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DATE: 25th May 2022

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New Zealand


  • Ports of Auckland currently have a full schedule of container vessel arrivals for the rest of May. Daytime VBS bookings are in short supply so local carriers will be hubbing a good portion of containers plus being able to give an earlier delivery schedule to sites with nighttime access. In order to encourage the use of night shift VBS slots & avoid containers dwelling at Fergusson Terminal, the port is progressively introducing an Excess Dwell Charge from 1st July. Laden import containers which have been on the port for 15 days or longer will attract an excess dwell charge of $175 per TEU per day. From 1st September, laden import containers which have been on the port for 8-14 days will attract an excess dwell charge of $125 per TEU per day. The Excess Import Dwell Charge is in addition to the applicable demurrage tariff already in place.
  • Despite generally lower stock levels container depots are still challenged with unpredictable lead times to be able to accept empty import containers. Frequently, acceptances are not in place further delaying dehire. Shipping Lines are not offering relief on detention incurred due to importers, their contracting carrier(s) being unavoidably delayed in being able to dehire.
  • At a time of overarching staff shortages industry-wide, covid isolation requirements continue to exacerbate available resourcing for service industries leading to supply chain delays.


  • Covid related illness continues to impact warehousing and container depots staffing levels. Please expect delays at container freight stations and container depots.
  • Container supply has become problematic as container depots staffing levels reduce many are struggling to repair and upgrade containers.
  • Vessel delays and schedule changes continue to be an issue, we highly recommend that the receival window is confirmed at the time of arranging container transport (both empty in and full back to the port).



  • Australia – Carriers at absolute capacity from all origins. Consols are full and any additional bookings may have to move express.
  • Asia – Remains mostly at full capacity, shipments originating in Shanghai can be trucked direct to the terminals, shipments originating from the regions close to Shanghai need to be trucked to Ningbo and then trucked direct to the terminals.
  • USA – Flights at capacity although Air NZ backlog is easing and they are accepting some additional bookings. Fiji Airways increase their flights from the USA and remain daily into Auckland.
  • UK and EU – Some additional capacity has become available on Asian carriers due to the lock down in China, however, rates remain high particularly for main-deck shipments as there are such limited services.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.


  • Australia – There are still restrictions in Brisbane and Perth, Melbourne is at full capacity, and there are now some off-loads to Sydney.
  • Asia – Capacity on all carriers starting to tighten particularly on Air NZ who are carrying a lot of perishable consignments, bookings taking up to a week to get confirmed space.
  • USA – Hawaiian Airlines to start services from July. Currently all other airlines at full capacity with bookings taking up to a week to move.
  • UK and EU – Asian carriers are taking more shipments via their hubs as space has eased a little due to the China lockdowns.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.



  • The restrictions in Shanghai are finally starting to be loosened, with some public transport services up and running over the weekend and a plan to begin removing movement restrictions in Covid-Free districts in early June. Assuming that the reopening progresses with out any major issues, we should see volumes build from there over the following weeks and we may see pressure of space on any service calling Shanghai, as shippers look to make up for lost time. It should be noted that any reopening plans could change if a surge of cases eventuates during the reopening.
  • The improvements at Ports of Auckland has seen a slight improvement in scheduling, however, vessel bunching could throw this out as well as delays at other ports (both domestic and overseas). The J-Star/NZJ service from North-Asia has implemented a blank sailing programme every 3rd week to ensure they can keep to their berthing windows, if this continues through to the end of the year, it will take over 40,000 TEU capacity out of the North Asia market between now and Christmas on that service alone.
  • Booking restrictions from Europe have vastly improved the congestion issues in Singapore and Port Klang however feeder services throughout South East Asia remain under pressure, meaning that, even though there may be space on the sailing from Singapore/Port Klang to New Zealand, getting space into the transship port will continue to be the pain point from many origins.


  • Space and equipment availability is plaguing this market, notably with a shortage of reefer equipment across all shipping lines.
  • Advanced bookings are a challenge with more lines imposing cancellation fees, schedule changes, and reduced booking windows, however, we recommend discussing options with your Customer Services representative as to how to best handle your booking(s).
  • MSC & OOCL are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East



  • Tacoma Trader calling Tauranga before Auckland. New ETA Auckland 26th May.
  • Hansa Bitburg v2211 will phase out of TTZ service on her current westbound rotation. The vessel will also change rotation in Australia to call Melbourne prior to Sydney. Replacement vessel Hansa Regensburg will phase into TTZ service at Sydney for loading operations and continue in the service calling all New Zealand ports in voyage 2212. Lyttelton and Wellington port omissions previously announced for Hansa Bitburg 2212 will be cancelled.
  • Brisbane space is very tight please book well in advance.
  • ANL TTZ direct Wellington call will be suspended.
  • ANL have changes to their Brisbane service more details coming soon.
  • LCL Hazardous cargo is very challenging.
  • 20’ Equipment available via ZIM.
  • 40’ NORs available.


  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line so 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 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.



  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not directly affected services to NZ, however, many European suppliers potentially have raw materials that come from these countries so it would be worth checking in with them to make sure that they can produce your orders OK.
  • The Hamburg Sud/Maersk Spot pricing announcement has effectively taken a chunk of capacity out of the market from Europe to New Zealand. Unfortunately, the extra demand on the remaining carriers (CMA, MSC) has pushed rates higher. They also have much slower transits.
  • CMA has stopped taking bookings via Asia due to disruption and backlogs caused by Shanghai lockdown.
  • Shipping lines from Europe are announcing a large number of blank sailings from Asia to UK/Europe due to the reduction in export demand. The services to New Zealand depend on these vessels and the back haul leg from UK/Europe to Asia. This will keep up pressure on space and rates on the remaining vessels that still sail.
  • It is peak season and space is very tight across all lines, 4-5 weeks to get bookings on in most cases, sometimes more. Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, and Scandinavian ports are experiencing space and equipment shortages. Others are raising rates considerably in response to demand. Please allow 4-5 weeks to secure bookings. Many are also reverting to the standard 7 days free detention time with no exceptions.
  • Trucker shortages are growing with the rise in Covid cases sending many home at short notice with illness to isolate. Replacement drivers are hard to find. This is particularly bad in UK where road freight rates have hit record highs.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season has now ended.


  • Transport into the UK remains heavily booked and congested. Most UK ports are fully operational after recent storms however there is a backlog to clear and this may impact on upcoming deliveries.
  • There has been significant improvement in transport on The Continent, however, the current conflict with Russia and Ukraine will impact negatively on the supply chain. We expect delays and congestion as cargo transiting the EU into Russian arrives and is subsequently held/returned to its origin.
  • The increase in fuel surcharges has leveled out for the moment.

North America


  • The weekly Long Beach – Auckland service is still only alternate sailings every 4-6 weeks. This is a lot of space to take out of the market and the remaining vessels are overloaded, especially from Seattle which is also being omitted on a fortnightly basis. Please book ahead as far as possible for this service. It can take up to 21 days just to get a booking in place. These ports, along with Long Beach, Oakland, and Vancouver are under unprecedented pressure to NZ.
  • ECU worldwide will as of June 18th no longer apply LCL export storage for USA export as a result of ocean carrier delays, or space constraints.
  • The current USA LCL export congestion fee is set to increase from all US origins to Oceania.
  • Trucker shortages are an issue – congestion has hit driver’s wages with fewer jobs able to be completed in a day and forced some drivers out of the market to other employment opportunities. Truckers are also canceling jobs at short notice due to health/Covid reasons. Replacement drivers often can’t be found at short notice or are charging penalty rates. These extra costs are now just a part of getting containers out of the USA and we must incur them to keep your cargo moving.
  • There are still long queues of vessels awaiting berths on US West Coast ports and, many are now pushed out to sea to reduce emissions near the coastlines. This is close to zero in normal times. These delays have caused a large build-up of full containers from the mid-west that have arrived by rail at Long Beach ports. In response, the rail service from Chicago has a backlog of 20,000 containers to clear. This will disrupt any FCL’s from the Chicago area.
  • Services from the East Coast are still calling NZ weekly and rail to Metroport. A lot of cargo has moved over to these ports so space is tight.
  • Rail in the USA for 20’ containers is still an issue – the networks are built to carry 40’ boxes and 20’ers can be delayed while they wait for another 20’er to fill the wagon. Where possible, place orders that will fill a 40’ container. Trucking containers are the preferred option to give control for the containers making required sailing.
  • BMSB Season has now ended.


  • The VSA service to the West Coast is shambolic, vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports have reduced slightly, however, delays remain significant. Due to vessel bunching port calls are being switched with limited notice, we understand there will be more changes to the current schedule shortly.
  • Containers are being block stacked on arrival in Vancouver and not being made available for collection for 2-3 weeks. Oakland is also now experiencing port congestion with similar delays in containers being made available for collection.
  • The East Coast services continue to be more reliably running to schedule, but space remains tight.
  • All services are heavily booked to mid-July.

South America

  • Many lines are not taking bookings to NZ while they clear back logs that have built up due to vessel /service withdrawals.

South Africa

  • Equipment shortage. There is a wait of several weeks on bookings.

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