New Zealand

Imports

  • All sectors of the domestic supply chain, including New Zealand ports, are operating at reduced capacity due to staff resourcing issues. This is compounded by a continuing high staff sick leave absence ratio.
  • A solid number of backlogged containers were cleared from the large rail block stacks at Tauranga to rail Metroport over the weekend, but the variable transit time for non-priority selected containers can be 2 to 15 days.
  • For all New Zealand ports, the actual arrival times for vessels transiting the Australian East Coast is unpredictable. Brisbane port has been adversely affected for some months. Weather delays have also been a factor in New Zealand ports and container depots.
  • Container depots are still challenged with changeable stock & staffing resource levels, affecting the ability for carriers to uplift containers for export, dehire empty containers. Frequently, acceptances are not in place 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.
  • Due to operational delays, CMA CGM ANL declared Force Majeure for the Auckland call of Antwerp Bridge V209. The vessel is instead calling at Northport this week with containers being made available for importers to collect from next week (week 26). R&D is expected to take 2 to 3 weeks to complete as there are 1876 containers to be cleared post discharge.
  • MPI

The next season of BMSB is only around the corner, the new season starts for shipments shipped on the 1st of September while the new standard is still being confirmed we believe that nothing major will change from what was in place last year, we will keep you updated as the new standard is released, if you have any questions please contact our Customs Manager – Stephen Pipes, stephenp@oceanbridge.co.nz

Exports

  • The second wave of 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 and this is causing vessels drop back 3-4 days very close to the planned ETD.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia – Qatar Airways have added extra flight from Adelaide which is a good connection from Melbourne. Air Asia X to start in November that will add extra capacity out of Sydney.
  • Asia – Capacity has shrunk a little over the school holidays due to max passenger loads creating a delay of between 48 and 72 hours from most origins across Asia.
  • 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 is being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Exports

  • Australia – Still plenty of capacity to Sydney and a new freighter service is starting to Melbourne in the coming weeks that will give us more options.
  • Asia – China is still at full capacity but bookings to other destinations are much easier to obtain. Air Asia X are starting in November will add extra capacity across their network.
  • USA – It’s still taking a couple of days to confirm bookings but the extra capacity from various airlines has certainly opened up the market.
  • UK and EU – Capacity is currently the best to 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

  • Schedule issues continue to be the biggest challenge with long gaps between sailings on most services, often followed by “stacking” on subsequent sailings. While there is generally a promising outlook that these will improve, we expect this will remain an issue until, at least, the end of 2022.
  • As a result of the scheduling issues, we are constantly adjusting the services that we are utilising for our LCL program, in order to ensure we are able to continue to move cargo on a regular basis. This is possible from most destinations, however, our Busan, Tokyo, and Kobe containers will not be able to be adjusted. Therefore, we will have to ride out any gaps in the schedule from these origins, and may also be limited to existing allocation on those sailings so may struggle with last minute bookings.
  • Lockdown/restriction speculation continues to flow out of Shanghai, with a small number of Covid cases popping up outside of restricted areas. At this point, we see nothing to suggest a blanket lockdown being applied again, however, targeted restrictions may impact certain manufacturers or districts. Any information we provide regarding this will be based on the broader scenario, communication directly between you and your supplier(s) will remain the best way of assessing the impacts to them on the ground.
  • As Sri Lanka experience the worst political and economic turmoil in its nation’s history, our Partners have reassured us the supply chain is working at normal capacity with cargo still moving smoothly.
  • The main struggle on the ground is some inconsistency with local transportation which in large part is down to the ongoing fuel crisis.
  • The main disruption is on Sri Lanka importers with many restrictions placed on them, one of course being the demand to use USD Dollars instead of the Sri Lankan Rupee.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is plaguing this market, notably with 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. 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

  • Hansa Regensburg v2215 will be omitting Sydney, Lyttelton, Wellington, and Nelson. New vessel details to be advised.
  • ANL omitting Wellington for four sailings with July/August voyages, apart from ETD Syd 3rd August, Melb 8th August, ETA Wellington 19th August.
  • Extreme shortage of 20’ equipment. If we do not have the booking 6 weeks out, we will not get equipment. There is no guarantee of 20’ equipment.
  • Reefers and DG cargo are consistently being rolled.
  • ANL new Brisbane service due to commence early August.
  • Trans Tasman Eastbound there are origin challenges, please book well in advance.
  • If bookings are cancelled penalty fees may apply.

Exports

  • Brisbane and Sydney ports are seeing congestion and current delays as up to 4 days.
  • 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.
  • 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

  • Peak Europe export season is putting pressure on all services to load out before European holidays. Space is particularly tight from Italy.
  • The second round of port strikes in Germany are causing congestion in Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Antwerp, and Rotterdam.
  • There will be some 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.
  • Some UK truckers have blocked roads to protest high fuel prices. We can expect more of this.
  • 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 New Zealand due to back logs in transhipment ports.
  • MSC continue to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritised.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not directly affected services to New Zealand, however, many European suppliers potentially have raw materials that come from these countries so it would be worth checking in with them to make sure that they can produce your orders OK.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season will likely start again on Sept 1st.

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 to Auckland service will now operate via Australia and transit time will increase to 35 days.
  • Seattle and Oakland is still under unprecedented pressure to New Zealand as shipping lines reduce port calls.
  • California ports are piling up again due to the dwell time at the terminals.
    • Long Beach terminals have 29,000 containers waiting for a train and should be more in the 9,000 range.
    • The combined number of import containers at 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 railroads is incredibly chaotic right now as union members may go on strike later this month.
    • There are still delays with rail into Long Beach from the mid-west. The best option is to use the East Coast ports for FAK/ FCL containers.
  • Truckers plan a Los Angeles/Long Beach work stoppage this week to protest against AB5 that seek to limit use of independent contractors and largely classify them as employee drivers.
  • Truck driver shortages are causing congestion at terminals. Due to Covid, replacement drivers at short notice can’t be found and we are incurring penalty rates when moving containers.
  • From the 1st July, the current USA LCL export congestion fee will increase from current level with the following,
    • USD 10w/m increase from NYC/CHI/ATL/CHS/HOU Export consol points to all destinations Oceanic
    • USD 15 w/m increase from all US West Coast origins for destinations in Oceanic.
    • USD 10 w/m increase from Canada origins for destinations in Oceanic.
  • Services from the East Coast are still calling New Zealand weekly and railing to Metroport. There is a lot of cargo is now moving over the East Coast ports. Due to this, space is at capacity so we need to book early.

Exports

  • The VSA service to the West Coast is shambolic. Vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports has reduced slightly, however, delays remain significant.
  • Due to vessel bunching port calls have been changed, vessels previously calling Seattle and Vancouver are now calling Oakland and Long Beach and vice versa. We are working on correcting current booking placements and will be in touch if you are affected.
  • 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. Oakland congestion continues to worsen with delays of 3-4 weeks with container availability.
  • 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 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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