Specialist International Freight Forwarders

Service disruptions Update 21 May 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

A word from our GM…

Good afternoon All,

First of all, happy Friday to everyone, today is Friday May 21st and I cant believe that we are nearly half way through the year already. And what a tumultuous year we have had in shipping and logistics.
I know that a lot of you will be aware of the current situation, but I wanted to keep everyone updated as much as we can …


The Suez Canal – Ever Given unstuck!

Monday, March 29, 2021

On the 22nd March a vessel, the Ever Given, operated by Evergreen Marine was knocked off course by strong winds and a sand storm. and blocked the Suez Canal in both directions. Attempts to free the vessel had been unsuccessful until almost a week later when, early Monday morning local time, a combined effort of tugboats and intensive dredging freed the stern from the western side of the canal, …


Sea Freight – delays part 3

Thursday, December 3, 2020

The situation at the port of Auckland (POAL) has continued to deteriorate. Most vessels are now waiting over 10 days in the Auckland harbour in anchorage before getting a berth.
These severe delays, combined with transhipment delays have meant that goods that were expected to arrive long before Christmas are now arriving without sufficient time to deliver before Christmas. For those clients who are planning to close during the Christmas …


Sea freight – Delays part 2…

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

As space and port congestion problems continue, here are some insights from CBAFF about the issues:

CBAFF latest media release: Freight forwarders warn of critical shortage of shipping capacity
New Zealand’s freight forwarders are urging retailers and other importers to get sea freight space booked as early as possible – in the face of a severe shortage of shipping capacity.

Rosemarie Dawson, Chief Executive Officer of the Customs Brokers and Freight …


November GRIs and surcharges…

Monday, October 19, 2020

November brings with it another round of import GRI’s from the lines, effective from 1-Nov, the lanes and levels will be:

Asia to NZ
OOCL 300 USD / 20′ and 600 USD / 40′ effective 1st Nov

Also, there will be peak season surcharges as follows:

NZ to Europe

Sea freight – Delays, space and other predicaments…

Thursday, October 15, 2020

This year has certainly presented some challenges for us all.

The following is a sea freight shipping update, we hope it offers some insights into the current situaton.

With a worldwide reduction of airfreight capacity, consignees and shippers are using sea freight services more than before.

This year has seen and is still seeing an unprecedented peak season, with space out of China, Europe and Asia very difficult to get, often waiting …


Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season 20 / 21

Friday, August 7, 2020

As you may be aware, the BMSB season for 2020-21 is due to be effective for goods shipped on or after 1 September 2020, that arrive in New Zealand territory by 30 April 2021 (inclusive).

At this stage MPI have not officially communicated any changes to the 2019-20 regulations, however we do anticipate an update from them in the next two weeks. In the interim, below please find a refresher of …


Port of Beruit

Friday, August 7, 2020

Following the tragic incident at the port of Beirut, all operations in the Beirut Container terminal in Lebanon are suspended.

Carriers are establishing business contingency arrangements for cargo due to be loaded/ discharged in Beirut until normal operations resume. These will include alternate port calls (such as Gioia Tauro, Tekirdag, Mersin, Piraeus).

Status of vessels still on water:
• Ms MSC Pegasus Voyage no. NL030A is docked in in Giao Tauro …


Covid-19 and beyond…

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

These are unprecedented times for both our country and the freight industry and our partnerships matter more than ever as we move forward into unchartered territory. Thanks to our customers for their support over this difficult time, our agents for their efforts and our service providers, we are in this together more than ever.

UPDATE 13-Aug-20: While Auckland remains at level 3 lockdown, all deliveries will proceed as normal with the …