New Zealand

Imports

  • The knock-on effect of the main trunk rail link ‘block of line’ outage from 20 October to 25 October without temporary road bridging has been an extended delay in the average transit time for containers to move from Tauranga to Metroport inland port in Auckland. Planned priority requests via Port Connect were suspended until 7th November as the volume of containers are block stacked after discharge in Tauranga. Container movements to Metroport are being prioritised in a roughly oldest-first order.
  • Ports of Auckland and, to a lesser extent, Port of Tauranga are experiencing a bunching of vessel arrivals meaning vessels can sit at anchorage waiting for a berth for a number of days. The ongoing resourcing issues driven by a lack of skilled labour are and will continue to be a major factor hindering the Port’s ability to cope with the fluctuating volume.
  • Overcapacity container depots in the main centres continue to have a negative impact on making empty containers available for export use & the ability for trucking companies to be able to dehire empty import containers. Often carriers have little option other than hub empty containers 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.
  • Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD)
    • A risk analysis found that due to long transit times, inspections of containers from Indonesia for risk related to FMD was deemed unnecessary. However, BCS will maintain a random verification on Indonesian containers based on our risk profiles. This became effective 20 October 2022.
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)
    • The BMSB season has commenced. Please note, additional BMSB verifications have taken effect on 20 October 2022. Importers/agents can expect containers maybe sent for additional verification due to the BMSB threat.

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.
  • The Pacifica service has been disrupted due to congestion at Tauranga and forecast bad weather, port calls for Tauranga (9-Nov) and Nelson (14-Nov) will be omitted from Moana Chief V4446/4447.
  • Hapag Lloyd, ANL, & CMA CGM & 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.
    • A regular Brisbane consol will be starting again shortly.
  • Asia
    • Capacity is available from most origins
    • Air Asia has started operations adding to the already increased number of flights from November.
  • USA
    • All consols moving as booked.
    • Lots of capacity from the US West Coast to Auckland.
  • UK and EU
    • Allocations generally moving 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 working well, as staffing levels start to return to normal.

Exports

  • Australia
    • Capacity to all main destinations remains good with consols moving as booked.
  • Asia
    • Air Asia has started operation 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
    • Shipments moving as booked with capacity options via both the Middle East, USA, and Asia.
  • Trucking and warehousing at the airport are working well, as staffing levels start to return to normal.

Asia

Imports

  • Carrier capacity has really opened up from the Asia region of late, with carriers more willing to engage in dialogue with us and adjust their rates to a dropping market.
  • Spot rates continue to appear on various online platforms at discounted freight rates, we continue to monitor these closely, however, it may pay to have a discussion with your Oceanbridge representative to see if these spot rates can apply to your specific order.
  • Delays in transshipment ports, such as Singapore, do exist and, depending on the carrier, could be as much as 4-6 weeks. Please keep this in mind when factoring in order scheduling and ask your Oceanbridge representative which carriers are routed through specific transship hubs.
  • Vessels are needing to stay at anchorage for longer periods as they are unable to dock at Auckland Port and as a result schedule integrity is suffering.

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.

Australia

Imports

  • Space is slowly opening up again across the ditch which is a relief.
  • Oceanbridge offers a weekly LCL direct service to Lyttleton from Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane.
  • Space is opening up ex Brisbane, with ad hoc sailings to Auckland in December avoiding the Port of Tauranga until congestion subsides.
  • 20’ equipment is available when booked well in advance.
  • FCL ex Fremantle via Singapore is an option due to the lack of sailings. Please check with your Oceanbridge Representative for more information.
  • Marfret schedule delays are minimal.
  • Due to congestion, the vessel schedule for ANL & Maersk ex Sydney is severely disrupted. Vessels are coming forward or omitting ports altogether.

Exports

  • Port delays remain the same – the current average waiting time in Sydney is 3-4 days, in Melbourne is 2-3 days and in Brisbane is 2-3 days.
  • There has been a change to the ANZ Shuttle service second vessel – this will now be the Feeder Ace. This will phase in early November and will call Brisbane, Sydney, and Tauranga. The other vessel on this service will change to be the Contship Win from late November – 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.
  • Please note, due to the Omicron variant, Australia is experiencing severe staff and labour shortages. Transport bookings are now requiring 4 days notice prior to delivery. We are now also seeing long waits for Biosecurity inspections to be completed.
  • The depots in Australia are also seeing staff and labour shortages. This affects the timeliness with which our FAK containers are being unpacked and cargo being made available for collection/delivery.

Europe

Imports

  • Port strikes in Antwerp have been called for November 9th. One day only at this stage but could be more.
  • Blank sailings and port omissions are affecting schedule integrity, particularly from the UK.
  • Liverpool port has gone on strike for the 4th time, Nov 14th–21st. Felixstowe could do the same before Christmas.
  • 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 now open for bookings from most ports, but Cosco, ONE, and OOCL have only limited bookings to NZ due to backlogs in transshipment ports. Short-term / SPOT rates have softened on most carriers.
  • MSC continues to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos which are prioritised.
  • CMA has delays of 4-5 weeks in Malaysia.
  • CFS are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season is in place from September 1st and will remain in place until April 30th 2023. The procedures are the same as last year.

Exports

  • There are strikes in Antwerp planned for November 9th, various industries are striking including port workers. Consequently, terminals and warehouses (CFS’s) will be closed, and transportation delayed.
  • Hamburg is severely disrupted by the current congestion levels across Europe and the port itself is subject to congestion on port, long vessel berth waiting times, resulting in significant delays. This has been caused by a magnitude of factors, including labour shortages due to strike action and holiday season, high dwell on import cargo, demand surges into North Europe ports and inland terminal bottlenecks. The situation is expected to continue through November.

North America

Imports

  • Long Beach terminal average wait time has dropped to single figures, and today only 6 vessels are at anchor.
  • The combined number of import containers to Long Beach is down by 14% and should free up space at terminals.
  • Import containers being shipped via rail are moving out too slowly and will have a flow-on effect with terminal congestion at Long Beach.
  • American freight via railroads is incredibly chaotic right now as union members still negotiating a settlement. Class I railroads, labour unions, and President Joe Biden are still working to avoid a nationwide strike.
  • There are still delays via rail from the mid-west into Long Beach. The best option is to use the East Coast ports for FAK/ FCL containers.
  • Oakland vessel waiting time is currently 15 days.
  • New York / New Jersey vessel current wait time is 1-3 days and export delivery dates are still volatile at the terminals.
  • Still, the 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.
  • Trucking is starting to free up on the West Coast as import volumes reduce.
  • 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

  • The VSA service to the West Coast has a 10th vessel added to increase the capacity and consistency of the service. The CAP Jackson joins with service on the service southbound this week and is due through Tauranga northbound in early January.
  • Industrial action threatens US rail networks. Concerns over paid sick leave have put the prospect of a freight rail shutdown back on the table, just weeks after the Biden administration helped broker an agreement between railroads and unions to avert a strike or lockout. Two unions so far have voted down their tentative agreements, calling for additional paid days of sick leave. Labor actions could occur as soon as November 19th. Negotiations continue.
  • Container yards are over capacity, particularly in California, often not accepting empty returns resulting in storage and additional transport costs. There are few if any chassis available at some inland rail ramps resulting in containers being stuck on rail, Kansas City is one of the worst affected.
  • 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. Maersk has ceased transhipping to most US port via Panama, most continue to be offered via Asia with transit times exceeding 80 days.

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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