USA/Canada – market update

USA / Canada

  • The once weekly Long Beach (West Coast) to Auckland service is now alternate sailings every 2-3 weeks. This will likely be in place for the remainder of the year. Come August this is expected to settle into a regular pattern – but only at fortnightly intervals as berths are re-instated at Ports of Auckland. Unfortunately, there is no alternative service (that does not involve long transits via Asia). It needs to be acknowledged that this has resulted in A LOT of space being taken out of the market thus the remaining vessels will be heavily booked out – especially from Oakland, Seattle and Vancouver. You need to get your orders in as early as possible.
  • All our USA / Canada partners / Agents are operating as normal (home and office).
  • All container yards (LCL services) are operating as normal. All LCL is pre-booked and we are loading on every vessel possible / available.
  • Services from the East Coast are still calling NZ weekly and pleasingly rail to Metroport Auckland has improved. East Coast remains tight – especially FCL shipments with regular four-to-five-week delays being experienced before cargo on water.
  • Rail infrastructure remains a significant issue. A point to note is that the network and equipment is designed to move 40’ containers. A 20’ can be delayed while they wait for another 20’ container to fill the wagon. Where possible, ship 40’s.
  • Trucker shortages remain an issue – congestion has impacted driver wages with fewer jobs able to be completed within a day. This has also caused some drivers to leave the sector further reducing driver availability.

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