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Date: 24th May 2023

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New Zealand


  • NZ Ports are generally coping well with container volume. This is partially due to low import container volumes during Q2.
  • Restricted capacity at empty container depots in Auckland and Canterbury is affecting the issuing of VBS bookings to dehire containers. Overall, it has not yet reached the chronic congestion of late 2022, early 2023 but we are monitoring closely.


  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, impacting the Carrier’s 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.



  • Australia
    • Consols running to schedule. Ad hoc larger shipments are taking a little longer to get bookings.
  • Asia
    • Capacity available from most Origins including China, even for larger 3000+ KG shipments.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. Rates from the East Coast are expected to drop in the coming weeks.
  • 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.


  • Australia
    • Consols are moving as booked, space for over height and over length taking a little longer to move.
  • Asia
    • Space is available on all carriers to Asia.
  • USA
    • Space is a little tight on United Airlines and Fiji Airways, but bookings coming through for Air NZ and Air Tahiti Nui.
  • UK and EU
    • Space is available via Asia and the Middle East. Maindeck bookings to Europe are easier to get with both Singapore Airlines and Emirates offering services.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Terminals are operating as normal.



  • As volumes continue to drop out of Asia, coupled with weekly berthing windows effectively increasing capacity by 25-30%, Carriers continue to grapple with ways to increase their vessel utilization. At this point, it very much feels like a battle of rate levels, however, as we start to get to the bottom of the market (certainly back at pre-covid levels), blanking sailings is very much on the cards over the next few months. We are already seeing this to some degree, with some services not replacing vessels while rotating out for dry docking.
  • At this point, we are still planning to bring back fixed day cut-offs from North Asia in June and will be looking to replicate this in South-East Asia during Q3, however, this may be impacted by any plans by Shipping Lines to adjust their services.


  • 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 improving. The average is 0.5 day delay currently. There is only minor berth congestion in South-East Asia of around 0.5-1 day.



  • Brisbane – this past week, Automated Stacking Crane (ASC) failures and maintenance issues at DP Worlds Brisbane Terminal have caused significant landside Transport delays and added costs.
  • Space wide open with multiple options ex all Ports.
  • Oceanbridge Sydney has expanded into new premises at 160 Bourke Road, Sydney Corporate Park.
  • Fortnightly service direct into Lyttelton.
  • Ex Australia Ports – do you usually order 20′ FCL containers into Christchurch but have plenty of stock? Please see your Oceanbridge Representatives for assistance with keeping the supply chain moving and finding you a suitable LCL alternative at competitive rates.


  • Port delays across the country have been 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.
  • The KIX service will remove the Brisbane call from the end of April.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.



  • 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, CMA and MSC are open for bookings from most ports now but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to NZ due to backlogs in transshipment ports.
  • Industrial and protest action in France and Germany is affecting some pick-ups.


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

North America


  • Increased efficiency with US ports following through to rail services.
    • New rotation allows for a more even port coverage in both Oceania and North America.
    • Weekly calls to and from Auckland, NZ.
    • Continuous weekly calls to and from Oakland and Long Beach, US.
  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.


  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. The new address is:
    • COMPTON, CA 90221


  • 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 Seattle schedule is erratic. The Condi Cordoba 316N ETD Tauranga June 1st is the next Seattle vessel, she is fully booked. The next scheduled Seattle vessel is not until the Cap Jackson ETD Tauranga on June 29th. This vessel is also heavily booked.
  • The WSN (North American West Coast Service) vessels are slipping back on departures between 5-7 days on average. This is still a significant improvement from the last 24 months. Consequently, there are now 4 vessels departing Tauranga in May, reducing the schedule gap in June to 14 days. There is no departure currently in week 24. Consequently, this service is heavily booked through mid-July.
    • The rotation will be as follows:
      • Week 1 = Tauranga – Papeete – Vancouver – Oakland – Long Beach
      • Week 2 = Tauranga – Seattle – Oakland – Long Beach
    • Transit times from Tauranga are as follows:
      • Vancouver – 21 days
      • Seattle – 21 days
      • Oakland – 25 days
      • Long Beach – 30 days

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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