Specialist International Freight Forwarders

California ports backlog

Friday, November 12, 2021

Week 45 saw a record 111 container vessels at anchor, prior to the Covid Pandemic the record had been 17 ships waiting to berth. The previous record of 108 vessels was reported on 21st October this year. A fine system will be implemented on the 15-Nov to try and alleviate the congested ports, shipping lines will be fined 100 USD per container per day for every container …


New service China – NZ trade – TS Line

Monday, September 27, 2021

From late September TS Lines will be bringing much needed capacity to the China – NZ trade with their first voyage departing Qingdao on the 27th September, details follow:
The service will be to Tauranga and Auckland (Auckland by rail from Tauranga) for imports only
Vessel capacity approximately 1700 TEU
Routing: Qingdao – Shanghai – Ningbo – Nansha – Shekou – Tauranga
The service will be fortnightly until November when …


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 …

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