New Zealand

Imports

  • The ‘block of line’ pause in rail service from Port of Tauranga to Metroport during the Easter break allowing Kiwirail to carry out maintenance work was successful with minimal ongoing impact on rail transit times.
  • Weekday container terminal plus conventional wharf operations at Ports of Auckland have remained busy as a result of low uplift activity during Easter weekend. A repeat is expected this week with Anzac Day falling on a Tuesday.
  • The end of the 2022/2023 BMSB season is the 30th of April arrival, the new season will start for shipments leaving the BMSB countries on the 1st of September this year.

Exports

  • Changes to the Pacifica coastal service has resulted in there no longer being a service between Lyttelton and Tauranga. Export cargo moving from Lyttelton to Tauranga on Pacifica will now be routed to Auckland whereupon it will be railed to Tauranga. This will add 7 days to the transit time.
  • The Shiling 020 encountered main engine failure at Wellington upon departure. The vessel is currently berthed at Wellington Port undergoing repairs. We will provide an update on the progress and forward schedule as soon as possible.
  • Move count restrictions in both Lyttelton and Tauranga are impacting on the Carrier’s ability to load export containers. We are starting to see some bookings declined due to this limitation.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Emirates freighter is now running to schedule, some additional services with the TSA freighter from Melbourne.

Asia

  • Density tariff is being introduced from Singapore to Auckland to try and get rate reductions for the larger sea-to-air shipments.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked and ad-hoc larger bookings are being accepted, with capacity to increase greatly later in the year.

UK and EU

  • Emirates Airlines’ service into Christchurch is working well and taking some of the strain away from Christchurch shipments that would otherwise move via Auckland.

Import Cargo Terminals

    • Still, there are some delays at Menzies Aviation Terminal, but other terminals are operating normally.

Exports

Australia

  • Auckland consols are moving as booked and space from Christchurch to Sydney is available on Emirates.

Asia

  • Capacity is available to most destinations, some capacity issues to Shanghai and Guangzhou but no issues to the rest of Asia.

USA

  • More airlines confirming services for the end of the year so capacity will increase greatly, as it stands most shipments are moving as booked.

UK and EU

  • Emirates Airlines services ex Christchurch are working well with shipments moving as booked.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Still, some delays at Menzies Aviation Terminal, but other terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • First choice carriers and equipment remain widely accessible as the volumes from Asia to New Zealand remain subdued. Pockets of the region are still experiencing varied levels of 20’ dry container (particularly food grade containers). Many carriers are looking at their 20’ stocks presently and making plans to replenish so we don’t anticipate this being a long-term issue.
  • The flow on effects from the recently enforced port berthing windows has resulted in several vessels changing their port calling rotations. This is to minimise vessel downtime, avoid extended waiting time and assist with schedule recovery.
  • The upside of the established fixed berthing windows in NZ is that LCL scheduling is at its highest level of accuracy in recent memory. This is helping customers with more longer terms of clarity around arrival dates and planning new orders with suppliers.

Exports

  • 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 now a 1-1.5 day delay currently. There is only minor berth congestion in South-East Asia of around 1 day.

Australia

Imports

  • LCL packing is now occurring weekly for Auckland and Lyttelton.
  • Request for FCL late receivals at Australian Ports, starts at around A450per TEU.
  • New Trans-Tasman Service Announced; NPDL (Neptune Pacific Direct Line). 3 x 1700 TEU vessels, service frequency is fortnightly, rotation: BNE / SYD / MEL / AKL.
  • COSCO Trans-Tasman Eastbound Service announced; MEL / Bell Bay Tasmania / SYD / AKL.

Exports

  • Port delays across the country have reduced and are now working with minimal delays of 0.5-1 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis. Also, this service will add a Napier call from the 15th of April.
  • The KIX service will remove the Brisbane call from the end of April.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season is winding down. All departures ex Europe will arrive after 30th April so 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.
  • 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.

Exports

  • Strikes in Germany are causing delays with all forms of transport in Germany.

North America

Imports

  • Oceania to the North American Westcoast direct PANZ service will be further enhanced to appropriately manage the congestions and operational challenges impacting end to end logistics – most recently across New Zealand ports.
    • New rotation allowing 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.

 *Fortnightly.

  • BMSB requirement season will finish 30th April.
  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. First day of receiving was 20th February 2023. The new address is:
    • ECU WORLDWIDE C/O EMPIRE CFS INC.
    • 19516 SOUTH SUSANA ROAD
    • COMPTON, CA 90221

Exports

  • 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.
  • We have seen significant schedule improvement with the WSN (North American West Coast service), with consistent weekly departures planned from April onward.
  • The WSN is changing port rotation, no longer calling Seattle and Vancouver on the same week, these ports will now be offered on alternate weeks.
    • The rotation will be as follow:
      • 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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