New Zealand

Imports

  • The effects of Cyclone Gabrielle on the roading network of affected areas are, unfortunately, going to be a medium to a long-term issue. The long-term lack of investment in infrastructure, and human resourcing in New Zealand has been further exposed by weather events & will continue to be a major impediment to the efficient port, rail, and landside movement of freight locally with no quick or easy fix.
  • Port of Tauranga is experiencing heavy vessel congestion leading to a spike in last-minute vessel diversions or delays at anchorage before being allocated a berth. Expect delays.
  • 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 greatly 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. Shipping Lines’ response to relief on detention incurred due to delays in dehires has been mixed at best. A pool of empty containers languishing in Auckland depots from the recently defunct Focus Shipping Lines is a compounding factor.
  • Trucking FAF for March is 26%.

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.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Emirates have had a few maintenance issues with their new freighter service from Sydney, however, this looks to be rectified and the flights are back on schedule.

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

  • No capacity issues with all consols moving as booked.

UK and EU

  • We have a new weekly consol service from London and Amsterdam being launched in March at reduced rate levels.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Air New Zealand cargo terminal is running OK.
  • Menzies Aviation is struggling to retain staff and collection times are much longer than normal.

Exports

Australia

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

Asia

  • Generally, there are a number of options on various carriers with a lot of capacity.

USA

  • United Airlines have advised they will be reducing their schedule from the end of March to three flights a week, which will impact capacity.

UK and EU

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

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are running OK, even with limited staff.

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

  • ANL schedule integrity ex Sydney and Melbourne seems to be slowly coming back, however, the delays have impacted our FAK program.
  • There is an abundance of options for Trans-Tasman Eastbound FCL, LCL, Hazardous, and Non- Hazardous, Food-grade and Reefer cargo. Please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for further information.
  • Brisbane – LCL we have changed services please check our weekly sailing schedules.
  • Hazardous Cargo is now accepted by multiple shipping lines.

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.
  • 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

  • BMSB Season is winding down. All departures ex Europe from next 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 backlogs in transshipment ports.
  • Rates have softened on most carriers.
  • MSC continues to have delays in Singapore, with the 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 is affecting some pick-ups.

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 over the weekend 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 1. They call for the two unions to receive access to up to seven paid days to use for sick leave.
  • 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.
  • Ocean schedules have improved, but delays remain higher than before. 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.
  • January imports into Long beach were down 28.4% year on year so no congestion in Long Beach for exports.
  • 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. The 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, although the full effect of Winter Storm Olive is yet to be assessed. 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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