New Zealand

Imports

  • The average container transit time from Port of Tauranga to Metroport inland rail port in Auckland, following the ‘block of line’ outage from 20 October to 25 October without temporary road-bridging, continues to be compromised. The Port of Tauranga is working with Kiwirail to clear the backlog of block-stacked containers on the berth, but it is a slow process.
  • The ongoing resourcing issues driven by a lack of skilled labour, the resurgence in covid, along with other afflictions is and will continue to be, a major factor hindering the Ports, warehousing, and trucking companies’ ability to cope with fluctuating volume along with long-term lack of investment in infrastructure.
  • Overcapacity container depots in the main centres continue to have a negative impact on making empty containers available for export use & the ability for trucking companies to be able to dehire empty import containers. Often carriers have little option other than hub empty containers until they can obtain an active acceptance with a matching booking. Shipping Lines are not offering any relief on detention free time due to the delays. A stack collapse on the weekend has led to the temporary closure of one of the larger container depots in Auckland, Metrobox, putting further pressure on limited other depot capacities. With warehouse storage capacity for imports at a premium coupled with no relief on demurrage or detention, please plan to have resources available to receive incoming shipments over the Christmas period.

Exports

  • Congestion at the Port of Tauranga is causing delays and uncertainty, vessels waiting at anchor can come forward dramatically should a berth become available at late notice. Please monitor the POT website closely and aim to have your containers on port at the first opportunity.
  • Hapag Lloyd, ANL, CMA CGM, and Maersk have equipment shortages, Nelson, Port Chalmers, and Napier are the most impacted.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • We have increased our Melbourne consol to three days a week.
    • Our Sydney consol has been increased to two days a week.
    • Qantas have downgraded their aircraft to narrow-body from Melbourne, so there may be capacity issues in the coming weeks.
  • Asia
    • Capacity ex-China is dropping as Air NZ and China Southern reduce flights due to a lack of passenger numbers.
  • USA
    • All consols moving as booked.
    • Lots of capacity from the US West Coast to Auckland.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally move as booked at agreed rate levels. However, there remains a large variation in rate levels for adhoc shipments depending on the origin and airline used.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to Melbourne has been restricted due to schedule disruption with the freighter carriers and Qantas downgrading aircraft to narrow-body.
  • Asia
    • Air Asia has started operations to add to capacity along with additional flights from other Asian carriers.
  • USA
    • Plenty of options and capacities.
    • Air New Zealand have restarted their Chicago service.
  • UK and EU
    • Shipments moving as booked with capacity options via both the Middle East, USA, and Asia.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Asia

Imports

  • Schedule issues continue to plague services from Asia, mostly attributed to delays in Auckland and Tauranga and flowing through to their next Southbound voyages. However, even with the reduced capacity due to these delays, we are still seeing space availability on most sailings from both North and South-East Asia.
  • Rate levels continue to tumble. Non-Operating Reefer (NOR) containers still remain the most aggressively priced as shipping lines attempt to reposition reefer containers in New Zealand for the peak export season. If your suppliers are willing to load NORs, please discuss it with your Customer Services representative or Account Manager and we can advise options.
  • The (South) Korean Truckers’ Union has announced they are planning to strike from 24th November for an indefinite period of time; this extends to the surrounding container yards around South Korea that also have staff that are part of the union, which will make it difficult to work around this with independent contractors as the yards will not service them. If this strike extends more than a few days, it will likely impact FCL and LCL consignments and could lead to significant backlogs.
  • Any consignments (FCL and LCL), departing anytime from now until mid-December, run the risk of arriving over the traditional summer holiday period. Please check your options with your Customer Services representative if you are concerned about the arrival time of any orders.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving; however, we are still seeing a shortage of reefer equipment at some origins.
  • 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 minimal – currently seeing 1 day or less. South-East Asia is seeing waits of approx. 1 day.
  • China is currently battling COVID outbreaks in cities across the country from Zhengzhou, in central Henan province, to Guangzhou, in the south, and Chongqing, in the southwest. If you have cargo on the water to any of these destinations, please make contact with your Customer Services representative to discuss options for discharge in alternative locations.

Australia

Imports

  • Svitzer industrial action
    • The intended tugboat industrial action that was scheduled for this week has been postponed at this stage. These tugboats are vital in bringing the vessels into port and guiding them out to sea. The strike would have caused significant delays in vessels berthing. We will keep you updated if there are further developments around this issue.
  • ADL- MEL derailment
    • Rail is shut down until the 2nd December
    • During this time, LCL will be trucked to Melbourne for loading on our Melbourne FAK service.
    • We continue to work with the shipping line for any alternative options.
  • There are limited direct calls into Adelaide, and we are working on a solution for FCL movements from Adelaide to NZ.
  • Christmas schedule close offs are available. Please get in touch if required.

Exports

  • Port delays remain the same – the current average waiting time in Sydney is 3-4 days, Melbourne is 2-3 days and Brisbane is 2-3 days.
  • There has been a change to the ANZ Shuttle service second vessel – this will now be the Feeder Ace. This will phase in early November and will call Brisbane, Sydney, and Tauranga. The other vessel on this service will change to be the Contship Win from late November – this vessel calls Tauranga, Brisbane, and Noumea.
  • On the TTZ service, the X Press Nuptse will be replaced by the Capitaine Baret in January 2023.
  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line. We recommend checking with your Export Customer Services representative well in advance of any upcoming bookings you may require.
  • Please note, due to the Omicron variant, Australia is experiencing severe staff and labour shortages. Transport bookings are now requiring 4 days’ notice prior to delivery. We are now also seeing long waits for Biosecurity inspections to be completed.
  • The depots in Australia are also seeing staff and labour shortages. This is affecting the timeliness with which our FAK containers are being unpacked and cargo being made available for collection/delivery
  • DAFF (The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) will be increasing the Biosecurity Declaration charge for shipments arriving by sea from the 16th of January 2023. The revised charge will be AUD 58 per declared consignment.

Europe

Imports

  • Port strikes in Antwerp have finished but no settlement was reached, so there may be an additional strike before Christmas.
  • Blank sailings and port omissions are affecting schedule integrity, particularly from the UK.
  • Liverpool port strikes have been resolved with agreement from each side. Felixstowe unions and ports have still not reached an agreement, and more strikes are possible.
  • Truck drivers from Poland and Germany have been involved in Ukraine aid efforts and many have stopped working their normal routes. This means it can take longer to find available truckers in these two countries for container pick-ups.
  • 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 back logs in transshipment ports. Rates have softened on most carriers.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritized.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season is in place from September 1st and will remain in place until April 30th. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • Port strikes in Antwerp have finished but no settlement was reached, so there may be an additional strike before Christmas.
  • Hamburg is severely disrupted by the current congestion levels across Europe and the port itself is subject to congestion on port, long vessel berth waiting times, resulting in significant delays. This has been caused by a magnitude of factors, including labour shortages due to strike action and holiday season, high dwell on import cargo, demand surges into North Europe ports and inland terminal bottlenecks. The situation is expected to continue through November.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach terminal average wait time has dropped to single figures at anchor. Currently, there is a 1-day delay.
  • The combined number of import containers to Long Beach is down by 10% for October.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time is currently 10 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time is 1-3 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Houston / Savannah waiting time is up to 10 days at port terminals.
  • American freight via railroads is incredibly chaotic right now as union members still negotiating a settlement. Class I railroads, and labour unions could strike.
  • Trucking has now eased due to the drop in import containers from Asia on the West Coast.
  • Still, truck driver shortage causing congestion on the East Coast at terminals, due to Covid reasons, replacement drivers at short notice cannot be found, so we are incurring penalty rates moving containers.
  • The previous BMSB requirements will be reinstated for the upcoming BMSB season and will be made permanent for all future BMSB seasons (between 1 September and 30 April).

Exports

  • The VSA service to the West Coast has a 10th vessel added to increase the capacity and consistency of the service. The CAP Jackson joins with service on the service southbound this week and is due through Tauranga northbound in early January.
  • Industrial action threatens US rail networks. Concerns over paid sick leave have put the prospect of a freight rail shutdown back on the table, just weeks after the Biden administration helped broker an agreement between railroads and unions to avert a strike or lockout. Two unions so far have voted down their tentative agreements, calling for additional paid days of sick leave. Negotiations continue.
  • Container yards are over capacity, particularly in California, often not accepting empty returns resulting in storage and additional transport costs. There are few if any chassis available at some inland rail ramps resulting in containers being stuck on rail, Kansas City is one of the worst affected.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, New Orleans and New York. Maersk has ceased transhipping to most US ports via Panama, most continue to be offered via Asia with transit times exceeding 80 days.

South America

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Port congestion is causing a waiting time of up to 4 weeks for FCL bookings.

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