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Date: 16th August 2023

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New Zealand

Imports

  • The resurfacing work being carried out on Fergusson Terminal pad at Ports of Auckland has entered the 2nd phase. Completion is targeted for the end of September. There are some delays in working container vessels due to reduced capacity in the meantime.
  • A GRI of 9% at the CODA / Tappers freight stations is effective from 1st September. Regrettably, local charges for LCL shipments will have to be increased in line with the GRI.
  • Overall container depot capacity continues to be an unresolved issue with restricted dehire slots being made available at several large Auckland sites.
  • 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 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 inhouse 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 running as booked. The Sydney to Auckland schedule increasing from mid-August.
  • Asia
    • Still capacity from most origins, however, Shanghai is starting to get full again, so larger bookings are taking up to a week to move.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. Ad-hoc larger bookings are being accepted almost immediately with more capacity coming to the market in the summer.
  • UK and EU
    • Consols from main Origins are all working well. Rates are starting to stabilize, and we expect full tariffs to be available from most Origins towards the second part of this year.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Due to an oversupply of capacity, Singapore Airlines is looking to cancel certain freighter flights to Melbourne. They are currently twice weekly, but this might change.
  • Asia
    • China Southern Airlines are introducing a direct Christchurch to Guangzhou service in November.
  • USA
    • Capacity is available for small to medium shipments, but harder to get confirmed bookings for a departure within 48 hours for anything over 3000kg.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity is available via the Middle East, however, Emirates is pushing larger consignments to their twice-weekly freighter services.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Volumes from North Asia have strengthened which has been reflected in a tightness of desirable direct services from China. There remain options to move cargo via transshipment hubs such as Singapore and Malaysia, albeit with a slightly extended transit time. We have come across recent examples where transshipment routed shipments have been faster than having shipments rolled on direct services.
  • As some of these strains throughout North Asia are becoming evident, we are seeing a move for larger volume shipments typically between 15-20cbm shipping as LCL due to their priority loading status. We suggest talking to your Oceanbridge Representative about this if you have urgent cargo.
  • The flow-on effects of the current terminal resurfacing at Ports of Auckland has led to more congestion which in turn has meant schedule reliability has been compromised to a degree.

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 a 0.5-2-day delay currently. The berth congestion in South-East Asia is now around 0.5-1 day.

Australia

Imports

  • A reminder on hazardous requirement rules: Every Haz/DG booking request must be submitted with DG documents required for approval. Bookings cannot be fully accepted until approval is received from all vessels and transshipment points. Transshipment Ports and partner vessel approval may take longer and can be rejected based on their local regulations. Haz/DG bookings must be approved 72 hours before vessel cut-off. If product details change from one DG type to another after packing, the DG approval process starts again, where new approvals will be required. General bookings cannot be altered to reflect a Haz booking. The general booking will need to be cancelled and a new Haz/DG booking request submitted for processing.

Exports

  • Ports are now working with minimal delays of 0-0.5 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season will start again on September 1st. The processes and risk countries should be the same as last season.
  • Holiday season in full swing, and some factories will close for 1-2 weeks, particularly in Italy.
  • 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

  • Space and Carrier options are starting to open up for the UK and Europe. There is some congestion in Singapore causing delays in transshipment.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.

*Fortnightly

  • In the USA we partner with over 120 intermodal carriers, stevedoring companies, and portside operation facilities to provide complete service and coverage for all USA/Canada ports and ramps.
  • We specialize in LCL, FCL, and Container Drayage as well as project cargo handling.
  • Oceanbridge offers a very smart consolidation service. If you have multiple suppliers that currently do not have enough volume for an FCL, consolidate orders and keep the supply chain moving.
  • The 2023-2024 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season will start on September 1st and run 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, automotive, parts, motorcycles, tyres, and jet skis. The manufacturer’s 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

  • Panama Canal – An extended dry season has reduced the availability of water, required to allow vessels to pass through the Panama Canal’s locks, causing congestion. Recently the state-owned Panama Canal Authority limited the number of vessels passing through the waterway each day to an average of 32, down from the usual 36. It also restricted the permitted maximum depth of ships. We have not seen any delays with shipping from New Zealand via Panama, but we will continue to monitor.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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