New Zealand

Imports

  • Since the recent Kiwirail line maintenance shutdown between the Port of Tauranga & Metroport, normal transit times have largely been restored. 1–5 days is the norm for priority selected containers and 2-7 days for non-priority movements. There is a maintenance shut on a different section of track over the 2 short weeks affecting the ability to move containers from Ports of Auckland to rail hubs further south.
  • Container depot capacity in the main centres, especially Auckland, is 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. Increasingly the only option for trucking companies is to uplift the empty container(s) from importer’s premises and then hub the containers called in until they can obtain an active acceptance with a matching booking, several days later. The impending short weeks and reduced depot working hours are going to be a further challenge. Shipping Lines are not offering any relief on detention free time due to the delay in being able to dehire containers.
  • There is an ongoing resourcing issue in the New Zealand supply chain driven by a long-term lack of skilled & semi-skilled labour. A resurgence in covid along with staff absenteeism for other reasons is, and will, continue to be a major factor hindering the Ports, warehousing, and trucking companies’ ability to cope with existing volumes. With warehouse storage capacity for imports at a premium coupled with no relief on demurrage or detention, please plan to have resources available to receive incoming shipments over the Christmas period.
  • VBS charges will increase in line with the recently announced adjustments to be billed by Ports of Auckland from 1st January 2023.
  • Local trucking FAF will reduce from 27.3% to 26% in January.
  • MPI are experiencing a large volume of applications for BACCs. These numbers are expected to be high over the next few weeks, please send through any documents for clearance to the team as soon as possible so that we can apply for the releases required and avoid delays.

Exports

  • Congestion at the Port of Tauranga continues to cause havoc with constant date changes and receiving dates not being confirmed until close to vessel departure. Please monitor the Port of Tauranga website closely and aim to have your containers on port at the first opportunity.
  • Equipment shortages continue for Hapag Lloyd, ANL & CMA CGM, and Maersk. Nelson, Port Chalmers, and Napier are the most impacted.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • We have increased our Melbourne consol to three days a week.
    • Our Sydney consol has been increased to two days a week.
    • Qantas have downgraded their aircraft to narrow-body from Melbourne, so there may be capacity issues in the coming weeks.
  • Asia
    • Some additional capacity from China as Air NZ increases flights from Shanghai and Hong Kong.
  • USA
    • Delays from East Coast due to inclement winter, this is likely to continue until early January.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally move 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.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to Melbourne has been restricted due to schedule disruption with the freighter carriers.
    • Qantas is downgrading aircraft to narrow-body.
  • Asia
    • Shipments moving as booked, and some capacity issues are on direct services only.
  • USA
    • Plenty of options and capacities.
    • Air New Zealand have restarted their Chicago service.
  • UK and EU
    • Emirates has started a new twice-weekly freighter service to Dubai for connections to Europe, this will add extra capacity to the UK and EU.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Asia

Imports

  • The industrial action in South Korea has now been resolved and we are seeing normality rapidly return to their trucking network. We expect there will be some backlog, but this should come right in the next week or two.
  • The relaxation in China’s Zero-COVID strategy will see some certainty return over the coming months, however, there are still indications that the restrictions will be in place on movements between Hong Kong and Southern China in the lead-up to the Chinese New Year. We are still awaiting confirmed details, although we expect the situation to change depending on the settings.
  • Any service that calls both Auckland and Tauranga is being impacted by significant delays with wait times for berths out to 14 days at each port, this is leading to huge delays on these services, impacting the number of sailings.
  • Chinese New Year (Year of the Rabbit) will be celebrated on Sunday 22 January, which will mean closures across China the week following. This is very early in the year and with the limited number of sailings available, it is worth discussing any requirements for orders leaving around this time with your Customer Services representative.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving; however, we are still seeing a shortage of reefer equipment at some origins.
  • 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 is minimal – currently seeing 1-2 days or less. South-East Asia is seeing waits of 1 day or less.
  • China is currently battling COVID outbreaks in cities across the country from Zhengzhou in central Henan province to Guangzhou in the south and Chongqing in the southwest. If you have cargo on the water to any of these destinations, please make contact with your Customer Services representative to discuss options for discharge in alternative locations.

Australia

Imports

  • Good News… Space seems to be opening up from Australia to NZ!
  • 20’ equipment is available again.
  • We have an allocation on direct calling Adelaide vessels.
  • January sailings ex Brisbane look the best it has in a long time with plenty of space.
  • MSC has a direct Sydney to Tauranga/Metroport service 6-day transit.
  • Hazardous seems to be easier to move with multiple lines willing to accept bookings.
  • Melbourne cartage companies are making an extra special effort to collect LCL bookings to the depot in time for close-off.
  • Thank you for all your patience and understanding this year. It’s been challenging for us all. 2023 will be a very different year with space opening up and new services coming into the Trade. Watch this space.

Exports

  • Port delays continue across the country – current average waiting time in Sydney is 1-3 days, Melbourne is 1-2 days and Brisbane is approx. 1 day.
  • There has been another change to the ANZ Shuttle service second vessel – this is now the ANL Tasman Trader. The ANL Tasman Trader call Brisbane, Sydney, and Tauranga. The other vessel on this service will change to be the Contship Win from early December – this vessel calls Tauranga, Brisbane, and Noumea.
  • On the TTZ service, the X Press Nuptse will be replaced by the Capitaine Baret in January 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.
  • 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) will be increasing the AQIS Processing Charge for shipments arriving by sea from the 16th of January 2023. The revised charge will be AUD 58 per declared consignment.

Europe

Imports

  • Blank sailings and port omissions are affecting schedule integrity, particularly from UK.
  • Felixstowe port strike resolved but backlogs are being worked through.
  • 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.
  • 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 large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritised.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • 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.
  • Due to recent strikes in Felixstowe, there is congestion in Southampton.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach terminal has no vessels waiting.
  • The combined number of import containers to Long Beach is down by 11% for November.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time is currently 5 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time is 1-2 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Houston / Savannah waiting time is up to 10 days at port terminals.
  • A legal rail strike has been averted with President Biden signing into law legislation that requires the unions and railroads to adopt a contract negotiated in September.
  • Trucking has now eased due to the drop in import containers from Asia on the West Coast.
  • Still, the 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

  • Congestion at Tauranga has seen resulted in vessels waiting at anchor for prolonged periods. Consequentiality the Debussy (planned ETD January 6th) is omitting Tauranga and calling Napier to discharge import cargo with no opportunity to load any export cargo.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, New Orleans 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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