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Date: 8th June 2023

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New Zealand

Imports

  • NZ Ports are generally coping well with container volume. This is partially due to low import container volumes during Q2. Rail transit from Port of Tauranga to Metroport and return is working well.
  • Capacity at container depots in Auckland and Canterbury continues to be variable. Overall, it has not yet reached the chronic congestion of late 2022 & early 2023, but import volumes are flat by comparison.
  • The NZ/UK FTA came into force at 00:01AM on 31st May 2023. For New Zealand exporters, the FTA levels the playing field, with tariffs removed from almost all goods going to the UK from day one, including wine, honey, onions, and kiwifruit. This agreement will improve access for services, cut red tape, streamline customs and make it easier for professionals from both countries to live, work, and travel. We are awaiting NZ Customs tariff updates to confirm duty rates, if any, for imports.

Exports

  • Move count restrictions continue to affect Lyttelton and Tauranga, impacting on the Carriers ability to load export containers and provide empty containers.
  • Maersk are significantly short of export containers due to a drop in demand on import trade lanes.
  • The NZ/UK FTA came into force at 00:01 AM on 31st May 2023. For New Zealand exporters, the FTA levels the playing field, with tariffs removed from almost all goods going to the UK from day one, including wine, honey, onions, and kiwifruit. This agreement will improve access to services, cut red tape, streamline customs and make it easier for professionals from both countries to live, work, and travel. We are awaiting NZ Customs tariff updates to confirm duty rates, if any, for imports.

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia
    • Consols running to schedule. Texel Airlines will now have 2x 737 freighters based out of Auckland and may start scheduled services across the Tasman. Emirates is now offering 2x 777 freight services a week.
  • Asia
    • Capacity available from most Origins including China, even for larger 3000+ KG shipments.
  • USA
    • Consols are moving as booked. Rates from the East Coast are expected to drop in the coming weeks.
  • UK and EU
    • Consols from main Origins are all working well. Rates are starting to stabilize, and we expect full tariffs to be available from most Origins towards the second part of this year.
  • Import Cargo Terminals
    • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Consols are moving as booked, space for over height and over length taking a little longer to move.
  • Asia
    • Emirates has introduced a new weekly freighter service every Thursday to Hong Kong, adding to the current direct services from Air NZ and Cathay Pacific.
  • USA
    • Space is tight on United Airlines and Fiji Airways, but bookings are coming through for Air NZ and Air Tahiti Nui. New Qantas direct New York flight starts later this week with limited capacity.
  • UK and EU
    • Emirates has introduced a new weekly freighter service every Thursday to Hong Kong with onward connections to Europe. This will increase maindeck capacity and compete with Singapore Airlines. We expect to start seeing a reduction in maindeck rates in Asia and Europe.
  • Export Cargo Terminals
    • Terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • As volumes continue to drop out of Asia, coupled with weekly berthing windows effectively increasing capacity by 25-30%, Carriers continue to grapple with ways to increase their vessel utilization. At this point, it very much feels like a battle of rate levels, however, as we start to get to the bottom of the market (certainly back at pre-covid levels), blanking sailings is very much on the cards over the next few months. We are already seeing this to some degree, with some services not replacing vessels while rotating out for dry docking.
  • At this point, we are still planning to bring back fixed day cut-offs from North Asia in June and will be looking to replicate this in South-East Asia during Q3, however, this may be impacted by any plans by Shipping Lines to adjust their services.

Exports

  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.
  • 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 improving. The average is 0.5 day delay currently. There is only minor berth congestion in South-East Asia of around 0.5-1 day.

Australia

Imports

  • NPDL introduce new hazardous charges. Class 1 is USD5,250/20 & USD10,500/40′.
  • LCL ex SYD / MEL carriers are charging additional for over-length cargo. Please check with your Oceanbridge Representatives for pricing as normal charges will not apply.
  • Port of Brisbane – some terminals are very slow on releasing slots to the carriers. This may incur detention charges.
  • Multiple options Trans-Tasman Eastbound for your FCL containers. The Oceanbridge Team are always available to discuss all the pros and cons of each service.

Exports

  • Port delays across the country have been reduced and are now working with minimal delays of 0.5 day.
  • On the ANZ Shuttle service, the ANL Tasman Trader will call Auckland instead of Tauranga on an ongoing basis.
  • The KIX service will remove the Brisbane call from the end of April.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue ex Nelson and Lyttelton recently.

Europe

Imports

  • BMSB Season has ended. All departures ex Europe do not need any BMSB treatment or documentation. The season will start again on 1st September.
  • Blank sailings are affecting the regularity of services as they adjust to the lower volumes.
  • Equipment shortages in Turkey have returned.
  • 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 backlogs in transshipment ports.
  • Industrial and protest action in France and Germany is affecting some pick-ups.

Exports

  • Space and Carrier options are starting to open up for the UK and Europe.

North America

Imports

  • Increased efficiency with US ports following through to rail services.
    • New rotation allows for a more even port coverage in both Oceania and North America.
    • Weekly calls to and from Auckland, NZ.
    • Continuous weekly calls to and from Oakland and Long Beach, US.
  • The rotation will be as follow:

Seattle* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Tauranga – Papeete* – Surrey* – Oakland – Long Beach – Auckland – Sydney – Melbourne – Adelaide* – Tauranga – Seattle.

*Fortnightly

  • There is a new Export CFS in Los Angeles. The new address is:
    • ECU WORLDWIDE C/O EMPIRE CFS INC.
    • 19516 SOUTH SUSANA ROAD
    • COMPTON, CA 90221
  • We have been made aware of some labor disruption at some of the Terminals in Los Angeles & Oakland last week. This is being monitored to ensure minimal impact on import and export operations.

Exports

  • The increased efficiency with US Ports is flowing through to rail services. Rail to most inland US destinations is now a viable and reliable option.
  • The US East Coast space is freeing up.
  • The WSN (North American West Coast Service) is operating well. There remains a gap in the schedule with the next available vessel the CAP Jervis 321N, due to depart Tauranga on June 22nd. The subsequent vessel: the Cap Jackson, is currently under repair in Auckland. She is omitting Sydney to mitigate delay into Tauranga.
    • The rotation will be as follows:
      • Week 1 = Tauranga – Papeete – Vancouver – Oakland – Long Beach
      • Week 2 = Tauranga – Seattle – Oakland – Long Beach
    • Transit times from Tauranga are as follows:
      • Vancouver – 21 days
      • Seattle – 21 days
      • Oakland – 25 days
      • Long Beach – 30 days

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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