LCL Cargo – possible delays

Peak season for imports is upon us. We are seeing an increased demand for LCL cargo as a result of FCL capacity constraint. With the decreased number of vessel calls currently,  the market is seeing significant volumes arrive on the same vessels at the same time which is challenging all players within the supply chain – ports, depots, carriers and importers.

The delays have been compounded by social distancing requirements for safety purposes, which dictates that only one person can be in a container at any one time, so this obviously slows down the unpack process and the overall capacity for unpacking.

Likewise there are challenges with staff shortages often with no notice, as a result of self-isolating requirements mandated for the safety of others, and whilst casual labour would usually be a solution for staff shortages, this is not an option at the current time.

The Auckland unpack depots have introduced additional measures to minimise risk. Given the large number of people engaged at an unpack station and that they are 24/7 operations, both Tapper and CODA Freight Stations have reduced their release delivery hours to allow for the cleaning of equipment, offices and amenities for the next shift. 

Whilst these measures are a necessity at this point in time inevitably we are experiencing delays in the unpacking of containers, meaning in some cases, cargo is taking a little longer to become available.

We apologise for any delay you may experience and hope the above explanation is helpful in understanding why. Should you have any concerns or queries around cargo availability we encourage you to be in contact with the Stellar team. Rest assured we are closely monitoring all shipments and assure you as soon as available we are organising delivery.

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