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Date: 23rd May 2024

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New Zealand

  • Road User Charges for trucking is due to increase at the end of June. The direct additional cost particularly affects long haul routes. A number have advised rate increases over the next 2 months in the order of 5-6%.
  • Diesel pump prices have eased slightly. Local carrier FAF will be at 21.8% for June.
  • Due to reduced capacity OOCL, COSCO, and MSC can no longer accept bookings via Metroport. All cargo must be loaded at Auckland.
  • Export rail capacity from Metroport to Tauranga has been reduced. Affected shipping lines are re-directing bookings to either an Auckland or Tauranga port for loading direct. We will advise once capacity improves.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April, May, and June as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway, adding difficulties for container transport operators accessing the Port of Melbourne.
  • 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 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/Exporter’s identity. In order to conform with these requirements, we must now have an LOA and form of ID for all new importers on file.

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

  • Carriers are at capacity and rates are starting to rise from all origins. Larger shipments are moving over several flights which is delaying final delivery on arrival.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. There are some capacity issues with the reduced flights and increased EU transiting cargo. However, this is not as bad as we thought it might be.

UK and EU

  • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Milan are all moving well, and have not yet been affected by the reduced capacity in the US and the delays in Asia.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Import terminals (for the most part) are operating well.

Exports

Australia and Pacific

  • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. Noumea Airport is currently closed to any civil aviation.

Asia

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

USA

  • Capacity issues remain for the USA and Canada. Shipments are taking between 2 and 3 weeks to get away.

UK and EU

  • Much like the US, bookings to Europe take up to 3 weeks to be approved, either via the US, or the Middle East.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Container shortages in Asia are now beginning to reach a critical point with most major ports in China being impacted by shortages. Especially 40’HC equipment (but certainly not limited to just that). We are also seeing 20’GP availability issues throughout South-East Asia. As a result of these shortages, similar to late 2020 – mid 2022, we are seeing some shipping lines prioritise containers for higher paying cargo (whether that be higher paying trade lanes or higher paying cargo within the same lane).
  • Many shipping lines are scrambling to build new containers or add lease containers to their fleet. However, the queue for new builds is out until late Q3 2024 and the lease market is skyrocketing in price.
  • As a result of container shortages, roll pools in major ports are becoming a huge issue, with bookings that are unable to uplift containers rolling to the following sailing, causing scenarios of overbooking on the subsequent sailing, in many cases resulting in a cascading of rollings. Some lines are even cancelling bookings where equipment is unavailable as they are unable to roll to the next sailing.

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

  • As mentioned above, also specific to the Trans-Tasman trade are the road closures/roadworks in Melbourne, which will affect the delivery schedule during April, May, and June as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway, adding difficulties for container transport operators accessing the Port of Melbourne.
  • Currently, Maersk has no 20′ stock available for exports from Australia and has forecasted short 20′ supplies into June. Contact your Customer Service Representative for options.

Exports

  • ANL have reinstated a fortnightly Auckland direct call on the ANZ Shuttle service to Brisbane.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • 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) – Sea – increasing from $63 to $66 per FID.

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.
  • Trucker strikes in Naples could disrupt delivery of containers to the port.
  • BMSB season has finished and will re-start on September 1st.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as shipping lines adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • 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

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – 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.

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.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore are suspended until further notice.
  • West Coast North America – Berthing delays at Oakland have reduced to 4 days from 7. There is a gap in the US West Coast schedule, after the Seaspan Rio de Janeiro 422N ETD Tauranga June 27, the next vessel is the CAP Jervis 424N ETD Tauranga July 11th. Space is tightening on this service and expected to worsen as carriers move excess cargo for the US East Coast via US West Coast ports.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time expected for 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 – Waiting time for vessel berthing is 2 days at Wando Welch Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal has increased to 2.5 days.
  • Houston – Vessels waiting time has reduced to 1 day from 3 days.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has reduced to 4 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). Average delivery time remains at 5.4 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo has increased slightly to 2.9 days. On-dock rail dwell has reduced, down to 3.9 days.
  • Vancouver – Congestion in Vancouver has eased and railways have increased the supply of rail cars.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

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