New Zealand

Imports

  • Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Goods) Levy rate changes from 1st January 2024 – The Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Amendment Regulations 2023 (Schedule 1 and 2) set out the levy rate changes Minor updates to item descriptions and tariff codes are included in Schedule 2.
  • Industrial disruption at Australian DP World main ports continues to rumble on, adversely delaying several vessels to New Zealand.
  • KiwiRail will be undertaking extended track closures in and out of Wellington for freight services from 25th December 2023 to 7th January 2024 inclusive.
  • There will also be a block of line shutdown for maintenance between Metroport and Port of Tauranga from 30th December 2023 to 3rd January 2024 inclusive, so there will not be any containers moving to or from during the shutdown. Services will also be reduced by 2 days on either side of the shutdown.
  • Local trucking FAF will reduce to 25.1% for the month of December.
  • MPI – BMSB season is now underway. Please forward all documents to us for any clearance as soon as you are able to, to avoid the possibility of any delays.
  • Customs – Over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in Customs exams here in New Zealand. Some of these are causing several days of delays in getting the cargo released. We continue to work with NZ Customs to get these released as soon as possible.
  • Change is in the air for Container Checks Portal (CCP) – Early 2024, Biosecurity NZ will be introducing a new version of the CCP, used for electronic submission of container inspection results by Accredited Persons. This change is required as part of a complete overhaul of our internal border systems to upgrade the technology and to provide a more stable platform for the future. The biggest change will be a requirement to use RealMe to access the system. Having a RealMe login allows you to securely access Government online services and brings the CCP in line with other MPI systems available to external stakeholders. If you already have a RealMe login, it will work for the CCP once it’s set up OR you can set up a login at any time in preparation for the change. There will be some changes to the look and feel of the system that you are familiar with, and we will ensure you are made aware of these changes as we move closer to going live. The basic functionality remains the same – you will be able to enter inspection details for your sea and air containers and manage the Transitional Facilities you are working with as you can now. In addition, we are working on setting up an option for the larger Transitional Facilities to submit their container checks directly from their own in-house container record systems. If you have any questions about this change, please contact info@mpi.govt.nz and keep an eye out for further information in the next few months.
  • Steel Research Levy rate change from the 11th of December 2023 – From the 11th of December 2023 changes to the steel research levy, which applies to all items listed in Schedule 2 of the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1998, will increase levy rates from $10/tonne to $20/tonne.
  • A message from your Oceanbridge Customs Team – We have the Customs Team here to help over the Christmas and New Year period. Please send us your documents as soon as possible so that we can complete your clearance in a timely manner. If you are closed over the holiday period, please contact the team here at Oceanbridge so that we can arrange any storage, and ensure your cargo is delivered promptly to you on reopening.

Exports

  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, causing late changes to port rotations and some port omissions.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Singapore Airlines have been cancelling flights ex Melbourne, causing capacity issues and delays on other carriers.

Asia

  • Expected capacity issues over the next 7 days with B2C packages from the Black Friday sales likely to be moving from across Asia.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Extra capacity now in the market for the summer months.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are continuing to work well. Airlines are still reluctant to put out a complete tariff, so we still have to request rates from all but the consol origins.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Air NZ terminal operating as normal, but Menzies terminal is regularly delayed in making import shipments available.

Exports

Australia

  • Consols are moving as booked. Some delays with carriers but overall moving well.

Asia

  • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.

USA

  • Plenty of capacity with all the US airlines now operating full schedules.

UK and EU

  • Extra capacity via the USA is now available.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Most lines schedules are being updated over the next week or so to ensure sailings are blanked over the Christmas/New Year departure period, with many services using it as an opportunity to dry dock any vessels that are due for maintenance.
  • With sailings approaching that arrive during the holiday period, LCL bookings will become subject to inducement for the next 3 or 4 weeks. Please communicate if you have anything urgent as there are other potential routings we can offer to keep things moving if a container is unable to be opened from a particular origin.
  • From North Asia, we are starting to see space open up a little bit for the next few weeks (mainly on sailings arriving over the holiday period). Whether this extends into sailings arriving in January will become evident in the next few weeks. We do not expect freight rates to drop until after Chinese New Year unless volumes drop away significantly.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.

Australia

Imports

  • The DP World port strike affects Maersk and ANL. This is starting to have a real impact on the DP World terminal, causing issues around cartage time slots, and Maersk missing Australian ports or changing port rotation. Strike action will continue till at least the 4th of December – and could go beyond Christmas. Further information below:
    • Calls for Federal Industrial Relations Minister to Intervene to terminate Industrial action –

Landside logistics operators in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Fremantle have struggled significantly this week in obtaining vehicle booking system slots to pick-up import containers and deliver export receivals from DP World’s Terminals and have suffered from lengthy truck turnaround times and in some instances non-service of vehicles.

It is not taking far longer to recover from the backlog of containers combined with the continuing discharge of imports and receival of exports caused by the crippling cyber-attack last weekend, due to the ongoing industrial actions by DP World’s workforce and the maritime union as part of disputed Enterprise Agreement (EA) negotiations.

Transport operators are incurring the added expense of working additional night and weekend shifts just to try to get sufficient slots to meet the freight demand, and then finding that they end up not being able to service all of the slots due to the cascading effect of the terminal delays.

Exports

  • The wharf strikes across Australia continue which include complete wharf closures and landside operational stoppages. Officials advise industrial action will be in place until the end of the month. This is causing havoc on schedules, delays, and port omissions, and is also leading to container demurrage and detention being incurred in some cases.
  • Melbourne is introducing a calibrated weighing device to check the weight of import containers against the VGM. In the event your container is 1 metric ton or more heavier than the VGM, an AU305 + GST mis-declaration fee will be incurred. This will be in effect from 01.10.2023. Please note fees may apply for undeclared weights also.
  • ANL will be adding another vessel to their trans-Tasman service in Mid-December and will also start to call Port Chalmers, Nelson, and Napier directly.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.
  • The most recent statement from DP World can be found here: DPW_Media.pdf (mcusercontent.com)
  • A full list of upcoming protected Industrial actions can be found here: PIA_updates_201123.pdf (mcusercontent.com)

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season started again on September 1st and will be in place until April 30th, 2024. The processes and risk countries are the same as last season.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • There are no reported berthing delays. There is congestion in some container yards.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follows:

Seattle* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.
Β  Β  Β  *Fortnightly

  • Delays at LAX Railhead are affecting all containers that stop in LAX. Transit time from Chicago & Houston is normally 7 days, currently, it’s taking 3-4 days to get the containers off the train extending to approx. 11 days.
  • Due to increased driver wait times and ongoing congestion at Railhead, additional wait time charges may apply.
  • For LCL, please ensure that Suppliers delivering directly into depots present a booking number attached to the freight. With such enormous depots it’s important freight is easily identified and booked before delivery.
  • USA Exports affected by Customs inspections.

US Customs and Border Protection Services have increased their activity levels to hold and inspect containers before export to check for illegal cargo or contraband.

We have been made aware that there has been a significant increase in illegal trade from the US this year, which has directly resulted in this increase in activity.

Whilst these holds and inspections are outside of our control, they do have an impact on our service in lengthy delays on both our LCL program and FCL bookings, as well as being costly.

When containers are placed on hold for inspection, they are moved off port to a designated facility to be x-rayed or devanned and inspected. This is done based on the arrival date into the facility and can at times mean a wait for weeks before being inspected.

Costs are applied by US Customs and Border Protection and will be prorated across all LCL cargo in our FAK containers or applied directly to the consignee for any FCL containers.

The Customs inspected containers are monitored closely by our Agent and we will endeavour to update you as information comes through.

  • Please do not hesitate to contact your Oceanbridge Representative if you have any concerns or questions.

Exports

  • New York – No waiting time expected for berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM terminals. However, up to 5 days waiting time at Global Container Terminals Bayonne can be expected. The maintenance for Crane 6, originally scheduled to begin on October 1st, 2023, has been deferred until further notice to minimize congestion.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – There is no waiting time for vessel berthing at Wando Welch Terminal and North Charleston Terminals.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is up to 5.5 days, depending on the size of the vessel.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 2 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 4 days. There remains a shortage of rail cars causing delays in onward rail transport. Rail wagon availability is currently a serious concern due to the low volume of wagons heading Westbound to balance the high volume going Eastbound. The railroads are actively collaborating with all stakeholders to enhance car availability. However, if additional Westbound cargo or empty wagons are not provided, the situation will persist. T18 (the terminal utilized for the service from NZ) will be closed every Friday in October.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays in Los Angeles currently. On port rail dwell time is currently 3.8 days.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver are currently operational and berth congestion is no longer an issue. Rail productivity has reduced to match demand. On port rail dwell time has decreased to 4.9 days.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time is 7 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Severe congestion in South Africa’s ports is forcing shipping lines to omit the country from their services. Currently 96 vessels are waiting at anchor outside ports, costing the economy R98m ($5.32m) a day, according to the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF).
  • Maersk is among the lines skipping calls – earlier today it warned of long waiting times at Durban and noted that “CMA has triggered a Cape Town omission on the APL Houston eastbound voyage due to berthing congestion in Cape Town”.
  • The congestion appears to be the result of a perfect storm of poor weather affecting operations and ports operator Transnet experiencing issues with equipment.

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