New Zealand

Imports

  • The delay in being able to dehire empty import containers continues to be a roadblock for turning containers around. Due to a lack of resources especially available space, VBS bookings are often not available for the uplift or drop off of empty units for several days. Acceptances are also sometimes not in place, depots shutting temporarily at short notice, long queues for dehiring trucks further delaying dehire. Shipping Lines are not offering relief on detention incurred due to importers and their contracting carrier(s) being unavoidably delayed in being able to dehire. The knock-on effect is the inability to check, repair and pretrip containers in the stack that could be used for export.
  • Most if not all sectors of the domestic supply chain that involves physical handling including New Zealand ports are operating at reduced capacity due to long-term staff resourcing issues being compounded by a continuing high staff sick leave absence ratio. CFS facilities devanning FAK containers to make LCL shipments available for uplift have more containers to devan than available capacity leading to delays of 5 to 10 days in LCL shipments being made available from the time the container discharges. This is expected to ease following Golden Week in North Asia before increasing again in the lead up to Christmas.
  • Warehouses utilized for storing, 3 PL management of imported shipments are largely at capacity. The cost of storing goods when capacity is available has increased sharply.
  • Local trucking FAF has remained stable and will maintain at 27.3% for October.
  • Foot and Mouth Controls

As you are all aware MPI is being extra vigilant with containers from Indonesia due to the outbreak of foot and mouth. This has resulted in extra resources being allocated to inspecting these containers, however, MPI advise that bookings are currently expected to be 7 days after these are made. We ask that clients look at being flexible with the hours they can make themselves available for inspections, including looking at weekend options.

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 are desperately short of equipment. A reduction of inbound container flows is impacting Auckland, Tauranga, and Nelson in particular, however, equipment is in short supply in all regions.
  • The congestion at the Port of Tauranga has improved considerably, with some vessels coming forward at late notice!

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Airlines have been accepting larger ad-hoc bookings from Sydney and Melbourne as the short week’s provided with some extra capacity.
    • Brisbane still remains at full capacity.
  • Asia
    • Pre-booked consolidations are still moving as booked and airlines are willing to offer reduced rates for larger adhoc shipments.
    • Transit times from most origins remains acceptable as shipments are moving as booked.
  • USA
    • Capacity has increased and consols and ad-hoc larger shipments all moving as booked.
  • 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.
    • An increase in larger shipments moving on an air/sea programme via Hong Kong as there is plenty of capacity to Asia.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to all main destinations remains good with consols moving as booked
    • Space is also available for additional ad-hoc larger shipments.
  • Asia
    • Air Asia starting services shortly.
    • Cathay Pacific and Korean Airlines both looking to increase schedules which will increase capacity.
  • USA
    • Capacity to the US is the best it has been for some time, with most shipments moving as booked.
  • UK and EU
    • United Airlines extends its reach in to UK and EU with good connections via their San Francisco hub starting next week.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Asia

Imports

  • Typhoons have seen further disruptions to schedules due to a number of port closures, however, these should have all passed through and most shippers and consignees are accustomed to schedule delays.
  • As we see demand soften across all of Asia, rates in New Zealand continue to drop. NORs remain the most cost-effective way to move cargo, especially from North Asia and some of the bigger South East Asian origins.
  • The lead-up to Golden Week (1st – 7th October) has not seen the same panic that we usually see, which is mostly down to reduced demand.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving, however, we are still seeing a shortage of reefer equipment across all shipping lines.
  • 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, and ONE are the only carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • ANL has temporarily suspended cargo to the Philippines.
  • Typhoon Muifa is causing berth congestion throughout Asia. Shanghai and Ningbo are seeing delays of approx. 5 days, while Qingdao has been severely affected and inbound pilotage has been suspended.

Australia

Imports

  • Maersk Southern Star service is omitting Brisbane for multiple sailings to try and reduce the impact from continued schedule disruption and improve service reliability.
  • ANL have quite a few changes to their service on the horizon. ANL are altering their TTZ rotation to SYD-MEL-AKL-TRG-LYT-SYD and also intends to swap two of their current vessels, as below.
    • The first swap will be the Safeen Prime (2500 TEU) moving out of the service and being replaced by the Xpress Nuptse (1700 TEU).
      • Safeen Prime will exit the service upon completion of voyage 2218, after discharging in Melbourne, around 10 October 2022.
      • Xpress Nuptse will enter the service in Sydney, around 12 October 2022.
    • The second swap will be the ANL Dhambi (1700 TEU) moving out of the service, and being replaced by the CMA CGM Semarang (2700 TEU).
      • ANL Dhambi will exit the service upon completion of voyage 2220, after discharging in Sydney, around 31 October 2022.
      • CMA CGM Semarang will enter the service in Sydney, around 26 October 2022.
    • Whilst the initial vessel swap will reduce available space, the second swap will marginally increase overall space.
  • Equipment availability is still an issue. 20’ equipment across all lines is scarce.
  • PIL currently have no service from Brisbane to New Zealand.

Exports

  • Port delays are improving – current average waiting time in Sydney is 2 days and Brisbane is 1 day.
  • The Safeen Prime v2216 will omit Wellington and Sydney. Sydney cargo will tranship via Melbourne. Keta v2218 & ANL Dhambi v2218 will also omit Wellington.
  • The new ANL ANZ Shuttle service has begun its first voyage from Brisbane. The ANL TTZ service will change rotation – Wellington and Nelson port calls will be removed from the new rotation.
  • The Safeen Prime vessel which has had noise issues will be replaced by the Xpress Nuptse on voyage 2218 and the ANL Dhambi vessel which has had hull cleaning issues will be replaced by the CMA CGM Semarang on voyage 2222.
  • 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

  • The Felixstowe port union has announced another strike from September 27th to October 5th. Liverpool port is also on strike from September 19th to October 3rd. There are considerable backlogs at all UK ports that need to be worked through.
  • 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 backlogs in transshipment ports. Rates have softened on some carriers.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritized.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFSs 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

  • Further industrial action threatens the key Port of Felixstowe with action planned from September 27th to October 5th. The strike by around 1,900 workers over wages disrupted trade, will delay vessels and forced port changes. 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 the 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 October.
  • Rotterdam & Antwerp remain congested.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach reinstatement on the PNW loop vessels weekly service from the CMA-CGM Dutch Harbour v 229s ETD 29th September from the West Coast to New Zealand and Australia.
    • Long Beach terminals have an average wait time 10 days. This is due to terminal congestion, due to import dwell times of containers.
    • The combined number of Import containers to Long Beach is down but dwell time is at 10 days.
    • 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 rail roads is incredibly chaotic right now as union members are still negotiating settlement. Class I railroads, labour unions, and President Joe Biden are working to avoid a nationwide strike that could have stopped the port’s great strides in their tracks.
    • Delays still with rail into Long Beach from the mid-west. 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’s current wait time is 1-3 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Truck driver shortages are causing congestion at terminals and, due to Covid reasons, replacement drivers cannot be found at short notice, 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 1st September 2022 and 30th April 2023).

Exports

  • The VSA service to the West Coast seeing significant delays on arrival dates into Tauranga. Vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports has reduced slightly, however, delays remain significant.
  • There are still delays and congestion in Oakland. Seattle is working well with containers moving off port within days of arrival. Vancouver and Long Beach have improved however there are still delays.
  • 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 short shipping 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 has ceased transiting cargo via Panama into US ports, this is now being offered via Asia with transit times exceeding 80 days.
  • Due to congestion in Oceania, all ANP East Coasts vessels will slide by one week in October effectively resulting in a blank sailing on the service in week 41 (week starting October 10th).

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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