recent COVID wave, with manufacturing mostly back to normal and almost no impact on transport or terminal operations.
  • Overall, the declining volumes from Asia into New Zealand means that, in most cases, first choice carriers have space and equipment available. However, we are beginning to see some challenges attaining 20’ dry containers from some markets (especially food quality containers). Many carriers invested heavily in new 40’ dry stock in 2021 and 2022 and are now looking at replenishing their 20’ stock over the coming months.

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.

Australia

Imports

  • ANL TTZ Vessel schedule is back on track! Delays have improved and transit from Melbourne to Auckland is approx. 5 days.
  • Space is available on all services, and general and specialised equipment is available.
  • Fortnightly LCL service from Adelaide to Auckland direct.
  • Accepting hazardous bookings for LCL and FCL.
  • March the 13th is Victoria Labour Day.

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, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis until the end of Q2 2023.
  • 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.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season is winding down. All departures ex Europe from this week will arrive after April 30th so do not need any BMSB treatment or documentation. The season will start again on September 1st.
  • 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 NZ due to back logs in transshipment ports.
  • Rates have softened on most carriers.
  • Industrial action in France affecting some pick-ups.
  • Trucking shortages in Poland still being experienced at drivers are diverted to government programs to assist Ukraine.

Exports

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

North America

Imports

  • Union Pacific reached sick leave agreements with two unions, the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers (NCFO) and the Brotherhood of Railway Carmen (BRC).
    • UP said the agreements will be effective April 1st. They call for the two unions to receive access to up to seven paid days to use for sick leave.
  • 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.
  • Ocean schedules have improved, but delays remain higher than they used to be.
    • 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.
  • 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).
  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. First day of receiving was 20th February 2023. The new address is:
    • ECU WORLDWIDE C/O EMPIRE CFS INC.
    • 19516 SOUTH SUSANA ROAD
    • COMPTON, CA 90221

Exports

  • West Coast ports continue to work well. 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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