New Zealand

Imports

  • Following close on the heels of Port of Auckland’s recent increase in the cost of VBS slots, Metroport, plus several empty depots, is also increasing the VBS cost per container effective February.
  • DP World industrial action at Australian ports has deepened in Sydney and will continue to cause significant disruption for a number of vessel arrivals to NZ ports.
  • There was an Auckland Anniversary weekend block of line maintenance shut down on the rail link Tauranga to Metroport which will mean some delays in the normal rail transit time.
  • 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.

Exports

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

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Generally, capacity on most services remains high with minimal off-loads. Tasman Cargo freighter from Melbourne is still offline, but likely to be operational from next week.

Asia

  • Delays are expected across the Asian region from this week as the buildup to the Lunar New Year means suppliers will be pushing to get orders on flights before closing in early February. Air Asia X’s last flight will be on 3rd February. This loss of capacity will affect rates and services after the Lunar New Year.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Larger ad-hoc shipments are taking a little longer, but there is capacity across most carriers.

UK and EU

  • Consols from main Origins are continuing to work well. Airlines are still reluctant to put out a complete tariff, so we still have to request rates from all but the consol origins.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Air NZ terminal is operating as normal, but the Menzies terminal is regularly delayed in making import shipments available.

Exports

Australia

  • Consols are moving as booked. Tasman cargo freighter to Melbourne is still offline, likely to be operational from next week.

Asia

  • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.

USA

  • Although there is plenty of capacity, carriers are struggling to move larger shipments to final destinations across the US. Also, there have been delays in processing any shipments requiring FDA clearance through Los Angeles and San Francisco.

UK and EU

  • Shipments are moving as booked.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • With Chinese New Year just over a week away, the last of the shipments booked to depart before or during this period should be all in the final stages of the export process. There is expected to be a longer than usual lull following this year’s celebrations as it is the first year, since the covid pandemic began, without any movement restrictions. It is worth following up with your suppliers for any documentation (invoices, quarantine declarations, etc.) prior to the holiday period – 10th to 17th February.
  • Post-Chinese New Year volumes seem to be tracking reasonably strong, so we may see a bit of space pressure on a handful of vessels following the holiday.
  • Equipment flows in Asia remain an issue with delays due to disruption in the Red Sea. Location and equipment type vary depending on the shipping line, so please talk to your customer service representative should you have any concerns.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 20′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also starting to see the impact of peak season.
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Chinese New Year officially begins on 10th February 2024. The year of the dragon! Please check with your customer service representative if you have cargo arriving at this time.

Australia

Imports

  • The latest on the DP World port strike and industrial action sees a continuation of bans and stoppages. The current wait times at DP World Australian ports is 4-11 days.
    • Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) continue to be in contact with DP World senior management in terms of the latest information on the Protected Industrial Action (PIA) impacting their container terminals nationally.
    • DP World has recently issued a notice advising that employees who choose to engage in the work bans at DP World’s Australian terminals will not receive wages until they return to their full normal duties. This has led to a short-term pause in stop work schedules, however, DP World is still calling for the Australian Government to urgently intervene.
    • Further to updates on the latest PIA announced yesterday and again earlier today, DP World has now announced they have received yet another updated list of bans and stoppages from the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) division of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU).
    • A full list of upcoming Protected Industrial Actions can be found here: PIA_updates_160124.pdf (mcusercontent.com)

Exports

  • The wharf strikes across Australia continue which include complete wharf closures and landside operational stoppages. Officials advise industrial action will be in place throughout January/early February. This is causing havoc on schedules, with delays and port omissions, and is also leading to container demurrage and detention being incurred in some cases. The current average port waiting time in Sydney is 4-9 days, Melbourne is 4-11 days, and Brisbane is 0.5-10 days.
  • Melbourne has 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

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made most carriers to NZ avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. Maersk, MSC, Cosco, and ONE are all diverting 100% of their vessels. CMA has occasional Suez transit when French Navy escort is available, but their NEMO service has now been diverted around the Cape of Good Hope. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.
  • 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 they 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 have caused all 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. Please keep booking as normal and we will advise the new arrival times and additional costs.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Los Angeles – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.
       *Fortnightly

  • Cold weather is causing rail delays. This in turn can delay containers from making vessel cut-offs.
  • LAX – no major congestion. Carriers are under pressure to secure time slots for the wharf in/out movements.
  • Chicago terminal reservations are becoming an issue.
  • Houston port delays – turnaround time at the terminal is 3-4 hours.
  • No strikes currently.
  • Some shipping lines are rolling bookings due to space constraints.
  • USA customs holds are still occurring. This affects all master loaders from the USA.
  • USA Exports affected by Customs inspections.

US Customs and Border Protection Services have increased their activity levels to hold and inspect containers prior to export to check for illegal cargo or contraband.

We have been made aware that there has been a significant increase in illegal trade from the US this year, which has directly resulted in this increase in activity.

Whilst these holds and inspections are outside of our control, they do have an impact on our service in lengthy delays on both our LCL program and FCL bookings, as well as being costly.

When containers are placed on hold for inspection, they are moved off port to a designated facility to be x-rayed or devanned and inspected. This is done based on the arrival date into the facility and can at times mean a wait for weeks before being inspected.

Costs are applied by US Customs and Border Protection and will be prorated across all LCL cargo in our FAK containers or applied directly to the consignee for any FCL containers.

The Customs inspected containers are monitored closely by our Agent and we will endeavor to update you as information comes through.

  • Please do not hesitate to contact your Oceanbridge Representative if you have any concerns or questions.

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. 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.
  • New York – No waiting time is expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC, however up to 1.5 days at APM Terminals, and 3 days waiting time at Port Liberty Terminal Bayonne can be expected.
  • 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 2 days at Wando Welch Terminal and 1.5 days at North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is now 2 days.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 2 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 6 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 4 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 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 reduced to 5.2 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

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