Notice to Clients: Shipping Updates // 21-JUNE-21

To Our Valued Customers,

The Auckland supply chain continues to provide significant challenges for the import & export community.

Ports of Auckland

On Thursday morning there was a software issue within the automated operation of Ports of Auckland container terminal.  This has resulted in a full closure of the automated yard until the issue is fully investigated and resolved.  At this point the port has reverted to manual operations which will result in reduced productivity until such time as the automation project is resumed. Trucking companies have reported the average waiting time on Friday 18th June to be 131 minutes. In addition, Ports of Auckland Link empty de-hire yard has now been closed for any receivals of empty containers due to being over capacity.

Metroport (Auckland inland Port)

There has been an increase in the lead time for containers being railed from Tauranga to Metroport with current lead time being up to 10 days, however we are still seeing some containers moving with 4 days. The average turn at Metroport time for a truck this week has been 45 minutes

Empty Container Depots

Container yard performance has been sub-optimal this past week, and this is increasing pressure on the whole supply chain again, as well as yard closures carriers have been experiencing long waiting times along with a reduction of booking slots available at some of the yards. Below is a summary of waiting times by depot for the past week;

Today ANL have advised that they have run out of room at their Empty Depots in Auckland – as of Monday 21st June ANL will only allow the de hire of Reefer and Special Equipment in the Auckland area, with Dry containers to be de hired in either of the following locations;

  • Hamilton
  • North Port
  • Tauranga.

ANL are offering a minimal contribution of USD 200 per 20ft FCL & USD 400 per 40ft FCL for de hire moves that are made to the above locations – GDF NZ will be working closely with our Trucking providers to re-use empty containers where possible as a means of controlling costs, however the prospect of increased de hire costs is now a reality.

Export Airfreight Subsidy to fall away

We have received advice from Air NZ that all rates ex New Zealand to USA will be increasing effective 01/06/21.

Air NZ advise this is due to their costs increasing as well as the MOT MIAC Government subsidy per flight being reduced.

For your reference please find below articles and links of Shipping news with the latest information and delay notices.

For more news regarding to Shipping, please see the  Shipping Gazette 19 June 2021

Many Thanks & Kind Regards,

We will manage your shipment taking personal care, with your interests at heart.


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