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.
  • Industrial disruption at the three main Australian ports is causing delays in the scheduled arrival time of import vessels into NZ. Port of Auckland is still affected by resourcing issues but is currently managing vessel operations satisfactorily.
  • 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.
  • Customs – Over the last few weeks we have seen an increase in Customs exams here in New Zealand. Some of these are causing several days delays in getting the cargo released. We continue to work with NZ Customs to get these released as soon as possible.
  • 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 to 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 inhouse 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.

Exports

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

Airfreight

Imports

Australia

  • Qantas terminals across Australia returning to normal operations.

Asia

  • Rates ex China are increasing as flights are at full capacity. China Eastern may have space ex Hangzhou on the direct flight twice a week.

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

  • Terminals are operating as normal.

Exports

Australia

  • China Eastern has started flying to Sydney twice per week to add capacity. Qantas terminals across Australia returning to normal operations.

Asia

  • China Eastern now have two direct flights to Hangzhou, other carriers have capacity.

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

  • Schedule disruption continues to be an issue for the North Asia services with the Rotterdam Bridge (ANZEX/CNS) having technical issues resulting in a reshuffle of the schedule (and likely having berthing repercussions in New Zealand in the weeks leading up to Christmas) and the J Star (NZJ/JKN) service operating 1 vessel short. South-East Asian services are performing relatively well at this time.
  • With sailings approaching that arrive during the holiday period, LCL bookings will become subject to inducement for the next 3 or 4 weeks. Please communicate if you have anything urgent as there are other potential routings we can offer to keep things moving if a container is unable to be opened from a particular origin.
  • Shipping Lines continue to push through GRI’s from North Asia, with the latest lot for mid-November likely to stick at this point. Beyond that, with arrivals over the holiday period, we expect general rates to level out with a “wait and see” approach as to whether to increase, decrease, or hold in the lead up to the Lunar New Year celebrations (9-15 February 2024).

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.
  • Berth congestion in North-East Asia is fluctuating. The average is 0.5-2-day delay currently. The berth congestion in South-East Asia is now around 0.5 day.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.

Australia

Imports

  • Equipment availability is stable from all ports in Australia.
  • Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) Pty Ltd.’s latest announcement: 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. DP World today has announced members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining, and Energy Union (CFMMEU) have, despite efforts to reach an understanding, outlined a further series of work bands and stoppages up to and including Monday 20th of November. Impacted locations and actions:
    • Brisbane – Bans on the performance of overtime, shift extensions, loading or unloading trucks, and more.
    • Sydney – Bans on the performance of upgrades on days and night shifts, ban on working nominated shipping lines, and more.
    • Melbourne – Bans on the performance of upgrades, shift extensions, and more.
    • Fremantle – Bans on the performance of overtimes, extensions, upgrades, and more.

Exports

  • 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.
  • The wharf strikes across Australia continue which include complete wharf closures and landside operational stoppages. Officials advise industrial action will be in place until November 13th. This is causing havoc on schedules, delays and port omissions and is also leading to container demurrage and detention being incurred in some cases.
  • Ports are now working with a minimal delay of 0-0.5 days.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently.
  • The ANZ shuttle service will now call Tauranga for both vessels. Auckland cargo will move on rail via Metroport. This will be effective from the ANL Tasman Trader v2328 ETD TRG 13/11.
  • ANL will be increasing their origin terminal handling charges from the 1st of December.

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.

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  *Fortnightly

  • Delays at LAX Railhead are affecting all containers that stop in LAX. Transit time from Chicago & Houston is normally 7 days, currently, it’s taking 3-4 days to get the containers off the train extending to approx. 11 days.
  • Due to increased driver wait times and ongoing congestion at Railhead, additional wait time charges may apply.
  • For LCL, please ensure that Suppliers delivering directly into depots present a booking number attached to the freight. With such enormous depots it’s important freight is easily identified and booked prior to delivery.
  • 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 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 expected for berth at Maher Terminals LLC and APM terminals. However, up to 5 days waiting time at Global Container Terminals Bayonne can be expected. The maintenance for Crane 6, originally scheduled to begin on October 1st, 2023, has been deferred until further notice to minimize congestion.
  • 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 is up to 5.5 days, depending on the size of the vessel.
  • 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 October.
  • 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 4.9 days.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions, and the current import rail dwell time is 7 days. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

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