New Zealand

Imports

  • Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Goods) Levy rate changes from 1st January 2024 – The Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Amendment Regulations 2023 (Schedule 1 and 2) set out the levy rate changes Minor updates to item descriptions and tariff codes are included in Schedule 2.
  • The Port of Tauranga rail connection to and from Metroport was closed for maintenance on Labour weekend 21st-23rd October. There will be a short-term term longer lead time for import containers destined to arrive at the Auckland inland port of Metroport.
  • Labour resourcing issues continue to cause delays at the Fergusson container terminal for the Port of Auckland. Vessels arriving outside their allocated window are also proving disruptive. VBS bookings to uplift import containers once discharged are in short supply.
  • Overall container depot capacity continues to be an unresolved issue with only restricted dehire slots being made available at several larger Auckland sites leading to delays.
  • MPI – BMSB season is now underway. Please forward all documents to us for any clearance as soon as you are able to, to avoid the possibility of any delays.
  • Customs – Over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in Customs exams here in New Zealand. Some of these are causing several days of delays in getting the cargo released. We continue to work with NZ Customs to get these released as soon as possible.
  • Change is in the air for Container Checks Portal (CCP) – Early 2024, Biosecurity NZ will be introducing a new version of the CCP, used for electronic submission of container inspection results by Accredited Persons. This change is required as part of a complete overhaul of our internal border systems to upgrade the technology and to provide a more stable platform for the future. The biggest change will be a requirement to use RealMe to access the system. Having a RealMe login allows you to securely access Government online services and brings the CCP in line with other MPI systems available to external stakeholders. If you already have a RealMe login, it will work for the CCP once it’s set up OR you can set up a login at any time in preparation for the change. There will be some changes to the look and feel of the system that you are familiar with, and we will ensure you are made aware of these changes as we move closer to going live. The basic functionality remains the same – you will be able to enter inspection details for your sea and air containers and manage the Transitional Facilities you are working with as you can now. In addition, we are working on setting up an option for the larger Transitional Facilities to submit their container checks directly from their own inhouse container record systems. If you have any questions about this change, please contact info@mpi.govt.nz and keep an eye out for further information in the next few months.

Exports

  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, causing late changes to port rotations and some port omissions.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Major delays for import and export shipments at Qantas terminals across Australia are impacting Qantas, Air NZ, Singapore Airlines and Latum. Congestion at the terminals is expected for another three weeks.

Asia

  • Flights are at capacity after Golden Week. Rates are expected to rise over the coming weeks.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Extra capacity is coming to the market in Summer.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are continuing to work well. We are still waiting on extended tariffs but expect these to come through once schedules are finalized for the Summer.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

Australia

  • Major delays for import and export shipments at Qantas terminals across Australia are impacting Qantas, Air NZ, Singapore Airlines and Latum. Congestion at the terminals is expected for another three weeks.

Asia

  • Main deck capacity coming back online after Golden Week.

USA

  • Larger bookings are still difficult to get away immediately. More capacity coming in the summer will solve this.

UK and EU

  • Extra capacity coming online via the USA. Schedules and rates will be out in the next two weeks.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • A reminder about upcoming cut offs for sailings arriving prior to Christmas, these are approaching very quickly.
  • Space from North Asia remains somewhat tight however we expect that to ease as we get into late October/early November. Shipping lines are still managing capacity with blank sailings, with the goal of trying to restrict any larger reductions in freight rates.
  • South-East Asia remains mostly free to book on whatever sailings are desired.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently.
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia is fluctuating. The average is a 0.5-2-day delay currently. The berth congestion in South-East Asia is now around 0.5 day.

Australia

Imports

  • Equipment availability is stable from all ports in Australia.
  • Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) Pty Ltd have announced the following: Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have been in contact with DP World senior management in order to update members on the latest on the protected industrial action continuing around the DP World terminals nationally. Following the updated news yesterday of additional industrial action extending into November, DP World has called on the CFMEU-MUA Division to return to the bargaining table. Discussions between the parties were scheduled to take place on 17-19 October, however those meetings did not eventuate with the union declaring an escalation of action. DP World suggest that as a result of protected industrial action, the timeline to offload a ship has now been extended to 7-8 days in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane & Fremantle terminals, up significantly from a usual 2 days.

Exports

  • Melbourne is introducing a calibrated weighing device to check the weight of import containers against the VGM. In the event your container is 1 metric ton or more heavier than the VGM, an AU305 + GST mis-declaration fee will be incurred. This will be in effect from 01.10.2023. Please note fees may apply for undeclared weights also.
  • Ports are now working with a minimal delay of 0-0.5 days.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently.
  • The ANZ shuttle service will now call Tauranga for both vessels. Auckland cargo will move on rail via Metroport. This will be effective from the ANL Tasman Trader v2328 ETD TRG 13/11.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season started again on September 1st and will be in place until April 30th, 2024. The processes and risk countries are the same as last season.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • There are no reported berthing delays. There is congestion in some container yards.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Papeete* ā€“ Surrey* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Adelaide* ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Seattle.
Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā *Fortnightly

  • The Port of Los Angeles has announced a rise in cargo volumes for the month of September, following in the footsteps of its neighbouring port of Long Beach. The Port of Los Angeles on Monday reported handling 748,440 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU)in September, representing a 5.4% improvement compared to the same period in 2022. Notably, imports saw a significant increase of 14%, while exports experienced a remarkable jump of 55%. This marks the second consecutive month of year-over-year growth for the Port of Los Angeles. On the other hand, empty containers totaled 235,197 TEU, representing a 18.5% decline compared to the previous year.
  • USA Exports affected by Customs inspections.

– US Customs and Border Protection Services have increased their activity levels to hold and inspect containers prior to export to check for illegal cargo or contraband.

– We have been made aware that there has been a significant increase in illegal trade from the US this year, which has directly resulted in this increase in activity.

– Whilst these holds and inspections are outside of our control, they do have an impact to our service in lengthy delays on both our LCL program and FCL bookings, as well as being costly.

– When containers are placed on hold for inspection, they are moved off port to a designated facility to be x-rayed or devanned and inspected. This is done based on arrival date into the facility and can at times mean a wait for weeks before being inspected.

– Costs are applied by US Customs and Border Protection and will be prorated across all LCL cargo in our FAK containers or applied directly to the consignee for any FCL containers.

– The Customs inspected containers are monitored closely by our Agent and we will endeavor to update you as information comes through.

  • Please do not hesitate to contact your Oceanbridge Representative if you have any concerns or questions.

Exports

  • New York – No waiting time expected for berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM terminals. However, up to 5 days waiting time at Global Container Terminals Bayonne can be expected.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – There is no waiting time for vessel berthing at Wando Welch Terminal and North Charleston Terminals.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is up to 4 days, depending on the size of the vessel.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 1 day for vessel berthing. Due to vessel bunching, the port is facing congestion impacting the discharge productivity and extending port stays.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 4 days. There remains a shortage of rail cars causing delays in onward rail transport. T18 (the terminal utilized for the service from NZ) will be closed every Friday in October.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays in Los Angeles currently.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver are currently operational. Rail productivity remains below expectations and there are no immediate plans to increase productivity. Dwell times have reduced to 4.3 days.
  • Panama Canal update – The lower-than-usual water levels in the Gatun Lake are causing severe draft restrictions on vessels transiting the Panama Canal. This has caused a backlog of traffic waiting to pass through. This has not yet impacted vessels departing from NZ.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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