Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Shipping Update From Our International Freight Company – February 2021:
Worldwide container imbalance has quickly become a major impediment to container movements in New Zealand. Container depots are frequently exceeding their maximum capacity resulting in either shutting out, restricting, or deferring bookings.
Port congestion continues to be an issue with container vessels either sitting at anchorage in the Hauraki Gulf waiting for a berth, or increasingly, opting to declare FORCE MAJEURE and diverting Auckland bound containers to be discharged at either Tauranga or North Port.
To add to this, shipping lines have increased their container rates by 400 – 500% on what they were two months ago, as well as introducing “congestion surcharges” with no sign of this trend abating.
Industrial action at Australian Terminals has commenced again from 13th January, this will cause further disruption, will have an impact on equipment shortages, and with space still very tight some shipping lines are not accepting bookings from Australia to New Zealand
Domestic feeder services moving containers from Southern China to Yantian Container Port for will also be suspended from January right through to the end of February, due to backlogs of export containers still waiting at the port for vessel bookings
The USA West Coast – NZ Trade Lane is now under unprecedented strain, delays of up to 12 – 14 days for a berth in Los Angeles, currently there are 39 container vessels anchored off Port of Los Angeles.
On top of that, with projected delays of at least ten days in Auckland, shipping lines are omitting Auckland on every second voyage. This means we are down to ONE sailing every TWO weeks with a combined 20 day delay between Los Angeles and Auckland