NZ and USA ports update

Transhipment Port Delays in Singapore

NZ Port Congestion and Trucking Delays

Our NZ agent, Tri-Star, have provided us with the latest update on Auckland Port Issues as follows:

We would like to bring to your attention the ongoing challenges associated with capacity and congestion at Auckland port, that also impacts on container truckers operating in Auckland.

We must make you aware, several container transports companies have started applying congestion fees to all import/export container cartage, due to the significant delays they are experiencing. Across both Ports of Auckland and all empty container depots there is significantly more wait-time for these truckers, ranging from 30 minutes up to 4 hours for single pick-ups or deliveries. There is no consistency between shipping lines, location, or timing for these delays, however many truckers have already communicated the need to recover the associated costs immediately.

Truckers who have decided already to implement this surcharge will be reviewing this periodically, until waiting times have reduced consistently and we will continue to monitor this closely.

So far, we have received notification from truckers with varying congestion surcharges of up to $95.00 + GST per container, (20’ or 40’)at this time and the earliest of these will apply from 15th November 2021, dependent on trucker.

Unfortunately, we will need to pass this added cost on, relative to the trucker used to handle the delivery.


USA Port Situation and Booking Issues


USA ports continue to experience exceptional volume throughput on import and export containers, the situation is not improving as the Xmas rush continues to jam up ports, inland terminals and rail networks.

The volume of containers moving has also put a major strain on trucking resources right across the country with not only a shortage of drivers but also a huge shortage of chassis (trailers) and empty containers.

In another major blow to Oceania traffic, many shipping lines have started blocking all new bookings to Australia and New Zealand until further notice, Hapag-Lloyd and Hamburg-SUD lines being the latest lines involved.

They have now joined a large number of transhipment line services via Asia that have also blocked bookings to Oceania in recent weeks, with the likes of OOCL, COSCO, YML, Evergreen to name a few that are no longer accepting bookings to our area.

GPSM will keep all clients updated as soon as further information comes to hand.