New Zealand

Imports

  • Most if not all sectors of the domestic supply chain that involves physical handling including New Zealand ports are operating at reduced capacity due to long term staff resourcing issues being compounded by a continuing high staff sick leave absence ratio. The interisland ferry service which includes trucks carrying north and southbound freight has had a number of crossings cancelled due to crew shortages, CFS facilities devanning FAK containers to make LCL shipments available for uplift consistently have a backlog of a week plus from the time of discharge.
  • Unfortunately the turnaround ability of container depots continues to deteriorate. VBS bookings are often not available for the uplift or drop off of empty units for several days. Acceptances are also sometimes not in place, depots shutting temporarily at short notice further delaying dehire. 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. Overall depot capacity will be further compromised with Maersk / Hamburg Sud shutting their HJD depot this week. 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.
  • Vessel arrival dates into New Zealand ports are inconsistent, Shipping Lines are frequently changing port rotation or omitting calls to try and skirt around port delays – often at short notice.
  • The pump price of diesel eased slightly during July so local trucking FAF has been reduced to 29.7%.
  • Stink bug season begins on September 1st, and this will possibly cause delays in processing MPI permits. Please ensure that documents are provided to us as soon as possible.
  • Foot and mouth controls: MPI advise that they won’t be doing six-sided inspections but will continue with examinations of containers at importers’ premises.

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.
  • Container supply has become problematic as container depots staffing levels reduce many are struggling to repair and upgrade containers.
  • Vessel delays and schedule changes continue to be an issue, we highly recommend that the receival window is confirmed at the time of arranging container transport (both empty in and full back to the port). There is congestion at the Port of Tauranga, this is causing vessels drop back 3-4 days very close to the planned ETD.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia – Qatar Airways have added an extra flight from Adelaide which is a good connection from Melbourne, Air Asia X to start in November which will add extra capacity out of Sydney.
  • Asia – China has opened up a little but most other origins at capacity especially if transiting via another Asian airport.
  • USA – Hawaiian Airlines working well from the East Coast shipments via New York, Air Tahiti Nui now running three flights a week ex Los Angeles, United Airlines and American soon to finalise their summer schedules.
  • UK and EU – Capacity has been squeezed due to the European holiday period, delays on shipments are between 3 and 7 days in some instances, rates do remain high, particularly for maindeck shipments as there are such limited services.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport are 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 booking to other destinations is much easier to obtain, Air Asia X starting in November will add extra capacity across their network.
  • USA – United Airlines can now offer services via Papeete and Delta is also offering services via Sydney, this extra capacity has helped with bookings on non-direct services are being confirmed immediately.
  • UK and EU – Capacity is currently the best for the EU 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

  • Bunching of vessels on almost all services (both North and South-East Asia) means that congestion at the “base ports” for all services builds significantly during the gaps between sailings and, while most lines will clear the backlog when the bunched sailings go through, this will often mean bookings get rolled once or twice – often this may only cost a few days.
  • Many lines are implementing stop bookings on some sailings to ensure they are able to clear these backlogs, in many cases this will be regardless of whether we have allocations in place or not.
  • As a result of this congestion, we are seeing peak season pressure and naturally the lines are beginning to hint at GRI (General Rate Increases) over the coming months. Nothing has been set but we are likely to begin seeing this over the coming weeks.

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, however, 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 1-3 days, however, this is improving.

Australia

Imports

  • New Zealand: TTZ Service – We regret to advise that Safeen Prime has experienced noise emission issues. NSW Ports have banned the vessel from entering Sydney port until the issues are resolved. As a result, the vessel will omit Sydney on her current voyage 2214/2215.
  • Oceanbridge is accepting bookings on the ANL service on the Tacoma Trader, departing fortnightly from Brisbane to Tauranga (via Noumea).
  • The Keta 2215 (ANL TTZ) vessel rolled multiple boxes from Melbourne & Adelaide incurring a 12-day delay transferring to second vessel.
  • Weekly FAK containers for LCL from Sydney/Melbourne/Brisbane and Adelaide (Direct Box).
  • Our packing depot in Melbourne has upgraded premises. Due to this, please see below updated services available for cargo ex Melbourne:
    • FCL Packing – pick up and transport of cargo (cartage), palletising, shrink wrapping, labelling.
    • In transit hazardous cargo handling – including flammable and corrosive goods.
    • Out of gauge packing – including pick up and transport of cargo (cartage), lashing and securing.
    • Alcohol and tobacco packing – we are an approved 77G bond licensed facility.
    • Dairy handling – we are a dairy approved cargo packing facility (unrefrigerated).
    • Personal effects and motor vehicle packing services
    • Hazardous Classes – We can pack goods of all hazardous classes, including:
      • Class 2 – Gases: Compressed, Liquefied, or Dissolved Under Pressure.
      • Class 3 – Flammable Liquids.
      • Class 4 – Flammable Solids etc.
      • Class 5 – Oxidising Agents and Organic Peroxides.
      • Class 6 – Toxic and Infectious Substances.
      • Class 8 – Corrosive Substances and Articles.

Exports

  • Port delays are improving – Sydney is currently 3-6 days and Brisbane is 2 days.
  • The ANL TTZ service will omit Wellington until the 26th August. Please contact your Customer Service representative for alternative sailing options.
  • The ANL vessel Safeen Prime was delayed in Auckland on voyage 2214 as there was confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the crew members onboard. This sailing is now behind schedule for the remaining port calls in NZ.
  • ANL are also having weight stability issues with their sailings and are having to roll bookings. If you have not collected the empty container yet please contact your Customer Service representative for alternative schedule options.
  • 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

  • There will be congestion in Rotterdam, Antwerp area due to low water levels in the canal systems. This causes the barges to be limited in how many containers they can load. Some containers are forced to be trucked at higher costs , and some have to wait to be cleared on later barge sailings and miss their intended vessel. The Rhine River has now been closed which will put a lot of pressure on German truckers from South of Germany.
  • Felixstowe port will be subject to strike action for 8 days from 21st August. Liverpool port is also threatening to go on strike.
  • 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.
  • Please allow 4-5 weeks to secure bookings. Maersk, CMA and MSC are open but Cosco, ONE, OOCL, PIL and Hapag have all stopped taking bookings to NZ due to back logs in transhipment ports.
  • MSC continue to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritized.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFS’s 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

  • Transport into the UK remains heavily booked and congested but is operating reasonably efficiently. Fuel surcharges continue to escalate and will likely increase upon arrival from the departure date, please expect extra charges for door deliveries while the cost of fuel continues to rise.
  • There is significant port congestion in European ports due to containers being stranded because of the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

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 25,000 containers waiting for a train and should be more in the 9,000 range.
    • The combined number of Import containers to Long Beach are down but dwell time is at nine 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.
  • Truckers Oakland work stoppage this week to protest against AB5 that seek to limit use of Independent contractors and largely classify them as employee drivers.

Still truck driver shortage causing congestion at terminals and with covid reasons replacement drivers at short notice can’t be found, so we are incurring penalty rates moving containers.

  • As of Monday morning, ship-position data from MarineTraffic and the latest queue lists for California ports showed 53 container ships waiting off Savannah; 26 off Los Angeles/Long Beach; 24 off Houston; 18 off New York/New Jersey; 17 off Vancouver, British Columbia; 15 off Oakland, California; and 10 ships off other ports.
  • 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 has reduced slightly, however, delays remain significant.
  • The VSA service is now calling Long Beach on every sailing.
  • Containers are still being block stacked on arrival in Vancouver, recent improvement continues with dwell times reducing. Seattle is working well with containers moving off port within days of arrival. Recent protests at the port of Oakland has caused further delay in uplifting containers from the port.
  • Container yards are still over capacity and often are not accepting empty returns resulting in storage and additional transport costs.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. Maersk have stopped bookings for the next 4-5 weeks. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, and New York.

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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