New Zealand

Imports

  • Synthetic Greenhouse Gas (Goods) Levy rate changes from 1st January 2024 – The Climate Change (Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levies) Amendment Regulations 2023 (Schedule 1 and 2) set out the levy rate changes Minor updates to item descriptions and tariff codes are included in Schedule 2.
  • DP World industrial action at Australian ports continues to cause disruption for a number of vessel arrivals to NZ Ports & will continue to do so whilst there is no resolution, mediation planned.
  • KiwiRail will be undertaking extended track closures in and out of Wellington for freight services from 25th December 2023 to 7th January 2024 inclusive.
  • There will also be a block of line shutdown for maintenance between Metroport and Port of Tauranga from 30th December 2023 to 3rd January 2024 inclusive, so there will not be any containers moving to or from during the shutdown. Services will also be reduced by 2 days on either side of the shutdown.
  • Effective 1st January 2024 there will be a significant increase in Ports of Auckland tariff costs. A general tariff GRI of 7.7% applies but not all increases apply equally with the peak season cost per VBS container booking increasing substantially to encourage more after-hours, weekend VBS bookings utilized.
  • MPI – BMSB season is now underway. Please forward all documents to us for any clearance as soon as you are able to, to avoid the possibility of any delays.
  • For any customers planning to take a break from being open during the Christmas holiday short weeks, we are able to offer storage by arrangement rates for LCL shipments arriving via our freight system. Please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for details.
  • Update from the 22nd of November – The European Parliament has voted to approve the NZ-EU Free Trade Agreement. New Zealand still needs to ratify the agreement, and it will likely enter into force by mid-2024. This is a significant step forward for the passage of the FTA, but the agreement is not yet in force. There are no immediate changes to how New Zealand companies currently export to the EU, but it is a good time for you to start preparing for entry into force and understanding what benefits might apply to you.
  • Change is in the air for Container Checks Portal (CCP) – Early 2024, Biosecurity NZ will be introducing a new version of the CCP, used for electronic submission of container inspection results by Accredited Persons. This change is required as part of a complete overhaul of our internal border systems to upgrade the technology and provide a more stable platform for the future. The biggest change will be a requirement to use RealMe to access the system. Having a RealMe login allows you to securely access Government online services and brings the CCP in line with other MPI systems available to external stakeholders. If you already have a RealMe login, it will work for the CCP once it’s set up OR you can set up a login at any time in preparation for the change. There will be some changes to the look and feel of the system that you are familiar with, and we will ensure you are made aware of these changes as we move closer to going live. The basic functionality remains the same – you will be able to enter inspection details for your sea and air containers and manage the Transitional Facilities you are working with as you can now. In addition, we are working on setting up an option for the larger Transitional Facilities to submit their container checks directly from their own in-house container record systems. If you have any questions about this change, please contact info@mpi.govt.nz and keep an eye out for further information in the next few months.
  • Steel Research Levy rate change from the 11th of December 2023 – From the 11th of December 2023 changes to the steel research levy, which applies to all items listed in Schedule 2 of the Heavy Engineering Research Levy Act 1998, will increase levy rates from $10/tonne to $20/tonne.
  • A message from your Oceanbridge Customs Team – We have the Customs Team here to help over the Christmas and New Year period. Please send us your documents as soon as possible so that we can complete your clearance in a timely manner. If you are closed over the holiday period, please contact the team here at Oceanbridge so that we can arrange any storage, and ensure your cargo is delivered promptly to you on reopening.

Exports

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

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Singapore Airlines have been cancelling flights ex Melbourne, causing capacity issues and delays on other carriers.

Asia

  • Expected capacity issues over the next 7 days with B2C packages from the Black Friday sales likely to be moving from across Asia.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. Extra capacity now in the market for the summer months.

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

Exports

Australia

  • Consols are moving as booked. Some delays with carriers but overall moving well.

Asia

  • Capacity available on most carriers to Asia.

USA

  • Plenty of capacity with all the US airlines now operating full schedules.

UK and EU

  • Extra capacity via the USA is now available.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • It isn’t quite Christmas yet, but we need to skip past that and look towards the Lunar New Year celebrations which will see closures in China, Hong Kong and other parts of Asia from 10-17 February. Whilst we expect the rush will be as manic as we have seen in the past, it is still best to be prepared and talk to your suppliers about lead times and what they need to get goods out prior to closures and look to secure bookings as early as possible. The feeder/barge services across a lot of China will be significantly reduced or even cease over that period, so anything requiring precarriage through to a main port should be moving at least a week prior to any closures.
  • Over the next 3 weeks, we do have a bunching of very full vessels from Asia arriving in the country, no doubt with time pressures on many containers to get in before any closures. Please ensure that the documentation required for customs clearance is with our team as early as possible, along with the submission of any Original Bills of Lading (especially with the strain on couriers at this time of the year). This will allow our team to liaise with trucking companies earlier and likely achieve a more favourable VBS slot for delivery.
  • The last week or so has seen an easing of the pressure on space from China and the rest of North Asia. We are yet to see whether this will pick up again in the coming weeks, in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year. However, at this time, rate levels remain relatively flat following a flurry of rate restorations in the past couple of months. If demand does remain strong, then we may see a bit more of a push from shipping lines to raise rates in January.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • MSC, OOCL, & ONE are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.

Australia

Imports

  • The DP World port strike affects Maersk and ANL. This is starting to have a real impact on the DP World terminal, causing issues around cartage time slots, and Maersk missing Australian ports or changing port rotation. Strike action will likely go beyond Christmas. Further information below:
    • Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have been in contact with DP World senior management in order to update members on the latest on the protected industrial action continuing around the DP World terminals nationally.

Unfortunately, there is little change in that DP World has announced another update suggesting the members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union have, despite continued efforts to reach an understanding, outlined a further series of work bans and stoppages up to and including Monday 18th December.

Exports

  • The wharf strikes across Australia continue which include complete wharf closures and landside operational stoppages. Officials advise industrial action will be in place through December. 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.
  • Melbourne is introducing 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 will be in effect from 01.10.2023. Please note fees may apply for undeclared weights also.
  • ANL will be adding another vessel to their trans-Tasman service in Mid-December and will also start to call Port Chalmers, Nelson, and Napier directly.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.
  • The most recent statement from DP World can be found here: DPW_Media.pdf (mcusercontent.com)
  • A full list of upcoming protected Industrial actions can be found here: PIA_updates_201123.pdf (mcusercontent.com)

Europe

Imports

  • 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.
  • 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.

North America

Imports

  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Papeete* ā€“ Surrey* ā€“ Oakland ā€“ Los Angeles ā€“ Auckland ā€“ Sydney ā€“ Melbourne ā€“ Adelaide* ā€“ Tauranga ā€“ Seattle.
Ā  Ā  Ā  Ā  *Fortnightly

  • Ex LAX there is a blank sailing for ETD 19/12 causing a two-week gap in the schedule for all shipping lines.
  • Panama Canal update – CMA CGM confirm that the canal situation is already taking a severe toll on operations. Transit restrictions have started to impact container ships for the first time with no improvement on the horizon.
  • Please advise your Oceanbridge Representative on dates your site will be closed over the holiday period.
  • Long Beach Port congestion is causing a 6-day wait for berthing.
  • The Port of Long Beach has a goal of all trucks with zero emissions by 2035.
  • 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 to 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

  • New York – No waiting time is expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM terminals. However, up to 3 days of waiting time at Global Container Terminals Bayonne can be expected.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – There is no waiting time for vessel berthing at Wando Welch Terminal and North Charleston Terminals.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal has been reduced to 1 day.
  • Houston – Vessels are waiting 2 days for vessel berthing.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time is up to 3 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT).
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 4 days. There remains a shortage of rail cars causing delays in onward rail transport. Rail wagon availability is currently a serious concern due to the low volume of wagons heading Westbound to balance the high volume going Eastbound. The railroads are actively collaborating with all stakeholders to enhance car availability. However, if additional Westbound cargo or empty wagons are not provided, the situation will persist. T18 (the terminal utilized for the service from NZ) will be closed every Friday in November.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays in Los Angeles currently. On port rail dwell time is currently 3.8 days.
  • Vancouver – All marine terminals in Vancouver are currently operational and berth congestion is no longer an issue. Rail productivity has reduced to match demand. On port rail dwell time has decreased to 3.4 days.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time is 7.2 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Severe congestion in South Africa’s ports is forcing shipping lines to omit the country from their services. Currently 96 vessels are waiting at anchor outside ports, costing the economy R98m ($5.32m) a day, according to the South African Association of Freight Forwarders (SAAFF).
  • Maersk is among the lines skipping calls – earlier today it warned of long waiting times at Durban and noted that “CMA has triggered a Cape Town omission on the APL Houston eastbound voyage due to berthing congestion in Cape Town”.
  • The congestion appears to be the result of a perfect storm of poor weather affecting operations and ports operator Transnet experiencing issues with equipment.

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