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Date: 18th July 2024

Australia | Asia | Trans-Tasman | Europe | North America

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New Zealand


  • Air New Zealand terminal is frequently having issues with releasing airline units. Other terminals are operating well.
  • Export terminals are operating as normal.


  • Due to reduced capacity OOCL, Cosco & MSC can no longer accept export bookings via Metroport. All cargo must load at Auckland.
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  • 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.
  • Currently 20’ containers are in short supply across multiple carriers for exports from Australia. Please speak with your Customer Services Representative for options.
  • Road works and road closures continue to affect deliveries in Melbourne and are anticipated to continue throughout June and July.
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  • Imports – Malaysian Airlines are having capacity issues ex Kuala Lumpur. Some shipments are being held for up to 6 days due to limited uplift on the Auckland Flights.
  • Exports – Capacity is available on most carriers, to most destinations.


  • Issues from South-East Asia have enhanced significantly since our last View From The Bridge. Congestion in transship ports of Singapore and Malaysia is now so bad, that shipping lines are reducing feeder capacity from Vietnam, Indonesia and Thailand in an attempt to mitigate the congestion. Also, as a result of this, most shipping lines have suspended allocations for July and there are very few that will take new bookings for the rest of July and early August. This also extends to the Subcontinent and Middle East however, as many shipping lines use 3rd party feeder services, it is harder to gauge the impact, though we expect it to be similar to what is happening elsewhere.
  • Roll pools with some shipping lines in Singapore and Malaysian transship ports are now exceeding 4 weeks in some cases. Whilst we do push for things to move as early as possible, with a number of blank sailings and port omissions on the services to New Zealand, often what can be done is limited.
  • Space availability from North Asia remains somewhat similar to our last edition, though the ability to move containers via SE Asia are now restricted (for reasons highlighted above), so we expect space on the direct services to New Zealand to remain in strong demand right through to the Lunar New Year holiday in late January 2025.
  • Congestion in transship ports is going to compound the empty container availability challenges we have been facing; with so many containers now sitting in congested transship ports as well as what is already tied up in the extra transit time required to go around the Cape of Good Hope. We see this getting far worse in July and August. With a large number of new build containers coming off the line in August (most shipping lines have large orders placed), we hope that this will ease some of the pressure. This congestion is affecting both inbound and outbound cargo.
  • Equipment availability has been an issue for export 40’s New Zealand wide recently and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season.
  • Space remains tight on some export 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.
  • Space and equipment demand continues to build for shipments from North Asia and now Southeast Asia to Australia’s East Coast. Bookings are more readily available on Australia’s West Coast.
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  • Imports – Consols are running as booked. Carriers are at capacity so additional space is harder to obtain for any larger ad-hoc shipments.
  • Exports – Consols are moving as booked with capacity available on most carriers.


  • Equipment availability has been an issue for export 40’s New Zealand wide recently and reefer equipment is also impacted by peak season, but no issues with space.
  • No issues with space either Eastbound or Westbound on the Tasman.
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  • Imports – Consols from Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Milan are all moving well. However, there have been a couple of delays in transit from London due to congestion at transhipment points.
  • Exports – Bookings to Europe have been accepter quicker than normal. However, this is likely to increase again now that Delta Airlines are suspending their service between August and September.


  • Attacks continue by Houthi rebels on vessels transiting the Red Sea via the Suez Canal. A significant attack on
    Monday looks to be the deadliest so far with 16 crew still missing following the sinking of the ‘Pristige Falcon’. Further details can be found in the link below, and delays of 2-3 weeks will continue (as will additional costs), as shipping lines re-route via the Cape of Good Hope.

  • There has been extreme weather around the Cape, of Good Hope, with some carriers reporting that containers
    have been lost overboard. Vessels may be late into SIN / TPP as they evade the weather.
  • Rates from Europe have increased in line with extra demand and longer routings absorbing capacity.
  • Congestion at transhipment port Singapore is causing delays in transit of 3+ weeks. This relates to both inbound and outbound cargo.
  • BMSB season will re-start on September 1st.
  • There are equipment shortages in Turkey.
  • 20’ reefers are in low supply across Europe.
  • Container shortages are happening particularly at depots that are further inland, eg Czech Republic, and Austria.
  • European Peak Season is in effect, where there is high demand for sailings and truckers in the last weeks of July before the holiday season starts.
  • General rate increases and peak season surcharges are being applied to services in Europe and The Middle East.
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North America


  • Imports – Some disruption to consols due to the 4th of July holiday and the bad weather across many parts of the US.
  • Exports – United Airlines have confirmed their rates are increasing over the period that Delta will not be operating. Hawaiian Airlines confirmed they will be returning to Auckland from Mid November until the end of April.


  • Panama Canal services for ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC – Continuing low lake levels in
    the Panama Canal are adversely affecting vessel deadweight capacity. Space is restricted and vessels are booked
    4-5 weeks in advance of departure.
  • Reminder – The ANP/OC1 service with Hapag Lloyd, Maersk and MSC no longer has a direct Charleston SC call. This has been replaced by Savannah GA. Transhipment options are now available for Charleston, SC.
  • Baltimore – All FCL services to Baltimore have resumed.
  • West Coast North America – There is a gap in the US West Coast schedule, after the CMA CGM Seattle 428N ETD Tauranga on August 8th the next vessel is the Mate 429N ETD Tauranga on August 22nd. Space is tightening on this service and is expected to worsen as Carriers move excess cargo for the US East Coast via US West Coast ports.
  • PIL, commencing 22nd July, will implement a Peak Season Surcharge of USD 325 / TEU.
  • Canada LCL Service:
    • Vancouver to Auckland , Fortnightly – 28 days
    • Vancouver to Lyttelton , Fortnightly – 38 days
    • Toronto/Montreal , via Vancouver

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