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Date: 24th April 2024

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New Zealand

  • Effective 01 May 2024, Port of Auckland are imposing a dangerous goods surcharge billed on a per container received basis for export and import movement.
  • A lead time of several days for bookings to be made available at Auckland’s largest container depot is having a negative impact on export and import FCL turn times.
  • Local trucking fuel surcharge remains at 22.5% for the month of May.
  • The end of the BMSB season is the 30th of April. The new season will start again with shipments leaving on the 1st of September. MPI remind all that even though the season is coming to an end, to continue to be vigilant, especially with the extended transit times at present from Europe.
  • The EU/NZ Free Trade Agreement comes into effect on the 1st of May. If anyone has questions, please contact the Oceanbridge Customs Team.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April and May as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway.
  • 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.
  • BMSB Season – Seasonal measures for BMSB treatments are still in place for Australia. BMSB season is for anything shipped into Australia between 1st of September to the 30th of April inclusive.
  • 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, training.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Rising tensions in the Middle East along with the floods in Dubai have had large impact on airfreight between Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
    • Currently most airlines are taking alternate routes to avoid overflying Iran. This means more fuel onboard and less cargo.
    • Emirates currently have 1500 airline cans of baggage that they need to move from Dubai across their entire network. These cans are taking priority over any and all cargo movements.
    • Singapore airlines suspended all cargo bookings to/from Europe on passenger aircraft for seven days. They will work through the backlogs before taking on extra bookings.
    • Asian and Middle Eastern carriers have advised it is likely to take a week to 10 days to resume normal service with the Asian carriers taking limited cargo on passenger flights due to the longer transit.
    • American carriers are taking what they can, and this has had a knock-on issue transiting the US which is already at capacity. There is currently a backlog of between 10 days and two weeks for new bookings to the USA.
    • This is an ever-evolving situation. The airlines are sending constant updates but will only resume to normal operations once there is a de-escalation across the Middle East region.

Exports

  • Rising tensions in the Middle East along with the floods in Dubai have had large impact on airfreight between Europe and Australia/New Zealand.
    • Currently most airlines are taking alternate routes to avoid overflying Iran. This means more fuel onboard and less cargo.
    • Emirates currently have 1500 airline cans of baggage that they need to move from Dubai across their entire network. These cans are taking priority over any and all cargo movements.
    • Singapore airlines suspended all cargo bookings to/from Europe on passenger aircraft for seven days. They will work through the backlogs before taking on extra bookings.
    • Asian and Middle Eastern carriers have advised it is likely to take a week to 10 days to resume normal service with the Asian carriers taking limited cargo on passenger flights due to the longer transit.
    • American carriers are taking what they can, and this has had a knock-on issue transiting the US which is already at capacity. There is currently a backlog of between 10 days and two weeks for new bookings to the USA.
    • There is now capacity for exports from New Zealand across Asia as the carriers have that extra capacity without the European bookings.
    • This is an ever-evolving situation. The airlines are sending constant updates but will only resume to normal operations once there is a de-escalation across the Middle Eastern region.

Asia

Imports

  • Space from North Asia to New Zealand has become incredibly tight with the 2 main direct services having blank sailings on week 16 (based on Shanghai departure), causing a large shortfall in capacity that has led to roll pools developing for all carriers. ANL and Maersk seem to be the worst impacted, however, all seem to be affected. Currently Maersk are advising that they expect bookings to be rolled up to 3 sailings on the J Star service. In order to combat this, we encourage customers to consider bookings that move via Singapore or Malaysia in order to keep containers moving from suppliers and, in all likelihood, provide an earlier arrival.
  • Blank sailings on both North Asia services are likely to continue throughout Q2, with the Maersk (J Star), ONE (NZJ), Cosco (JKN), OOCL (JKN) service blanking every 5th sailing and ANL (ANZEX), Cosco (CNS), OOCL (CNS), PIL (NCS) blanking a bit more sporadically, but tends to work out to about every 8th sailing. Assuming this continues on throughout the rest of 2024, this would equate to an annualized loss of capacity of around 80,000 TEU. This being in addition to the lost capacity from TS Lines exiting the NZ market in 2023.
  • Services from South-East Asia remain relatively stable. However, there has been a notable restriction in feeder capacity from Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and some ports in India and the subcontinent.
  • Rate Restoration (GRI) notices have been flowing in with a number of shipping lines pushing rates up in May.
  • With regards to empty container availability, CMA-CGM (ANL) have once again run out of 40′ dry boxes in Shanghai and are not sure when this will be resolved. They are open to swapping for 40’NOR’s where both the shipper and consignee are happy to accept. There is also an expectation that this will spread to other regions and other shipping lines. As most other lines are fully booked until mid-late May, if a 40’NOR is workable, we encourage you to utilize them. Also, Maersk are short on 40′ dry equipment from Ningbo. Unfortunately, due to lack of space, they are not allowing bookings to roll if equipment is unavailable, with many bookings simply being cancelled.

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 and May as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway.

Exports

  • ANL will be reinstating a fortnightly Auckland direct call on the ANZ Shuttle service to Brisbane from mid-May onwards.
  • Road closures/road works in Melbourne will affect deliveries for April.
  • 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. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.
  • BMSB protocols end next week on April 30th.
  • 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. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.

North America

Imports

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – As we approach the rainy season, the Panama Canal Authorities recently introduced additional transit slots per day. After closely monitoring the development over the past weeks, we are pleased to announce that Maersk will reinstate the Panama Canal transit on our OC1 service effective May 10th. The service will return to the normal rotation prior to the two-loop setup in conjunction with the Panama Rail connection operated today.
  • Summary of changes to the OC1 service
  • OC1 current rotation (double loop):
    • 063 service: Balboa – Tauranga – Sydney – Melbourne – Port Chalmers – Tauranga – Balboa
    • 062 service: Philadelphia – Charleston – Manzanillo – Philadelphia
  • OC1 new service (single loop):
    • 061 service: Philadelphia – Charleston – Panama Canal – Balboa – Tauranga – Sydney – Melbourne – Port Chalmers – Tauranga – Panama Canal – Manzanillo – Cristobal – Cartagena – Philadelphia
  • Effective dates: Origin Departure and Canal Transit by direction.
DirectionVessel NameVoyageDeparture PortFirst Call
Port ETA
Panama Canal
ETA
South-boundMaersk Inverness419S (departure
voyage)
Philadel-phia (First call)7th of May 202417th of May 2024

Exports

  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Vessels will recommence transiting the Panama Canal northbound with effect the Spirit of Auckland 016N ETD Tauranga May 1st.
    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.
  • 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 – Vessel’s waiting time has been reduced to 1 day from 3 days.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has been reduced to 4 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). The average delivery time remains at 5.4 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days. The terminal is closed on Fridays in April.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo have 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.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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