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Date: 9th May 2024

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New Zealand

  • The lead time of several days for bookings to be made available at Auckland’s largest container depot is having a negative impact on export and import FCL turn times.
  • The announcement this week from the Auckland City Council for Port of Auckland to maintain the operating status quo with increased returns back to the Council is not linked to any undertaking for increased volume or productivity, so inevitably it will lead to increased costs for all port users.
  • 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 60 days in the order of 5-6%.

Australia

  • Road closures/roadworks in Melbourne will affect the delivery schedule during April and May 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 terminals 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.
  • BMSB Season – On May 1st 2024, the 2023-24 BMSB risk season ended. Goods shipped on board or vessels departing from BMSB-identified target risk countries on or after May 1st will no longer be subject to the BMSB seasonal measures, including Seasonal Pest Inspection (SPI) on arrival.
  • 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.

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.

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.

Asia

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

USA

  • Reduced capacity is having a large effect on exports, with bookings taking two to three weeks to be approved.

UK and EU

  • Much like the US, bookings to Europe are taking up to three weeks to be approved, either via the US, or Middle East.

Export Cargo Terminals

  • Export terminals are operating as normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Space from North Asia remains extremely constrained with ANL and Maersk rolling bookings 2-3 sailings on direct services, and ONE, COSCO, and OOCL managing allocations very closely. Adding into this pressure is ongoing blank sailings on the Maersk/COSCO/ONE direct service which is applying further pressure across the board. Most carriers are expiring allocations 14 days prior to sailings, so it is best to notify us of orders as early as possible.
  • Empty container availability will continue to plague most markets whilst the issue in the Red Sea remains. This is highly volatile and very hard to predict the equipment type, location, and shipping line that will be impacted. However, we are most commonly seeing issues with 40’HC equipment from North Asia, and 20’GP equipment from South-East Asia.
  • Rate Restoration (GRI) notices continue to flood in and seem to be applied at the proposed quantum in most cases. We expect to see another run of these for 1st June, with the Mid-May lot hovering around the USD 150-200 per TEU mark.

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

  • As mentioned above, also specific to the Trans-Tasman trade are the road closures/roadworks in Melbourne, which will affect the delivery schedule during April and May 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.

Exports

  • ANL will be reinstating a fortnightly Auckland direct call on the ANZ Shuttle service to Brisbane from mid-May onwards.
  • Road closures/road works in Melbourne will affect deliveries for April.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for 40′ containers country wide recently, and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • 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) – Sea – increasing from $63 to $66 per FID.

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. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.
  • 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. Online sailing schedules are now reflecting correct transit times.

North America

Imports

  • Panama Canal services from the East Coast – 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.
  • Potential Canada Rail Strike – As per yesterday’s broadcast, approximately 9300 Rail workers at Canadian National and Canadian Pacific Kansas City have voted for strike action as soon as 22nd May 2024. Please be advised if the strike goes ahead, all rail lines across Canada will cease operations. There will be severe disruption to the supply chain for all freight moving via rail FCL/LCL. We are working on a plan to combat this potential disruption. For further assistance, clarification, and alternative options, please contact your dedicated Oceanbridge Representative.

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.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore are suspended until further notice.
  • West Coast North America – Berthing delays at Oakland have reduced to 4 days from 7. There is a gap in the US West Coast schedule, after the Seaspan Rio de Janeiro 422N ETD Tauranga June 27, the next vessel is the CAP Jervis 424N ETD Tauranga July 11th. Space is tightening on this service and 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 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 – Waiting time for vessel berthing is 2 days at Wando Welch Terminal.
  • Savannah – Waiting time for vessel berth at the terminal has increased to 2.5 days.
  • Houston – Vessels waiting time has reduced to 1 day from 3 days.
  • Oakland – Vessel waiting time has reduced to 4 days at Oakland Int’l Container Terminal (OICT). Average delivery time remains at 5.4 days.
  • Seattle – Vessel waiting time for a berth at Seattle is 2 days.
  • Los Angeles – There are no delays with berthing at Los Angeles currently. Dwell times for local import cargo has increased slightly to 2.9 days. On-dock rail dwell has reduced, down to 3.9 days.
  • Vancouver – Congestion in Vancouver has eased and railways have increased the supply of rail cars.
  • Halifax – Vessels are arriving in Halifax with slight delays due to weather conditions. Rail wagon supply remains stable.

South America

  • No waiting time for FCL bookings.

South Africa

  • Capetown – The weather is causing delays and putting pressure on the Port.

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