New Zealand

Imports

  • The main trunk rail link around Pukekohe was subject to a ‘block of line’ outage from 20 October to 25 October. Short duration closures are part of a long-term plan for maintenance, upgrading. As there was no road bridging of dry containers in place for the duration of the closure, the transit time for dry containers from Tauranga to Metroport has increased by several days. Planned priority requests via Port Connect are suspended until November as the volume of containers are block stacked after discharge in Tauranga with container movements to Metroport being prioritized in roughly the oldest first order.
  • Ports of Auckland, and to a lesser extent Port of Tauranga, are experiencing a bunching of vessel arrivals. This means that vessels can sit at anchorage waiting for a berth for a number of days. The ongoing resourcing issues driven by a lack of skilled labour are and will continue to be a significant factor hindering the Port’s ability to cope with the fluctuating volume.
  • Overcapacity in container depots in the main centres continues 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 to 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. Warehouse storage capacity for imports continues to be at a premium.
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)

A risk analysis found that due to long transit times, inspections of containers from Indonesia for risk related to FMD was deemed unnecessary. However, BCS will maintain a random verification on Indonesian containers based on our risk profiles. This became effective 20 October 2022.

  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

The BMSB season has commenced. Please note, additional BMSB verifications have taken effect on 20 October 2022. Importers/agents can expect containers maybe sent for additional verification due to the BMSB threat.

Exports

  • Covid related illness is impacting warehousing and container depots staffing levels. Please expect delays at container freight stations and container depots. It would be prudent to plan your export loading 1-2 days earlier than usual where possible.
  • Hapag Lloyd, ANL, & CMA CGM still have equipment shortages, but we have seen a slight improvement.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Qantas have announced they will be downgrading their aircraft on the Tasman from wide body to narrow body aircraft, this will take out a lot of capacity and force regular shippers on to other services.
  • Asia
    • Capacity is available from most origins
    • Cathay Pacific, Korean Airlines, and China Airlines have all increased their schedule to Auckland from the end of October.
  • USA
    • All consols moving as booked.
    • Lots of capacity from the US West Coast to Auckland.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally moving 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 working well, as staffing levels start to return to normal.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to all main destinations remains good with consols moving as booked, however, Qantas are downgrading some of their services so it will restrict capacity over the coming weeks.
  • Asia
    • China is still at full capacity and hard to get direct bookings.
    • Bookings to the rest of Asia is OK.
  • USA
    • Plenty of options and capacity.
    • Air New Zealand are starting their Chicago service again.
  • UK and EU
    • Shipments moving as booked with capacity options via both the Middle East and USA.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are working well, as staffing levels start to return to normal.

Asia

Imports

  • The restrictions/lockdown in Ningbo is continuing to cause issues, even though some of the restrictions are being eased. The lockdown has been limited to Beilun district which is where most Container Freight Stations (CFS) are located, meaning significant delays for LCL and Buyer’s Consolidation bookings. All terminals in Ningbo (Beilun, Zhoushan, and Meishan) are all operating on “close-loop” systems allowing port operations to continue, however, the challenge is securing a truck as most drivers are/have been stuck in lockdowns.
  • Whilst there have been improvements at New Zealand ports, delays are still wreaking havoc on schedules with large gaps and some vessel bunching still causing issues. Carriers are now building some delays into their schedules to allow for these calls.
  • Sailings that arrive before 15 December are due to depart from their main ports in early-mid November, meaning anything requiring a feeder sailing will likely need to be on the water in the next week or so to have any chance of arriving prior to Christmas. If you have anything due to depart from a supplier in mid-late November but are planning to close over the Christmas/New Year period, please discuss with your Customer Service representative to come up with a plan to help avoid storage or detention charges where possible.

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.

Australia

Imports

  • The ANL Tacoma Trader calls Brisbane – Noumea – Tauranga. Currently, this service is approx. 2 weeks behind schedule.
  • ANL are introducing a new vessel. The ANL Tasman Trader.
    • This vessel will call Brisbane – Sydney – Tauranga, improving coverage out of Brisbane and Tauranga to a weekly service and providing a fortnightly call into Noumea and Sydney.
    • The ANL Tasman Trader is a new build 1100 TEU vessel and will join the ANZ Shuttle service from November 2022.
  • We are offering space for 20/40 from Brisbane to Auckland, Tauranga, and Lyttelton. Please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for rates.
  • There is an alarming shortage of truck drivers in Brisbane. This is putting a strain on empty and full container movements

Exports

  • Port delays have worsened again – current average waiting time in Sydney is 3-4 days, Melbourne is 2-3 days, and Brisbane is 2-3 days.
  • The ANZ Shuttle service will add a second vessel (The ANL Tasman Trader) in November. This will call Brisbane, Sydney, and Tauranga.
  • 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 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.

Europe

Imports

  • Blank sailings and port omissions are affecting schedule integrity, particularly from UK.
  • Liverpool port has gone on strike for a third time. Felixstowe could do the same before Christmas.
  • 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 continue to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos which 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 2023. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • Liverpool port has gone on strike for a 3rd time. Felixstowe could do the same before Christmas. The strike by around 1,900 workers over wages disrupted trade, and delayed vessels. Felixstowe handles half of the containerised freight entering the UK, the strike has caused congestion at other UK ports.
  • 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.
  • Rotterdam & Antwerp remain congested.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach terminal average wait time has dropped to single figures, and today only 6 vessels are at anchor.
  • The combined number of Import containers to Long Beach is down by 14% and should free up space at terminals.
  • Import containers being shipped via rail are moving out too slowly and will have a flow-on effect with terminal congestion at Long Beach.
  • American freight via railroads are incredibly chaotic right now as union members still negotiating a settlement. Class I railroads, labour unions, and President Joe Biden are still working to avoid a nationwide strike.
  • There are still delays via rail from the mid-west into Long Beach. The best option is to use the East Coast ports for FAK/ FCL containers.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time is currently 15 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time 1-3 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Still truck driver shortage causing congestion at terminals and, 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 is seeing significant delays on arrival dates into Tauranga. Vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports continue to reduce, the delays are starting to reduce.
  • There are still delays and congestion at Oakland. Seattle is working well with containers moving off port within days of arrival. Vancouver and Long Beach have improved.
  • 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 have ceased transiting cargo via Panama into US ports, this is now being 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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