New Zealand

Imports

  • The pump price of diesel has increased significantly over the past 6 weeks spurring a jump in providers fuel surcharges to currently over 30%. Regrettably our local trucking fuel surcharge for July will increase in line with the additional cost to 30.3%.
  • Opening of the borders has meant a number of MPI Officers previously tasked with processing import clearances are required for front line processing at airports. This will affect the lead time for processing of import clearances.
  • A combination of covid isolation requirements coupled with a high number incidence of winter flu is continuing to impact staff resourcing across supply chain providers.
  • Container depots are still challenged with unpredictable lead times to be able to accept empty import containers. Frequently, acceptances are not in place 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.
  • Auckland Port Congestion surcharges are progressively being withdrawn by most of the Shipping Lines as the time to load and unload vessels from the date of arrival has improved. The container network congestion incurred for trucking is still in place due to the ongoing constraints in receival & delivery, however our congestion surcharge at destination for LCL shipments will substantially reduce as of 01 July.

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.
  • 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 are increasing capacity from some origins so bookings outside of consol are getting easier, however, maindeck shipments are still having to move at express rates and bookings are only confirmed the day before departure.
  • Asia – Remains mostly at full capacity however we are managing to get reasonable transit times from most origins including the sub-continent, even for larger ocean to air conversions.
  • USA – Hawaiian Airlines start in two weeks and are already taking bookings from the East Coast. Air NZ looking at options from the mainland to connect on their Honolulu service that is starting shortly.
  • UK and EU – Some additional capacity has become available via the USA as carriers look at options now that restrictions have eased, rates do remain high particularly for maindeck shipments as there are such limited services.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.

Exports

  • Australia – Capacity has eased as more flights are added across the Tasman to all destinations. Bookings outside of normal allocations have been much easier to secure than in the past three months.
  • Asia – Air NZ are still at capacity to China. Other airlines have space to China and the greater Asian region.
  • USA – More capacity coming in to the market with Air NZ starting services to Honolulu to connect with other airlines to mainland USA. Hawaiian airlines start in two weeks.
  • UK and EU – Capacity is currently the best to the EU it has been for some time with carriers confirming bookings with transit times of around three days, this is not likely to last once China fully comes back on line.
  • Cargo terminals, trucking, and warehousing across the supply chain at the airport is returning to normal as covid restrictions are eased.

Asia

Imports

  • With the huge amount of pent-up demand both from factories resuming work and their urgent need for exporting products overseas after the delay, Shanghai port continues to take steps back to normality.
  • Despite a slight setback last week with 13 of the city’s 16 districts re-imposing brief lockdown restrictions, congestion levels and average waiting times are now back within normal levels.
  • There are signs the equipment stocks in Shanghai are improving as an increasing number of vessels start to call Shanghai again which helps promote the general balance between inflow and outflows.
  • Our Shanghai partners have adopted more flexible working arrangements (along with other shanghai-based businesses), however, they remain fully operational and committed to assisting with your supply chain solutions.
  • Carrier blank sailings and schedule irregularities servicing Shanghai continue to cause fluctuations in available vessel space, which in turn is keeping a tight hold on North Asia generally.
  • The knock-on effect has seen examples of missed connections in transshipment ports such as Hong Kong and extended transit times across the board.
  • The main challenges remain poor and inconsistent equipment availability along with poor feeder service coverage, especially from Thailand.
  • Space availability from South East Asia however, is currently good with the potential to improve further. There is a strong desire from carriers to import freight from this region and are offering improved customer service support to help facilitate this. Please let your Oceanbridge representative know if you have cargo from this region as there is expected to be ample opportunity.

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

  • Good news… Oceanbridge Brisbane moved into their new office in Murarrie.
  • Marfret are not currently taking bookings from Australia into NZ.
  • ANL- TTZ schedule is delayed due to Port Congestion in Tauranga.
  • ANL Brisbane announcement soon on Brisbane-Noumea–Tauranga service which will commence early August.
  • 20 containers are becoming very hard to access from all Ports.
  • Shipping lines reluctant to release containers prior to 5 days before close off.
  • ANL TTZ direct Wellington call will stop soon.
  • Hazardous LCL has opened up bookings are being accepted.
  • MSC are currently not accepting FCL bookings Australia to NZ.
  • Due to Vessels being at full capacity from Asia TSL have put TTEB bookings on hold.
  • Container shortages are becoming worse, typically only able to obtain release details 5 days prior to ETD.

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 prior to delivery. We are now also seeing long waits for Biosecurity inspections to be completed.
  • The depots are also seeing staff and labour shortages. This is affecting the timeliness with which our FAK containers are being unpacked and cargo being made available for collection/delivery.

Europe

Imports

  • Port Strikes in Hamburg and Antwerp have led to further build ups in Rotterdam. We are seeing regular rolling of containers at all 3 ports as they work to clear the back log.
  • UK passenger rail / tube strikes this week will affect many businesses as staff struggle to get to work.
  • Space is very tight across all lines, 4-5 weeks to get bookings on in most cases, sometimes more. Turkey, Greece, Italy, Spain, Bulgaria, 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. Maersk, CMA, and MSC are loading OK (with the waiting times mentioned) but Cosco, ONE, OOCL, PIL, and Hapag have all stopped taking bookings to NZ due to back logs in transhipment ports.
  • MSC continue to have large delays in Singapore, with exception of Refrigerated and DG cargos that are prioritised.
  • The Russian invasion of Ukraine has not directly affected services to NZ, 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.
  • 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.
  • The increase in fuel surcharges has levelled out for the moment.

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 pressure to NZ.
  • Vessels awaiting berths on US West Coast ports has reduced to 25 vessels waiting last week at Long Beach. Delays still with rail into Long Beach from the Mid–West. The best option is to use the East Coast ports for these FCL containers originating in Chicago.
  • As of June 18th, ECU Worldwide no longer apply LCL Export storage for USA export as a result of ocean carrier delays, or space constraints.
  • From the 1st July, the current USA LCL export congestion fee will increase from current level with the following,
    • USD 10w/m increase from NYC/CHI/ATLCHS/HOU Export consol points to all destinations Oceanic
    • USD 15 w/m increase from all US West Coast origins for destinations in Oceanic.
    • USD 10 w/m increase from Canada origins for destinations in Oceanic.
  • BAF will increase for both USA and Canada to USD 21 w/m from 1st July.
  • Trucker shortages are an issue – congestion has hit drivers 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 cancelling 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Trucking containers are the preferred option to give control for the containers making required sailing.
  • 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 continue to be more reliably running to schedule, but space remains tight.
  • All services are heavily booked to until August.

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

  • Equipment shortage. There is a wait of several weeks on bookings.

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