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Date: 28th February 2024

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New Zealand

Imports

  • 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.
  • Scheduled road maintenance closures on SH1 at the Brynderwyns plus the Desert Road is impacting some linehaul delivery times.
  • KiwiRail are planning to close the rail link from Port of Tauranga to Metroport over the Easter period for maintenance. Affected export containers from Metroport will have an earlier cut off plus there will be a delay in the transit time for import containers from Port of Tauranga to Metroport following the short week.
  • Local trucking Fuel Adjustment Factor for March will remain at 22.5%.
  • 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. More details will be released shortly.

Exports

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

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Consols moving as booked. Capacity ex Brisbane is still tight at times but all other services working well.
  • Asia
    • As expected, some capacity restraints after CNY, but these are improving. However, the summer schedule is coming to an end and carriers will shortly announce their winter schedules.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. Some delays in Auckland with airline stoppages and terminal delays. Otherwise, all moving smoothly.
  • 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
    • Air NZ airline unit terminal has been operating better. However, there are still some delays that they are hoping to negate in the next couple of weeks.

Exports

  • Australia & Pacific
    • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. Singapore Airlines operating 747 Freighter ex Auckland to Sydney on 28th and 29th February. This is a great chance to move over-sized cargo direct.
  • Asia
    • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.
  • USA
    • Backlogs clearing with cargo transiting through SFO on United Airlines service. Capacity available on most carriers (USA) for shipments under 1500 KG.
  • UK and EU
    • Capacity available on most carriers to the UK and EU.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Air NZ Auckland ULD acceptance dock continues to be in and out of operation and is being managed through Alpha acceptance.

Asia

Imports

  • Volumes are holding up post Lunar New Year. However, we are aware that this could change rapidly – this will become more apparent in the next 2 or 3 weeks.
  • Ramadan begins in mid-March and runs through until early April, which will impact productivity out of Indonesia and Malaysia. There are no formal closures, but we expect some factories to run at reduced capacity during that period.
  • Container availability continues to be impacted throughout Asia, as a result of the disruption in the Red Sea and the need for vessels to go around the Cape of Good Hope.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also starting to see the impact of peak season.
  • Due to blank sailings from Asia due to Chinese New Year, space is filling up on the corresponding export sailings. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Australia

Imports

  • It has been announced that DP World has reached a four-year agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia. This brings an end to the industrial action that has been in place over recent months. As a result of the negotiated agreement, the MUA has withdrawn all Protected Industrial Action, and each terminal has issued VBS notifications about returning to normal slot allocations and operations. While it will take time for the disruption to ease, this is great news!
  • DP World Brisbane would like to notify the industry of current Electrical Trades Union Protected Industrial Action at DP World Brisbane Terminal – We are experiencing disruptions to some of our modules and equipment due to this action. Discussions are ongoing and we will continue to keep the industry advised of the progress. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this period of industrial action. DP World Australia remains committed to reaching a new Enterprise Agreement that delivers improved productivity.

Exports

  • It has been announced that DP World has reached a four-year agreement with the Maritime Union of Australia. This brings an end to the industrial action that has been in place over recent months. As a result of the negotiated agreement, the MUA has withdrawn all Protected Industrial Action, and each terminal has issued VBS notifications about returning to normal slot allocations and operations. While it will take time for the disruption to ease, this is great news!
  • 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 starting to see the impact of peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • Suez Canal Situation – The Suez Canal attacks continue to cause most container lines to avoid the route. Services continue to sail around the Cape of Good Hope. Some carriers have also implemented General Rate Increases in addition to the application of Contingency Fees. Most carriers have not altered their online schedules to account for the longer transit time, we are allowing an additional 2-3 weeks.
  • 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 shipping lines adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • 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. Bad weather is impacting inland container movements.
  • Suez Canal Situation – The Suez Canal attacks continue to cause most container lines to avoid the route. Services continue to sail around the Cape of Good Hope. Some Carriers have also implemented General Rate Increases in addition to the application of Contingency Fees. Most carriers have not altered their online schedules to account for the longer transit time – we are allowing an additional 2-3 weeks.

North America

Imports

  • 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. 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. Containers are being land bridged from Balboa to Manzanillo and Cristobal where they are loaded for the onward journey. At present, rates remain unchanged. However, the transit time has increased by 4-5 days.
  • The Debussy 404 LAX/Oakland to NZ will omit Auckland and call Tauranga due to operational requirements to maintain schedule integrity.
  • Please note the below container has been rolled due to an EDI error with MSC:
    • Container: MSMU5270303 – New Vessel: Maersk Innoshima v408S. ETD 24/02 – ETA 30/03
  • Snowstorms still causing delays with Rail to Portside operations East Coast.
  • NPDL offer a USA service (Calpac) 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

  • 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. Containers are being land bridged from Balboa to Manzanillo and Cristobal where they are loaded for the onward journey. 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 3 days.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 3 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 7 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 1-3 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo is 3 days. On-dock rail dwell is 4.4 days.
  • Vancouver – Due to adverse weather conditions and significant snow buildup, all Port Terminals in Vancouver are experiencing delays and/or suspension of operations for snow clearance. Berth congestion is no longer an issue. Rail productivity remains steady. Dwell times have decreased to 3 days.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time has been reduced to 5.2 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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