New Zealand

Imports

  • Despite daily reported Covid positive numbers trending down, every sector of the domestic supply chain that involves physical handling, including New Zealand ports, are operating at reduced capacity due to staff resourcing issues compounded by a continuing high staff sick leave absence ratio.
  • Rail transit time from Port of Tauranga to Metroport has greatly improved over the last 2 weeks. Please be aware Port of Tauranga are expecting significant vessel ‘bunching’ starting the end of this week which will place heavy demand on capacity at the port plus rail link. Average rail transit time to Metroport is expected to stretch out again as a result.
  • The pump price of diesel eased slightly during July so local trucking FAF has been reduced to 29.7%.
  • Container depots are still challenged with changeable stock and staffing resource levels, affecting the ability for carriers to uplift containers for export, dehire empty containers. Frequently, acceptances are not in place 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. Overall depot capacity will be further compromised with Maersk / Hamburg Sud announcing this week they are progressively exiting their Hugo Johnson Drive facility this month.
  • Evacuation of the record import interchange of containers discharged ex Marsden Point from the Antwerp Bridge is making steady progress. 80% of containers are expected to be moved by the end of this week – a good effort considering the number of truck moves required at a time there is a real driver shortage especially in the greater Auckland area.
  • Further to our communication sent last week regarding MPI stepping up actions to protect New Zealand from Foot-and-Mouth disease (FMD), please see explicit instructions regarding containers ex-Indonesia.

If you import containers from Indonesia, you will be emailed a Biosecurity Authority Clearance Certificate (BACC) stating ‘Indonesia FCL (or FAK) Verification’. External inspection/6-sided and supervised unpacking required. To be unpacked under direct supervision of an MPI inspector by an Authorised Person (AP). Container is not be opened until the MPI Border Clearance Inspector is present.

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.
  • Container supply has become problematic as container depots staffing levels reduce many are struggling to repair and upgrade containers.
  • Vessel delays and schedule changes continue to be an issue, we highly recommend that the receival window is confirmed at the time of arranging container transport (both empty in and full back to the port). There is congestion at the Port of Tauranga, this is causing vessels drop back 3-4 days very close to the planned ETD.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia – Qatar Airways have added extra flight from Adelaide which is a good connection from Melbourne. Air Asia X to start in November that will add extra capacity out of Sydney.
  • Asia – China has opened up a little but most other origins at capacity especially if transiting via another Asian airport.
  • USA – Hawaiian Airlines working well from the East Coast shipments via New York. Air Tahiti Nui now running three flights a week ex Los Angeles. United Airlines and American soon to finalise their summer schedules.
  • UK and EU – Capacity has been squeezed due to the European holiday period, delays on shipments are between 3 and 7 days in some instances , rates do remain high particularly for maindeck shipments as there are such limited services.
  • 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 has been confirmed on freighter services 4 x a week to Melbourne and plenty of capacity to Sydney.
  • Asia – China is still at full capacity but booking to other destinations is much easier to obtain. Air Asia X starting in November will add extra capacity across its network.
  • USA – United Airlines can now offer services via Papeete and Delta is also offering services via Sydney. This extra capacity has helped with bookings on non-direct services are being confirmed immediately.
  • UK and EU – Capacity is currently the best for the EU it has been for some time with carriers confirming bookings with transit times of around three days.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport are being hit by absenteeism due to Covid and flu infections.

Asia

Imports

  • Schedule issues continue to be the biggest challenge with long gaps between sailings on most services, often followed by “stacking” on sailings following that. While there is generally a promising outlook that these will improve, we expect this will remain an issue until, at least, the end of 2022.
  • As a result of the scheduling issues, we are constantly adjusting the services that we are utilising for our LCL program, in order to ensure we are able to continue to move cargo on a regular basis.
  • Pressures on services from South East Asia seem to be building again following a month or so lull. Scheduling issues also seem to be creeping back into the KIX service meaning long gaps between sailings from Singapore/Port Klang.

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 are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • ANL has temporarily suspended cargo to the Philippines.
  • Berth congestion has been an issue in Shanghai, Ningbo, Qingdao, Hong Kong, Singapore and Port Kelang. Current delays are between 1-3 days, however, this is improving.

Australia

Imports

  • We are pleased to advise that we are now packing in Adelaide, with a direct LCL service Adelaide to Auckland with a transit time of 9 days. Please reach out to your Oceanbridge representative to secure space on this service or for any pricing enquiries.
  • Vessels are at full capacity on all eastbound services with a required booking window for FCLs at +6weeks prior to departure. Schedule integrity is extremely low with most vessels departing Australia outside of advertised ETDs.
  • 20’ equipment is in extremely short supply across most carriers. The expectation is that the carriers will not be able to supply 20’ equipment, and a requirement to shift to 40’HC’s may be needed to ensure booking acceptance.
  • ANL vessel delays and port omissions are frequent. This is affecting both FCL and LCL movements on the Tasman.
  • Fuel Surcharge in Australia has increased in August is +28.5%.

Exports

  • Brisbane and Sydney ports are seeing congestion and current delays of up to 4 days.
  • ANL have schedule changes and port omissions to assist with schedule recovery. The TTZ service will omit Wellington until the 19th August and the Hansa Regensburg v2214 will omit Sydney. Please contact your Customer Service representative for alternative sailing options.
  • ANL are also having weight stability issues with their sailings and are having to roll bookings. If you have not collected the empty container yet please contact your Customer Service representative for alternative schedule options.
  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line so 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

  • Peak Europe export season is putting pressure on all services to load out before European holidays. Space is particularly tight from Italy.
  • There will be some congestion in the Rotterdam and Antwerp area due to low water levels in the canal systems. This causes the barges to be limited in how many containers they can load. Some containers are forced to be trucked at higher costs, and some have to wait to be cleared on later barge sailings and miss their intended vessel.
  • Felixstowe, Hamburg, and Bremerhaven port may be subject to strike action this month.
  • 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.
  • Please allow 4-5 weeks to secure bookings. Maersk, CMA, and MSC are open but Cosco, ONE, OOCL, PIL, and Hapag have all stopped taking bookings to NZ due to backlogs in transhipment ports.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritised.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not directly affected services to NZ, however, many European suppliers potentially have raw materials that come from these countries so it would be worth checking in with them to make sure that they can produce your orders OK.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season will start again on September 1st.

Exports

  • Transport into the UK remains heavily booked and congested but is operating reasonably efficiently. Fuel surcharges continue to escalate and will likely increase upon arrival from the departure date, please expect extra charges for door deliveries while the cost of fuel continues to rise.
  • There is significant port congestion in European ports due to containers being stranded because of the Russia/Ukraine conflict.

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 30,000 containers waiting for a train and should be more in the 9,000 range.
    • The combined number of Import containers to Long Beach are down but dwell time is at nine days.
    • Import containers being shipped via rail are moving out too slowly and will have a flow on affect with terminal congestion at Long Beach.
    • American freight via rail roads are incredibly chaotic right now as union members may go on strike later this month.
    • 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.
  • Truckers Oakland work stoppage this week to protest against AB5 that seek to limit use of Independent contractors and largely classify them as employee drivers.

Truck driver shortage is still causing congestion at terminals and with Covid reasons replacement drivers at short notice can’t be found, so we are incurring penalty rates moving containers.

  • As of Monday morning, ship-position data from MarineTraffic and the latest queue lists for California ports showed 43 container ships waiting off Savannah; 26 off Los Angeles/Long Beach; 24 off Houston; 18 off New York/New Jersey; 17 off Vancouver, British Columbia; 15 off Oakland, California; and 10 ships off other ports.
  • The previous BMSB requirements will be reinstated for the upcoming BMSB season and will be made permanent for all future BMSB seasons (between 1 September and 30 April).

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.
  • The VSA service is now calling Long Beach on every sailing.
  • Containers are still being block stacked on arrival in Vancouver, recent improvement continues with dwell times reducing. Seattle is working well with containers moving off port within days of arrival. Recent protests at the port of Oakland has caused further delay in uplifting containers from the port.
  • Container yards are still over capacity and often are not accepting empty returns resulting in storage and additional transport costs.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. Maersk have stopped bookings for the next 4-5 weeks. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, and New York.

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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