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Date: 20th June 2024

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New Zealand

  • Rail capacity from Port of Tauranga to Metroport and vice versa has been reduced due to a softening of volume. This has led to a longer and inconsistent average transit time for Port of Tauranga to Metroport, for containers that have not been tagged for priority rail prior to discharge in Tauranga. If you have urgent container(s) destined for Metroport, please reach out to your contact at Oceanbridge 2 days prior to the vessel arrival at Tauranga so we can arrange for priority rail northbound. Kiwirail will be closing the rail link for maintenance over Matariki weekend which will further delay rail transit times.
  • Customs Entry Processing Fees are increasing from 1 July 2024.
    • Import transaction fee $93.44 including GST
    • Export transaction fee $8.28 including GST

Australia

  • Due to changes in terminals operating systems, container slots are now only available after containers have been discharged from the vessel and made by the vessel operator. Accordingly, we have been asked by transport for documents to be sent through 96 hours prior to ETA in Australia. For containers not customs cleared, or customs duties not paid prior to arrival, missed timeslots will apply. Please ensure you send your requested documents through to your Customer Service Representative as soon as possible so we can book in slots with our transport companies. If you have any questions, please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for more details.
  • DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry) has initiated an annual review and indexation cycle to regulatory fees for biosecurity and imported food regulatory activities effective 1st July 2024:
    • Full Import Declaration (FID) – Air – increasing from $43.00 to $45.00 per FID.
    • Full Import Declaration (FID) – Sea – increasing from $63.00 to $66.00 per FID.
    • Fee for service – inspection (including virtual inspections), examination, document assessment, analysis, diagnostic activity, clearance of cargo, treatment, audit, supervision, and training.
  • Customs are reminding importers that vehicles must have import approval/permits granted prior to importing vehicles into Australia. Waiting time can be up to 4-6 weeks to obtain approval/permits and Australian Border Force will not release the vehicle from customs controls. Vehicles are classified as anything that will be on Australian roads including cars, trailers, horse floats, boat trailers etc.
  • Currently, Maersk has no 20′ stock available for exports from Australia and has forecasted short 20′ supplies into June. Please speak with your Customer Services Representative for options.
  • There have been new Australian Border Force practices enforced in relation to the verification of new Importers/Exporters identity. In order to conform with these requirements, we must now have an LOA and form of ID for all new importers on file.
  • Space and equipment demand continues to build for import shipments from North Asia and now Southeast Asia to Australia’s East Coast. Bookings are more readily available on the West Coast.
  • Shipping lines are confident import volumes will build for the rest of the year and as such, some are increasing freight rates on a fortnightly basis now. PSS (Peak Season Surcharges) are also being implemented with more expected to be announced starting early/mid-July.
  • Clients requesting NOR bookings (Non-Operational Reefers) are becoming increasingly popular given competitive pricing and equipment availability. Shipping Lines (unofficially) will give preference to these bookings as they push to relocate reefer units into Australia for re-export, so it is worth considering where physical cargo volume is 35CBM or less. A standard 40HC reefer has about 5-8% less capacity than a standard 40HC. Containers are always clean, waterproof, and in some instances, exempt from PSS surcharges and/or have extended validities. For more information, please speak to your Customer Service Representative.
  • Road works and road closures continue to affect deliveries in Melbourne and are anticipated to continue throughout June and July.
  • Congestion at the DP World terminal in Melbourne continues due to reconfiguring the landside truck grids within the terminal, reducing the landside capacity by approximately 35%. This has a knock-on effect with decreased capacity for container availability and truck turnaround time. Once the landside reconfiguration works are completed, the vehicle flow is expected to significantly improve within the terminal.
  • Late receivals for Export FCL from Melbourne will now incur a Late Receival Fee, payable when booking in a time slot for delivery into the depot. Please speak to your Customer Service Representative for applying for late receivals.
  • WSI has announced they will cease operations effective 30th June. Please note the new depot changes for LCL imports and exports for Sydney as per the documentation received by Oceanbridge staff.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Consols are running as booked. Carriers are at capacity so additional space is harder to obtain for any larger ad-hoc shipments.

Asia

  • There has been a little more capacity over the EID holiday period. This is expected to tighten over the next week as the region returns to work over the next week.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. There are some capacity issues with the reduced flights and increased EU transiting cargo, which are affecting transit times from the East Coast.

UK and EU

  • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Milan are all moving well. However, ad-hoc bookings are starting to get delayed in transit, particularly via the USA.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Import terminals are operating well.

Exports

Australia and Pacific

  • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers.

Asia

  • Air NZ are full to some destinations, but capacity is available on other carriers.

USA

  • Capacity issues remain for USA and Canada, although confirmed bookings are coming back a little quicker than last month.

UK and EU

  • Bookings to Europe are taking up to 2 weeks to be approved, either via the US, Asia, or Middle East.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Peak Season Surcharges implemented by a number of shipping lines seem to have stuck at this point, with quantum’s varying from USD 250 – 500 per TEU. Most coming in from 1 July 2024, but Maersk have applied theirs from 12 June 2024.
  • Congestion in transship ports in Singapore and Malaysia is significantly worse than our last edition and we are seeing 2-3 sailings worth of roll pools on most of the services to New Zealand. Also, adding to the troubles here, the ANL/COSCO/OOCL/PIL service will have a number of blank sailings over the next month (as they manage a dry dock program) and also, will omit Port Klang on at least one of the sailings as they continue to try and maintain schedule integrity.
  • Services from North Asia remain constrained and will likely continue to have space challenges for the foreseeable future, leading to further rate increases through Q3 2024.
  • Empty container availability continues to be an issue throughout Asia and will likely only worsen with the congestion through major transship ports.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Limited waiting time at Busan and Singapore ports due to vessel bunching.
  • Space remains tight on some services to Asia. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance in order to secure. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Trans-Tasman

Imports

  • Currently, Maersk has no 20′ stock available for exports from Australia and has forecasted short 20′ supplies through June. Please speak with your Customer Service Representative for options.
  • Road works and road closures continue to affect deliveries in Melbourne and are anticipated to continue throughout June and July.
  • Congestion at DP World terminal in Melbourne continues due to reconfiguring the landside truck grids within the terminal, reducing the landside capacity by approximately 35%. This has a knock-on effect with decreased capacity for container availability and truck turnaround time. Once the landside reconfiguration works are completed, the vehicle flow is expected to significantly improve within the terminal.
  • Late receivals for Export FCL from Melbourne will now incur a Late Receival Fee, payable when booking in a time slot for delivery into the depot. Please speak to your Customer Service Representative for applying for late receivals.
  • WSI has announced they will cease operations effective 30th June. Please note the new depot changes for LCL imports and exports for Sydney as per the documentation received by Oceanbridge staff.

Exports

  • Road closures / roadworks in Melbourne will affect deliveries for June. Starting to see port congestion building in Melbourne also.
  • Heavy rain and bad weather in NSW and QLD have impacted cartage.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.
  • Rates from Europe have increased in line with extra demand and longer routings absorbing capacity.
  • Asia transship ports are getting congested, leading to some delays.
  • BMSB season will re-start on September 1st.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • Suez Canal Situation – Ongoing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.

North America

Imports

  • Maersk do not have any container availability in Chicago for the next 4 weeks to support any customer. Maersk are in extreme deficit from Chicago, Kansas City, and a few other areas and equipment will continue to show unavailable. As containers are dehired, the system will be updated, and containers will be available from those Origins.
  • US East Coast vessels are progressing back through the Panama Canal. The service will drop Charleston and start calling Savannah.
  • For Hapag Lloyd, starting July 1 2024, a USD 25 fee per container will apply if you cancel, reduce, or roll bookings 3 calendar days or less prior to the port cutoff as shown on your booking confirmation. Bookings are also subject to automatic cancellation/rolling.
    • Bill of Lading amendments post FCL port cutoff and up to the vessel’s sailing will incur a manifest amendment fee of $70/amendment.
    • Bill of Lading amendments after vessel departure will incur regular manifest amendment fees of $130/amendment and/or reduction, in case any cutoff is not met. Including port cutoff, rail cutoff, or document cutoff.

Exports

  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Vessels are now transiting the Panama Canal. The low lake level in the canal is adversely affecting vessel deadweight capacity. Space is restricted and vessels are booked 4-5 weeks in advance of departure.
  • The ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, and MSC will no longer call Charleston SC and will call Savannah GA – effective the Maersk Bali 419N which sailed Tauranga 18/05. The Charleston Port Authority is constructing a new breakwater which has badly impacted the Charleston Wando terminal capacity. These works are expected to take 12 months. We are working on options with the carriers for any cargo currently in transit/booked for Charleston and will be in contact with all concerned.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore have resumed.
  • West Coast North America – There is a gap in the US West Coast schedule, after the Seaspan Rio de Janeiro 422N ETD Tauranga on June 27, the next vessel is the CAP Jervis 424N ETD Tauranga on July 11th. This leaves a month between Vancouver sailings. Space is tightening on this service and is expected to worsen as carriers move excess cargo for the US East Coast via US West Coast ports.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time is expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM Terminals.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – On May 29, the South Carolina Port Authority had 14 ships at anchor up to 10 days waiting time at Wando Welch Terminal and 2 days at North Charleston Terminal. In response to the congestion, 14 ships are omitting and 11 calling the North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is 2 days.
  • Houston – Vessel’s waiting time remains at 1 day.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has been reduced to 2 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). The average delivery time has been reduced to 3.3 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 1-3 days. Rail wagons are in severe deficit over the next couple of weeks.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo remain at 2.9 days.
  • Vancouver – Negotiations between the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and both Canadian Class 1 railways have resulted in the assistance of federal mediators. Until a decision is rendered, there is minimal risk of a work stoppage.
  • Halifax – All vessels due to arrive in week 23 are off proforma ETA. Rail wagon supply has been negatively impacted due to a lack of balance of import and export.

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