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Date: 6th June 2024

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New Zealand

  • Road User Charges for trucking is due to increase at the end of June. The direct additional cost particularly affects long haul routes. A number have advised rate increases over the next 2 months in the order of 5-6%.
  • Kiwirail carried out a block of line maintenance shut down for 3 and a half days, Metroport to Tauranga & reverse, over the Kings Birthday long weekend. It is having a knock-on effect of delaying rail transit times, especially northbound from Port of Tauranga to Metroport.
  • Due to reduced capacity OOCL, Cosco, & MSC can no longer accept bookings via Metroport. All cargo must load at Auckland.
  • Hapag Lloyd are often exceeding their Metroport cap. We suggest working to a Wednesday close off for any Hapag Lloyd Metroport bookings.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April, May, and June as strengthening works continue on the West Gate Freeway overpass, that connects the Bolte Bridge and West Gate Freeway, adding difficulties for container transport operators accessing the Port of Melbourne.
  • Due to changes in terminal operating systems, container slots are now only available after containers have been discharged from the vessel and made by the vessel operator. Accordingly, we have been asked by transport for documents to be sent through 96 hours prior to ETA in Australia. For containers not customs cleared, or customs duties not paid prior to arrival, missed timeslots will apply. Please ensure you send your requested documents through to your Customer Service Representative as soon as possible so we can book in slots with our transport companies. If you have any questions, please contact your Oceanbridge Representative for more details.
  • DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry) has initiated an annual review and indexation cycle to regulatory fees for biosecurity and imported food regulatory activities effective 1st July 2024:
    • Full Import Declaration (FID) – Air – increasing from $43.00 to $45.00 per FID.
    • Full Import Declaration (FID) – Sea – increasing from $63.00 to $66.00 per FID.
    • Fee for service – inspection (including virtual inspections), examination, document assessment, analysis, diagnostic activity, clearance of cargo, treatment, audit, supervision, and training.
  • Customs are reminding importers that vehicles must have import approval/permits granted prior to importing vehicles into Australia. Waiting time can be up to 4-6 weeks to obtain approval/permits and Australian Border Force will not release the vehicle from customs controls. Vehicles are classified as anything that will be on Australian roads including cars, trailers, horse floats, boat trailers etc.
  • Currently, Maersk has no 20′ stock available for exports from Australia and has forecasted short 20′ supplies into June. Please speak with your customer services representative about options.
  • There have been new Australian Border Force practices enforced in relation to the verification of new Importers/Exporters identity. In order to conform with these requirements, we must now have an LOA and form of ID for all new importers on file.
  • Space and equipment are in demand in some areas of North and South-East Asia and Australia. However, at the time of writing, there is availability for imports into Australia’s West Coast (Fremantle and Adelaide).
  • DP World terminal in Melbourne is facing extreme congestion as the terminal undertakes construction work to reconfigure landside truck grids within the terminal. Truck waiting time has increased and cartage carriers are also experiencing missing time slots and futile trips. The issues will be ongoing for a couple of weeks as work continues.

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Consols are running as booked. Carriers are at capacity so additional space is harder to obtain for any larger ad-hoc shipments.

Asia

  • Carriers are at capacity and rates are starting to rise from all origins. Larger shipments are moving over several flights which is delaying final delivery on arrival. This is expected to continue up until EID holidays have finished.

USA

  • Consols are moving as booked. There are some capacity issues with the reduced flights and increased EU transiting cargo. However, this is not as bad as we thought it might be.

UK and EU

  • Consols from London, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, and Milan are all moving well, and have not yet been affected by the reduced capacity in the US and the delays in Asia.

Import Cargo Terminals

  • Import terminals (for the most part) are operating well.

Exports

Australia and Pacific

  • Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers. Tasman Cargo Airlines reducing Auckland to Melbourne service due to aircraft maintenance.

Asia

  • Air NZ are full to some destinations, but capacity is available on other carriers.

USA

  • Capacity issues remain for USA and Canada, although confirmed bookings are coming back a little quicker than last month.

UK and EU

  • Bookings to Europe are taking up to 3 weeks to be approved, either via the US, Asia, or Middle East.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Congestion in Singapore is now reaching a critical point, with vessels waiting up to 7 days for a berth. This is having significant flow-on effect to connections to NZ, as well as berth congestion at the port. Whilst cargo from South-East Asia has been somewhat exempt from the space challenges and subsequent rate increases that we have seen from China and the rest of North Asia, this will likely change in the near future.
  • Multiple shipping lines are now implementing Peak Season Surcharges from Asia & the Subcontinent at various quantum’s, with each shipping line opting for different start dates. We are yet to receive notices from all major shipping lines at the time of compiling this, but we expect all to follow suit.
  • Empty container availability remains a challenge as shipping lines grapple with delays going around the Cape of Good Hope. This isn’t a new theme and will likely remain an issue whilst the conflict continues.
  • Blank sailings still plague the direct services from North Asia to New Zealand with the J Star (Maersk) / NZJ (ONE) / JKN (Cosco/OOCL) service due to having another blank sailing in the middle of June, resulting in extra pressure on space.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Limited waiting time at Busan and Singapore ports due to vessel bunching.
  • Space remains tight on some services to Asia. We recommend booking at least 3 weeks in advance in order to secure. Please check with your customer service representative for options.

Trans-Tasman

Imports

  • AMSA (Australia Maritime Safety Authority) is currently focusing on export shipments through the Port of Melbourne to ensure shippers of containers are accurately measuring Verified Gross Mass (VGM) through one of the two accepted methods (Method 1 or Method 2), and that these are accurate and recorded reliably. Shippers should be aware that penalties and potential delays apply for serious or willful non-compliance.
  • As mentioned above but also relating to Trans-Tasman – DP World terminal in Melbourne is facing extreme congestion as the terminal undertakes construction work to reconfigure landside truck grids within the terminal. Truck waiting time has increased and cartage carriers are also experiencing missed time slots and futile trips. The issues will be ongoing for a couple of weeks as work continues.

Exports

  • Road closures / roadworks in Melbourne will affect deliveries for June. Starting to see port congestion building in Melbourne also.
  • Heavy rain and bad weather in NSW and QLD have impacted cartage.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country-wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.

Europe

Imports

  • On-going attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.
  • BMSB season has finished and will re-start on September 1st.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as shipping lines adjust to the lower volumes and Red Sea attacks.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20′ reefer containers are in low supply across Europe.

Exports

  • Suez Canal Situation – Ongoing attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea has made all container carriers avoid the Suez Canal until further notice. There will be delays of approximately 2-3 weeks and extra costs as shipping lines re-route via Cape of Good Hope.

North America

Imports

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – US East Coast vessels are progressing back through the Panama Canal. The service will also be dropping Charleston and calling Savannah.
  • South Carolina Ports (Charleston) experienced a vendor software issue that halted all Port Operations for several days. This has now been resolved, and Port Operations are open again.
  • USA Customs are consistently red-flagging Australia and NZ Export boxes. All master loaders are affected with little communication from USA Customs as to the exact reason or the cargo they are targeting. Unfortunately, this procedure brings NZ Importers extra charges with no updates of how long the inspections will take. We are monitoring this closely and will keep you updated.
  • Direct LCL service fortnightly from LAX/Chicago to Lyttelton. We are currently not seeing US Customs targets on Lyttelton boxes.

Exports

  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Vessels are now transiting the Panama Canal. The low lake level in the canal is adversely affecting vessel deadweight capacity. Space is restricted and vessels are booked 4-5 weeks in advance of departure.
  • The ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk, and MSC will no longer call Charleston SC and will call Savannah GA – effective the Maersk Bali 419N which sailed Tauranga 18/05. The Charleston Port Authority is constructing a new breakwater which has badly impacted the Charleston Wando terminal capacity. These works are expected to take 12 months. We are working on options with the carriers for any cargo currently in transit/booked for Charleston and will be in contact with all concerned.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore have resumed.
  • West Coast North America – There is a gap in the US West Coast schedule, after the Seaspan Rio de Janeiro 422N ETD Tauranga on June 27, the next vessel is the CAP Jervis 424N ETD Tauranga on July 11th. This leaves a month between Vancouver sailings. Space is tightening on this service and is expected to worsen as carriers move excess cargo for the US East Coast via US West Coast ports.
  • New York/Newark – No waiting time expected for a berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM Terminals.
  • Norfolk – Most vessels berth on arrival. However, the bigger vessels wait approximately 2 days for a berth.
  • Charleston Terminal – On May 29, the South Carolina Port Authority had 14 ships at anchor up to 10 days waiting time at Wando Welch Terminal and 2 days at North Charleston Terminal. In response to the congestion, 14 ships are omitted and 11 called the North Charleston Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal is 2 days.
  • Houston – Vessel’s waiting time remains at 1 day.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has been reduced to 2 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). The average delivery time has been reduced to 3.3 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 1-3 days. Rail wagons are in severe deficit over the next couple of weeks.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo remain at 2.9 days.
  • Vancouver – Negotiations between the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference and both Canadian Class 1 railways have resulted in the assistance of federal mediators. Until a decision is rendered, there is minimal risk of a work stoppage.
  • Halifax – All vessels due to arrive in week 23 are off proforma ETA. Rail wagon supply has been negatively impacted due to lack of balance of import v export.

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