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Date: 7th December 2022

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New Zealand

Imports

  • There is an ongoing resourcing issue in the New Zealand supply chain driven by a long-term lack of skilled & semi-skilled labour. A resurgence in covid along with staff absenteeism for other reasons is and will continue to be a major factor hindering the Ports, warehousing, and trucking companies’ ability to cope with existing volumes.
  • Container depots in the main centres continue to struggle with insufficient capacity to handle the volume of empty containers for dehire or turn-around units to make them available for export use. Often the only option for local container carriers is to hub empty containers called in until they can obtain an active acceptance with a matching booking. Shipping Lines are not offering any relief on detention free time due to the delays. With warehouse storage capacity for imports at a premium coupled with no relief on demurrage or detention, please plan to have resources available to receive incoming shipments over the Christmas period.
  • Ports of Auckland have announced an 8.2% GRI plus a significant additional increase of roughly 100% in VBS booking cost-effective 1st January 2023. The GRI will flow through as an increase in Port Service Charge Levies and the VBS increase will be reflected in the Container Booking Fee charged.
  • 3 vessels are diverting to Northport in December to discharge Auckland destination containers due to congestion:
    • Toronto Trader
    • Shanghai Spirit
    • Big Lilly
  • Please note that we expect delays in processing Customs Clearances over the Christmas period. With this in mind, please send all documents required for clearance as soon as you can.

Exports

  • Congestion at the Port of Tauranga is causing delays and uncertainty, vessels waiting at anchor can come forward dramatically should a berth become available at late notice. Please monitor the POT website closely and aim to have your containers on port at the first opportunity.
  • Hapag Lloyd, ANL, CMA CGM, and Maersk have equipment shortages, Nelson, Port Chalmers, and Napier are the most impacted.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • We have increased our Melbourne consol to three days a week.
    • Our Sydney consol has been increased to two days a week.
    • Qantas have downgraded their aircraft to narrow-body from Melbourne, so there may be capacity issues in the coming weeks.
  • Asia
    • Capacity ex-China is dropping as Air NZ and China Southern reduce flights due to a lack of passenger numbers.
  • USA
    • All consols moving as booked.
    • Lots of capacity from the US West Coast to Auckland.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally move as booked at agreed rate levels. However, there remains a large variation in rate levels for adhoc shipments depending on the origin and airline used.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to Melbourne has been restricted due to schedule disruption with the freighter carriers and Qantas downgrading aircraft to narrow-body.
  • Asia
    • Air Asia has started operations to add to capacity along with additional flights from other Asian carriers.
  • USA
    • Plenty of options and capacities.
    • Air New Zealand have restarted their Chicago service.
  • UK and EU
    • Emirates have started a new twice weekly freighter service to Dubai for connections on to Europe, this will add extra capacity to the UK and EU.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are being affected by the resurgence of COVID and there are delays.

Asia

Imports

  • Scheduling continues to be an issue as vessels lose 15 – 21 days off the New Zealand coast. This now impacts the number of sailings between now and Chinese New Year with only 4 sailings on the ANZEX/CNS service and 5 sailings on the J Star/NZJ/JKN (based on Shanghai to Auckland). While we don’t expect this limitation in capacity to result in any freight rate increases, it is likely that the decline in rates for January may not be as big as what we have seen in recent months.
  • The relaxation in China’s Zero-COVID strategy will see some certainty return over the coming months however there are still indications that the restrictions will be in place on movements between Hong Kong and Southern China in the lead-up to the Chinese New Year. We are still awaiting confirmed details however we expect the situation to change depending on the settings.
  • Trucking strikes in South Korea are causing a lot of issues with containers not being able to be moved and empty depots severely impacted. Most FCL bookings are now being rolled as shippers cannot meet deadlines and our LCL containers are unlikely to be able to be packed at this point.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is improving; however, we are still seeing a shortage of reefer equipment at some origins.
  • 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, & ONE are the only carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia is minimal – currently seeing 1 day or less. South-East Asia is seeing waits of approx. 1 day.
  • China is currently battling COVID outbreaks in cities across the country from Zhengzhou, in central Henan province, to Guangzhou, in the south, and Chongqing, in the southwest. If you have cargo on the water to any of these destinations, please make contact with your Customer Services representative to discuss options for discharge in alternative locations.

Australia

Imports

  • Great news! We are now accepting hazardous LCL bookings on all weekly sailings ex Australia
    • 2023 will bring hazardous cargo being accepted by multiple shipping lines Trans-Tasman
  • There is a possibility of blank sailings over the New Year from ETD 21 December to 8 January.
  • Please check your supplier’s closing and opening times over the New Year.
  • ZIM service is a reliable option for Trans-Tasman Eastbound Melbourne-Sydney-Auckland-Tauranga-Lyttleton. Please ask your Oceanbridge representative for more details.
  • The rail from Adelaide to Melbourne opened up again. The rail corridor closed on 14 November for 4 weeks when a 1.7 KM long freight train derailed west of Geelong.

The incident damaged rail infrastructure and left containers strewn across the tracks. This had a big impact on FCL containers moving on rail from Adelaide to Melbourne.

We were able to find a solution with vessels calling direct from Adelaide to NZ.

Exports

  • Port delays have improved slightly – current average waiting time in Sydney is 1-3 days, Melbourne is 1-2 days and Brisbane is approx. 1 day.
  • There has been another change to the ANZ Shuttle service second vessel – this is now the ANL Tasman Trader. The ANL Tasman Trader call Brisbane, Sydney, and Tauranga. The other vessel on this service will change to be the Contship Win from early December – this vessel calls Tauranga, Brisbane, and Noumea.
  • On the TTZ service, the X Press Nuptse will be replaced by the Capitaine Baret in January 2023.
  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line. We recommend checking with your Export Customer Services representative well in advance of any upcoming bookings you may require.
  • The depots in Australia are facing 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
  • DAFF (The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry) will be increasing the AQIS Processing Charge for shipments arriving by sea from the 16th of January 2023. The revised charge will be AUD 58 per declared consignment.

Europe

Imports

  • Blank sailings and port omissions are affecting schedule integrity, particularly from UK.
  • 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.
  • 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 back logs in transshipment ports. Rates have softened on most carriers.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritized.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season is in place from September 1st and will remain in place until April 30th. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • There is congestion in Hamburg, resulting in delays with on carriage of other EU destinations and deliveries into Germany.
  • Due to recent strikes in Felixstowe, there is congestion in Southampton.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach terminal has no vessels waiting.
  • The combined number of import containers to Long Beach is down by 11%. for November.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time is currently 5 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time 1-2 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Houston / Savannah waiting time is up to 10 days at port terminals.
  • A legal rail strike has been averted with President Biden on Friday signing into law legislation that requires the unions and railroads to adopt contract negotiated in September.
  • Trucking has now eased due to the drop in import containers from Asia on the West Coast.
  • Still, truck driver shortage causing congestion on the East Coast at terminals, due to Covid reasons, replacement drivers at short notice cannot be found, so we are incurring penalty rates moving containers.
  • 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

  • There is good news, there are more departures planned (5) to the US West Coast this December than last (2), however, the schedule from ex Tauranga is at an all-time high on the scale of chaos. Berthing issues are causing long delays and short notice, followed by vessel advancement at late notice.
  • Snow in Seattle is causing delays.
  • The East Coast services have been overbooked by the Carriers, consequently shortshipping containers. There is significant congestion in Charleston. Congestion in Panama & Cartagena is resulting in delayed transhipment of 2-4 weeks into Houston, Savannah, Norfolk, New Orleans 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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