New Zealand

Imports

  • The reintroduction of container terminal berth windows by Ports of Auckland and Port of Tauranga is a work in progress. Vessel arrival times being affected by delays in other ports is an issue, but loading & discharge is largely working to plan.
  • There has been some relief in Auckland container depot congestion over the past fortnight, partially due to a softening of import container volumes. There are still challenges as the underlying resourcing and capacity issues are still in evidence. Oak Road Container Park stopped receiving import empties with minimal notice last week. Local carriers are not yet in a position to be able to achieve pre-pandemic SLAs for dehire turnaround but the average timespan to dehire from empty notification has improved.
  • The local congestion surcharge on LCL shipments is being reduced effective 1st April
  • We continue to see MPI applications take several days to be processed and thank all those who are able to get clearance documents to us early as this helps a lot in spreading the load.
  • A number of MPI import health standards are being revised at present. This has affected the imports of fish and wood products. We continue to work with MPI to get clarification on changes and any new documents required and will talk directly to those affected customers as we have more information.

Exports

  • State highway 5 is open from Napier to Taupo and services have recommenced via this route.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

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

Asia

  • Air New Zealand has cancelled their direct Guangzhou to Auckland service now leaving China Southern as the only direct option.

USA

  • United Airlines are reducing to three flights a week from the 1st of April and America Airlines and Air Canada have ceased services until September at the earliest.

UK and EU

  • Emirates Airlines is back flying direct to Christchurch, this additional capacity will mean shipments destined to Christchurch no longer need to be trucked down from Auckland.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Delays at Menzies Aviation Terminal due to staffing shortages.

Exports

Australia

  • With additional service options, space on consols is readily available, just some delays for securing large adhoc shipments.

Asia

  • Air NZ cancelled their direct Auckland to Guangzhou service now leaving China Southern as the only direct option.

USA

  • United Airlines are reducing to three flights a week from the 1st of April and American Airlines and Air Canada have ceased services until September at the earliest.

UK and EU

  • Emirates Airlines back flying direct to Christchurch, this additional capacity will mean shipments originating in Christchurch no longer need to be trucked up to Auckland.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Delays continue at Menzies Aviation Terminal due to staffing shortages.

Asia

Imports

  • The ANZEX/CNS/NCS service will be reduced to 6 vessels for the foreseeable future as the Rotterdam Bridge rotates onto a different trade and as a result, every 7th week will see a blank sailing; this is mainly because of dwindling volumes from North Asia.
  • We are beginning to see an improvement in schedules due to the fixed berth windows in New Zealand however this may take a full-service rotation or 2 before we see the full benefits. The downside of this is that we are likely to see more port omissions planned as the lines look to ensure they hit their berthing windows in Auckland and Tauranga.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving.
  • Advanced bookings are a challenge with more lines imposing cancellation fees, schedule changes, and reduced booking windows, however, we recommend discussing options with your Customer Service 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 Northeast Asia has gotten heavier – currently seeing 3-5 days except for Hong Kong which is only facing minor congestion. Southeast Asia is seeing waits of 1 day or less.

Australia

Imports

  • Australia to NZ FCL bookings there are options available.
  • LCL groupage service from Australia schedule integrity target hit.
  • Weekly hazardous groupage service for LCL to NZ book it & collected no delay.
  • Projects? Accepting over dimensional – flatracks/open tops equipment available.

Exports

  • Port delays continue across the country but have reduced – current average waiting time in Sydney is 1 day, Melbourne is 0.5 days and Brisbane is approx. 1 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis until the end of Q2 2023.
  • Space and equipment availability is improving.
  • Oluf Maersk 310S is omitting Sydney – please contact your Customer Service representative for alternative options.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season is winding down. All departures ex Europe from this week will arrive after 30th April so do not need any BMSB treatment or documentation. The season will start again on 1st September.
  • Industrial action in France and Germany affecting some pick-ups.
  • 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.
  • Rates have softened on most carriers.

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 allows for more even port coverage in both Oceania & North America.
    • Weekly calls to and from Auckland, NZ.
    • Continuous weekly calls to and from Oakland & 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.

  • 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 and 30th April).
  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. The 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

  • 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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