New Zealand

Imports

  • After a recent volume lull due to externally influenced unreliable vessel scheduling delays, Ports of Auckland container interchange will be a busy end of week 19 plus week 20 with the Kota Lambang, Tianjin Bridge plus Louisa Schulte arriving in a matter of days. All 3 vessels have hefty export/import container exchange. Daytime VBS bookings will be in short supply so local carriers will be hubbing a good portion of containers plus being able to give an earlier delivery schedule to sites with nighttime access.
  • Container depots are faced with overcapacity with unpredictable lead times to be able to accept empty import containers. Frequently, acceptances are not in place due to congestion, further delaying dehire. Shipping Lines are not offering relief on detention incurred due to importers, their contracting carrier(s) being unavoidably delayed in being able to dehire. Whilst Auckland depots remain overcapacity & in order to address an empty equipment imbalance, CMA is offering to refund the Auckland Congestion Surcharge collected for Auckland discharged 40’ dry containers that are trucked to Tauranga for dehire.
  • The Synergy Keelung 203S is diverting around Auckland to Northport, current ETA is now 14th May 2022 with discharge expected to take 2 to 3 days.
  • MPI:

The BMSB season has now come to an end.

Consolation on the proposed changes to sea containers standard is now open.

Proposed changes to the Sea Containers from All Countries Import Health Standard

  • Customs:

Reminder on the sanctions for goods of Russian origin are in place with duty rates of 35 %.

Exports

  • Covid related illness continues to impact warehousing and container depots staffing levels. Please expect delays at container freight stations and container depots.
  • Container supply has become problematic as container depots staffing levels reduce many are struggling to repair and upgrade containers. Please provide advanced notice of your requirements for empty container deliveries.
  • Vessel delays and schedule changes continue to be an issue, we highly recommend that the receival window is confirmed at the time of arranging container transport (both empty in and full back to the port).

Airfreight

Imports

  • Australia – Carriers at absolute capacity from all origins. Consols are full and any additional bookings may have to move express.
  • Asia – Rates ex China remain stable as the lockdown has eased shipment numbers. Shanghai airport is open with a reduced schedule and a limited amount of trucks to deliver the consignments to the cargo terminals.
  • USA – Flights at capacity although Air NZ backlog is easing and they are accepting some additional bookings. Hawaiian Airlines to start services from July.
  • UK and EU – Cargo terminals at London Heathrow are still struggling to get shipments out on time but won’t accept cargo any early than 24 hours before the flight. Most airlines are now only accepting shipments at express rates to secure space.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.

Exports

  • Australia – Plenty of capacity to Sydney. There are still restrictions in to Brisbane and Perth. Melbourne is still at full capacity.
  • Asia – Capacity on all carriers (Malaysian, Korean, Singapore, Air NZ, Cathay) across Asia with most carriers providing immediate bookings. Shanghai airport is back open with a reduced schedule.
  • USA – Hawaiian Airlines to start services from July. Currently all other airlines at full capacity with bookings taking up to a week to move.
  • UK and EU – Capacity is almost full as aid is being sent to Europe on the main carriers from NZ (Emirates, Qatar). Bookings are taking around a week to come through.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.

Shanghai

Imports

  • The ongoing restrictions in Shanghai remain the most confronting issue at this point. Whilst we have seen some easing of restrictions, in particular suburbs/districts, movement outside of these districts is still restricted meaning many factories and manufacturing sites remain unable to operate. While the terminals and freight stations continue to operate, we are seeing several flow-on effects from the restrictions:
    • Non-Operating Reefer (NOR) availability is becoming problematic at most major Chinese ports due to the number of reefer containers that are stuck in Shanghai causing challenges for lines that are desperate to reposition reefer equipment in New Zealand.
    • CMA/ANL were due to take delivery of 20,000 new containers and 10,000 lease containers from manufacturers in Shanghai, however, these have now been delayed, piling more pressure on equipment supplies across the globe.
    • While the ports are operational, there is significant congestion and delays, adding more schedule integrity issues for services calling Shanghai.
    • Depending on how restrictions are eventually eased, the inevitable “boom” on the back of the lockdown will likely cause further delays and space issues.

Exports

  • For exports into Shanghai, our agent has advised that many sea services are still on hold due to the lockdown restrictions. The port terminal is operating, however, trucking is an issue due to drivers requiring a negative test to enter the port area. We highly recommend that if you have cargo (either FCL or LCL) in transit to Shanghai at this point, you make contact with your customer to confirm when they will be open again to receive this and advise your Export Customer Services Representative if there are any issues or restrictions which may affect your booking (i.e. closures, restricted hours, or alternative delivery addresses), so that they can assist where possible.

Rest of Asia

Imports

  • Singapore and Port Klang remain under pressure despite various lines implementing targeted stop bookings from certain markets in an attempt to ease this. As a result, we are seeing feeder services from South East Asian ports delayed, which compounds the space and equipment flow issues.
  • Receivals for LCL continue to be adjusted around the constantly changing, we encourage all consignees to make their suppliers aware of this issue. It is often not an option to receive cargo early due to space constraints within warehouses and an inability to get hold of containers too early, as free time is limited on any containers uplifted.

Exports

  • Space and equipment availability is plaguing this market, notably with a shortage of reefer equipment across all shipping lines.
  • Advanced bookings are a challenge with more lines imposing cancellation fees, schedule changes, and reduced booking windows, however, we recommend discussing options with your Customer Services representative as to how to best handle your booking(s).
  • MSC & OOCL are the only Carriers currently accepting cargo to the Middle East

Australia

Imports

  • Brisbane FCL space is limited. Book well in advance. Vessel delays and port omissions are forcing bookings to be rolled.
  • ANL introducing new service ex Brisbane to Tauranga/Metroport. Schedule to be announced.
  • 20’ are becoming frequently available from Australia to New Zealand.
  • 40’ Non-Operating Reefer Equipment available ex Sydney and Melbourne.
  • The exporting of Dangerous Goods LCL/FAK is becoming a challenge on ANL TTZ service book well in advance with Hazardous details.
  • Tappers unpack turnaround time for Trans-Tasman LCL/FAK has made a huge improvement 1-3 days.
  • Adelaide direct LCL FAK service available weekly to NZ.

Exports

  • Space availability fluctuates depending on the destination and shipping line so 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 before delivery. The short weeks have impacted this and we are now also seeing long waits for Biosecurity inspections to be completed.

Europe

Imports

  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not directly affected services to New Zealand, however, many European suppliers potentially have raw materials that come from these countries so it would be worth checking in with them to make sure that they can produce your orders OK.
  • The Hamburg Sud/Maersk Spot pricing announcement has effectively taken a chunk of capacity out of the market from Europe to New Zealand. Unfortunately, the extra demand on the remaining carriers (CMA, MSC) has pushed rates higher. They also have much slower transits.
  • CMA has stopped taking bookings via Asia due to disruption and backlogs caused by the Shanghai lockdown.
  • It is peak season and space is very tight across all lines, 4-to 5 weeks to get bookings on in most cases, sometimes more. Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and Scandinavian ports are experiencing space and equipment shortages. Others are raising rates considerably in response to demand. Please allow 4-5 weeks to secure bookings. Many are also reverting to the standard 7 days of free detention time with no exceptions.
  • Shipping lines are announcing a large number of blank sailings from Asia to UK/Europe due to the reduction in export demand. The services to New Zealand depend on these vessels and the backhaul leg from UK/Europe to Asia. This will keep up pressure on space and rates on the remaining vessels that still sail.
  • Trucker shortages are growing with the rise in Covid cases sending many homes at short notice with illness to isolate. Replacement drivers are hard to find. This is particularly bad in the UK where road freight rates have hit record highs.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season has now ended.

Exports

  • Transport into the UK remains heavily booked and congested. Most UK ports are fully operation after recent storms however there is a backlog to clear and this may impact on upcoming deliveries.
  • There has been significant improvement with transport on The Continent, however, the current conflict with Russia and the Ukraine will impact negatively on the supply chain. We expect delays and congestion as cargo transiting the EU into Russian arrives and is subsequently held/returned to its origin.

North America

Imports

  • The weekly Long Beach – Auckland service is still only alternate sailings every 4-6 weeks. This is a lot of space to take out of the market and the remaining vessels are overloaded, especially from Seattle which is also being omitted on a fortnightly basis. Please book ahead as far as possible for this service. It can take up to 21 days just to get a booking in place. These ports, along with Long Beach, Oakland, and Vancouver are under unprecedented strain on NZ.
  • The gaps between sailings are now regularly going over 21 days so LCL that has been delivered will incur storage if it goes over 21 days in the CFS. At the stage, there is just one sailing in May from Long Beach.
  • Trucker shortages are an issue – congestion has hit driver’s wages with fewer jobs able to be completed in a day and forced some drivers out of the market to other employment opportunities. Truckers are also canceling jobs at short notice due to health/Covid reasons. Replacement drivers often can’t be found at short notice or are charging penalty rates. These extra costs are now just a part of getting containers out of the USA and we must incur them to keep your cargo moving.
  • There are still long queues of vessels awaiting berths on US West Coast ports and many are now pushed out to sea to reduce emissions near the coastlines. This is close to zero in normal times. These delays have caused a large build-up of full containers from the mid-west that have arrived by rail at Long Beach ports. In response, the rail service from Chicago has a backlog of 30,000 containers to clear. This will disrupt any FCL’s from the Chicago area.
  • Services from the East Coast are still calling NZ weekly and rail to Metroport. A lot of cargo has moved over to these ports so space is tight. Connections thru to Metroport are running slow, 5-10 days to get up.
  • Rail in the USA for 20’ containers is still an issue – the networks are built to carry 40’ boxes and 20’ers can be delayed while they wait for another 20’er to fill the wagon. Where possible, place orders that will fill a 40’ container.
  • CFS’s are operating as normal to load LCL.
  • BMSB Season has now ended.

Exports

  • The VSA service to the West Coast is shambolic, vessel wait times for berths at arrival ports has reduced slightly however delays remain significant. Due to vessel bunching port calls are being switched with limited notice, we understand there will be more changes to the current schedule shortly.
  • Containers are being block stacked on arrival in Vancouver and not being made available for collection for 2-3 weeks. Oakland is also now experiencing port congestion with similar delays in containers being made available for collection.
  • The East Coast services are tending to be more reliable on their schedule although there has been recent disruption due to crew contracting Covid on the way southbound to New Zealand/Australia. This has settled for the time being.
  • All services are heavily booked to late June.

South America

Many lines are not taking bookings to NZ while they clear backlogs that have built up due to vessel / service withdrawals.

South Africa

  • Floods in Durban have affected some services. There are severe container shortages. Lines have introduced Equipment Imbalance Surcharges and there is a wait of several weeks on bookings.

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