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Date: 27th March 2024

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New Zealand

  • Ongoing delays in being able to book a VBS slot to dehire empty import plus uplift export empties is having a negative impact on FCL turn times.
  • KiwiRail are taking advantage of lower capacity demands to close a number of routes over Easter for 4 days of maintenance. The routes the closure affects are the Main South Line Christchurch to Dunedin, North Auckland Line, East Coast Main Trunk, and North Island Main Trunk Line which connects the Port of Tauranga with Metroport.
  • Tyre Stewardship Fee – From 1st March, a tyre stewardship fee will be charged on all new tyres sold – loose or on a vehicle. The fee has been set at $6.65 (excl. GST) for a standard passenger tyre but will vary depending on the type of tyre. For example, different fees are payable for motorbike tyres vs tractor tyres, The retailer or garage will tell you what the fee is for the tyres you purchase. Disposal fees may still apply on your old end-of-life tyres until 1st September.
  • Changeover to new MPI BACC Format – Friday 29th March – As you may know, over the last two and a half years, MPI has been undertaking a project to replace our main system for the management of cargo and mail into NZ. The aim of this project has primarily been a like-for-like replacement and therefore it should have very little impact on the industry. Due to the nature of the different technology, however, there will be minor changes to the look and feel of the BACC and changes to pre-invoice as well as the XMLs that are also sent.
  • EU/NZ Free Trade Agreement – The Free Trade Agreement now has the Royal Assent and will come into effect on the 1st of May. Please note it is the importers responsibility to ensure that the goods qualify for origin under the free trade agreement.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway.
  • Brisbane has been experiencing bad weather over the weekend and is expected to continue into the long Easter weekend, causing delays across the Brisbane metro and outskirting areas.
  • Melbourne and Sydney terminals experienced road closures over the weekend with protestors targeting the ZIM Line vessel Ganges.
  • Brisbane DP World has been experiencing technical difficulties with have caused delays, reduced slots, and restricted vessel/container movements.
  • Hutchison Ports Sydney and Brisbane have announced intent to increase Landside and Storage Tariffs effective the 13th of May.
  • VICT, Patricks, and DP World terminals in Melbourne all experienced IT maintenance and unplanned systems’ outages last week and into this week.
  • BMSB Season – Seasonal measures for BMSB treatments are still in place for Australia. BMSB season is for anything shipped into Australia between the 1st of September to the 30th of April inclusive.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Disruption with consols as Singapore Airlines have cancelled their Melbourne freighter two weeks in a row due to commercial reasons. We are getting more space on Air NZ.
  • Asia
    • Winter schedules coming out this week, likely to be capacity reductions across some networks.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. Last flights this weekend with Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada, and American Airlines all pulling out along with Air NZ from Chicago.
  • UK and EU
    • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan are all moving well. For large shipments, ad-hoc rates for maindeck are becoming more reasonable, likewise, courier economy service rates are becoming more competitive.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Import terminals are operating much better, with delays at Air NZ becoming less frequent.

Exports

  • Australia and Pacific
    • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. However, Singapore Airlines has cancelled their Melbourne freighter over the last two weeks due to commercial reasons.
  • Asia
    • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.
  • USA
    • Hawaiian Airlines, Air Canada and American Airlines all have their last flights this week. Delta and United will have reduced schedules from April and Air NZ is pulling out of Chicago direct. There will be capacity issues on all carriers with larger shipments likely to take longer to get away.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity available on most carriers to the UK and EU via the Middle East. There are now capacity issues via the USA.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Equipment issues have begun to surface again, with delays getting empty containers out of Europe due to the issues in the Red Sea. Of particular issue is 40HC equipment in China – predominantly Shanghai at this time but we expect this might impact more ports and equipment types in the coming weeks and months. These situations seem to evolve quickly and can, in some cases, be resolved within a few days. As most orders from this region are FOB, we encourage you to talk to your suppliers about uplifting equipment as early as possible (within allowed free time).
  • Recently we have seen a lot of changes of vessels on the services from North Asia. Unfortunately, this has been removing larger vessels from the service and slotting in smaller ones with the overall reduction of capacity.
  • Linked to the above, the reduction of capacity has resulted in the market remaining reasonably tight over what would traditionally be a quieter time of year. We expect this to remain somewhat the same until the end of Q2 2024.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Limited waiting time at Busan and Singapore ports due to vessel bunching.
  • Space remains tight on some services to Asia. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance in order to secure. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Trans-Tasman

Imports

  • Port Protests, Melbourne – The Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) has provided a media release; Major container landside logistics disruptions continue in the Port of Melbourne this week due to port protests, road construction delays and container terminal IT systems outages. The negative landside performance impact is exacerbated by the short weeks leading into and after Easter.
  • Port Protests, Botany – NSW Ports reported that incoming night shift labour 24th March 2024 was delayed access to the Patrick Terminal by approximately 30 minutes. 2200 and 2300 time zones were cancelled.

Exports

  • Australia still having some delays at the ports after the strikes – Brisbane up to 3 days, Sydney 2-3 days. Minimal delays at Fremantle and Melbourne.
  • Melbourne have introduced 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 has been in effect from 01.10.2023. Please note fees may apply for undeclared weights also.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.
  • With the longer transits to NZ, we can end the BMSB protocols this week as all containers from then will arrive after April 30th.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as shipping lines adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • Suez Canal Situation – Ongoing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.

North America

Imports

  • On the 26th of March the vessel ‘Dali’ collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, resulting in the collapse of the bridge. This critical incident has cut off vessel access to one of the United States’ largest ports for international cargo, which processed approximately 1.1 million TEU in 2023, necessitating the immediate redirection of cargo to alternative ports and adjustments for upcoming vessel arrivals. This incident will have an impact for imports and exports between New Zealand / Australia and the USA, and we will continue to keep you updated as further detail comes to hand. Our team will reach out to any customers with cargo directly affected and will assist on future bookings with alternatives as required. Please expect delays, particularly into and out of the East Coast USA.
  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – Based on current and projected water levels in Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has needed to make reductions to the amount and weight of vessels that can pass through the canal. Vessels that utilized the Panama Canal before will now omit the Panama Canal and use a “land bridge” that utilizes rail to transport cargo across the 80km of Panama to the other side. This creates two separate loops, one Atlantic and one Pacific. Recently we have seen congestion between Balboa and Manzanillo, resulting in delays in onward transport.
  • Unfortunately, CMA and Maersk have been rolling multiple bookings are all USA Exporters due to the vessels being overweight and overbooked.
  • Hapag Lloyd has been rolling hazardous boxes in favour of non-DG after Exporters receive approval to ship. This is causing delays for customers and frustration.
  • LAX has delays at the terminals causing truck waiting time.
  • For LCL, we have 21 free days at the origin depot, which sets our service apart from other receival depots.
  • The BAF for LCL has decreased for Q2 2024.
  • LCL to the South Island – Pacifica commence 2x weekly fixed day services from Auckland to Christchurch from the 1st of April.
  • Further to our 1st March advisory regarding the Lyttelton phase-out of PANZ vessel DEBUSSY 404S/409N, please note that due to an additional operational requirement, the vessel will now also call Tauranga following the scheduled call at Lyttelton. The revised schedule for the DEBUSSY 404S/409N phase-out and ANL WARRNAMBOOL 409N phase-in is as below:
Port Debussy 404S/409N ANL Warrnambool 409N
Sydney 13 – 15 Mar
Melbourne 16 – 17 Mar
Lyttelton 24 – 24 Mar phase out 26 – 26 Mar phase in
Tauranga 31 – 31 Mar 28 – 28 Mar
Papeete 2 – 3 Apr
Surrey 19 – 20 Apr
Oakland 23 – 25 Apr
Los Angeles 27 – 29 Apr
  • NPDL offer a USA service (Calpac) in Oakland via Papeete and Long Beach via Pago Pago. 36 days transit. Please see your Oceanbridge customer service representative for rates.
  • Maersk change of OC1 service:
    • Current service rotation: Philadelphia, US – Charleston, US – Manzanillo, PA – Panama rail service – Balboa, PA – Tauranga, NZ – Brisbane, AU – Melbourne, AU – Port Chalmers, NZ – Tauranga, NZ – Balboa, PA – Panama rail service – Manzanillo, PA – Philadelphia, US
    • New service rotation: Philadelphia, US – Charleston, US – Manzanillo, PA – Panama Rail service – Balboa, PA – Tauranga, NZ – Sydney, AU – Melbourne, AU – Port Chalmers, NZ – Tauranga, NZ – Balboa, PA – Panama rail service – Manzanillo, PA – Philadelphia, US

Exports

  • On the 26th of March the vessel ‘Dali’ collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, resulting in the collapse of the bridge. This critical incident has cut off vessel access to one of the United States’ largest ports for international cargo, which processed approximately 1.1 million TEU in 2023, necessitating the immediate redirection of cargo to alternative ports and adjustments for upcoming vessel arrivals. This incident will have an impact on imports and exports between New Zealand / Australia and the USA, and we will continue to keep you updated as further detail comes to hand. Our team will reach out to any customers with cargo directly affected and will assist with future bookings with alternatives as required. Please expect delays, particularly into and out of the East Coast USA.
  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Based on current and projected water levels in Gatun Lake, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has needed to make reductions to the amount and weight of vessels that can pass through the canal. Vessels that utilized the Panama Canal before will now omit the Panama Canal and use a “land bridge” that utilizes rail to transport cargo across the 80km of Panama to the other side. This creates two separate loops, one Atlantic and one Pacific. Pacific vessels will turn at Balboa, Panama, dropping off cargo heading for Latin America and North America, and picking up cargo heading for Australia and New Zealand. Atlantic vessels will turn at Manzanillo, Panama, servicing Philadelphia and Charleston. There is no longer a port call at Cristobal or Cartagena. Carriers are still working through the operational impacts for services to South America and the US out ports previously transhipped at Cristobal and Cartagena. At present, rates remain unchanged. However, the transit time has increased by 4-5 days.
  • West Coast North America – Recently we have seen increased berthing delays at Oakland, wait time has spiked to 6-7 days. To mitigate the onward impacts of the issue at Oakland, some vessels are being diverted to Los Angeles and then heading back to Oakland. Effectively the transit from Tauranga to Oakland has increased from 25 to 32 days. This does not impact the Los Angeles transit.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time is expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM Terminals.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – Waiting time for vessel berthing is 1 day at Wando Welch Terminal and 0.5 days at North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is now 4 days.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 3 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 9 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo is 3.2 days. On-dock rail dwell is 5.4 days.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver are facing heavy congestion, resulting from an inadequate supply of rail cars from major railways.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time has been reduced to 4.5 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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