New Zealand

Imports

  • Lyttelton Port is subject to spells of berth congestion, other NZ Port operations are satisfactory with delays generally being as a result of delays at offshore Ports.
  • Ports of Auckland Fergusson Terminal is undertaking infrastructure work to one of the berth aprons over the next 3 months. This is not expected to adversely affect overall operating capacity.
  • The NZ/UK FTA came into force at 00:01AM on 31st May 2023. For New Zealand exporters, the FTA levels the playing field, with tariffs removed from almost all goods going to the UK from day one, including wine, honey, onions, and kiwifruit. This agreement will improve access for services, cut red tape, streamline customs and make it easier for professionals from both countries to live, work, and travel.
  • The Government has agreed to increase the Biosecurity System Entry Levy to $46.40 and to set a new maximum rate of $50.00. The maximum rate is the highest amount the Director-General of MPI can set the levy without further Cabinet decisions.
  • The Government has also agreed to increase the hourly rate for biosecurity fees to $155.50 per hour.
  • The new levy and fees will take effect on 1st July 2023.

Exports

  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, impacting the Carriers’ ability to load export containers and provide empty containers.
  • Maersk is significantly short of export containers due to a drop in demand on import trade lanes.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Consols running as booked. We will shortly be increasing our Sydney to Auckland schedule.

Asia

  • Cathay Pacific is introducing a direct Hong Kong to Christchurch service for the summer schedule.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Ad-hoc larger bookings are being accepted almost immediately with more capacity coming to the market in the summer.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are all working well. Rates are starting to stabilize, and we expect full tariffs to be available from most Origins towards the second part of this year.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

Australia

  • Consols are moving as booked to SYD and MEL, awaiting details from Texel Air as to when they will launch their service.

Asia

  • Cathay Pacific is introducing a direct Christchurch to Hong Kong service for the summer schedule.

USA

  • Qantas is not taking any bookings on their direct New York Service just yet, but additional space is available via Honolulu on American Airlines.

UK and EU

  • Capacity is available via the Middle East, however, Emirates is pushing larger consignments to their twice-weekly freighter services.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • The easing of volumes across the global network has seen a reduction of the number of containers sitting at major transship Ports in SE Asia (Singapore, Port Klang, and Tanjung Pelepas). The reduction in congestion also means that connections within 72 hours of the arrival of the 1st leg vessel are now possible. However, anything scheduled to be less than that is still unlikely to make that connection.
  • North Asia transship Ports are under a little bit of strain. However, this is more likely due to some blank sailings rather than a huge influx of volume.
  • Fixed day cut offs and schedules for our LCL programme have now been implemented for North Asia load Ports. We will begin looking at SE Asia during the course of the 3rd quarter.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.
  • 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 starting to increase again. The average is 0.5-2-day delay currently. There is only minor berth congestion in South-East Asia of around 0.5-1 day.
  • Lady Jane V018 will omit Napier and Lyttelton Lyttelton and phase out in Singapore. The vessel Norfolk will phase in.

Australia

Imports

  • Activists are blocking access to the Ports of Brisbane and Melbourne for the third day in a row. There have been arrests due to protestors disrupting Port operations. The demonstrators are stating the Port is directly contributing to the climate and ecological collapse.
  • Due to the protests at the Port of Melbourne, there will be significant delays accessing the terminals. This will affect our ability to collect containers from the terminals as the local roads, in particular Port of Melbourne and Westgate Bridge/Todd Road are at a standstill. Timeslots will be sought around the stoppages, meaning some containers may be collected a day later than what was originally planned. Please keep in mind that deliveries of those containers on the affected vessels may be impacted due to delays in collecting these from the terminal. We will do everything within our control to minimize any impact this has on your supply chains. We will keep you informed of any delays that we foresee or encounter, and in turn we thank you for your continued patience and support as we navigate through this industrial action.
  • Marfret have a reliable service ex Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane to Tauranga.
  • A reminder on hazardous requirement rules: Every Haz/DG booking request must be submitted with DG documents required for approval. Bookings cannot be fully accepted until approval is received from all vessels and transshipment points. Transshipment Ports and partner vessel approval may take longer and can be rejected based on their local regulations. Haz/DG bookings must be approved 72 hours before vessel cut-off. If product details change from one DG type to another after packing, the DG approval process starts again, where new approvals will be required. General bookings cannot be altered to reflect a Haz booking. The general booking will need to be cancelled and a new Haz/DG booking request submitted for processing.

Exports

  • Port delays across the country have reduced and are now working with minimal delays of 0.5 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season has ended. All departures ex Europe do not need any BMSB treatment or documentation. The season will start again on 1st September.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • Maersk and MSC are open for bookings from most Ports now but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to NZ due to back logs in transshipment Ports.
  • Industrial and protest action in France and Germany is affecting some pick-ups.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply.

Exports

  • Space and Carrier options are starting to open up for the UK and Europe.

North America

Imports

  • Increased efficiency with US ports following through to rail services.
    • New rotation allowing for a more even port coverage in both Oceania and North America.
    • Weekly calls to and from Auckland, NZ.
    • Long Beach Port call will move to the APMT terminal in Los Angeles.
    • Low turn times at Pier 400 due to its automated operations.
    • Direct rail access service to and from inland Chicago to provide on dock rail service.
  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Papeete* ā€“ Surrey* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Adelaide* ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Seattle.

Ā  Ā  Ā  *Fortnightly

  • New service will into effect as of CAP Jackson V328S at Los Angeles on the 29th of July 2023.
  • We have been made aware of some labor disruption at some of the Terminals in Los Angeles & Oakland last week. This is being monitored to ensure minimal impact on import and export operations.

Exports

  • The increased efficiency with US Ports is flowing through to rail services. Rail to most inland US destinations is now a viable and reliable option.
  • The US East Coast space is freeing up.
  • The WSN (North American West Coast service) is operating well. Effective from the CAP Jackson, the service will call Los Angeles as opposed to Long Beach.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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