Monthly Archives: December 2021

Every Stop a Container Makes from China to Chicago

Опубликовано: December 29, 2021 в 7:36 am

Категории: Blog

Every Stop a Container Makes from China to Chicago

1-minute read (9-minute watch)

The global pandemic triggered sky-high spending on manufactured goods. This increased spending created a huge bottleneck in the supply chain that could last for years.

In this video, you will follow one single container on its epic journey along the supply chain to find out where exactly things are breaking down. 

Your Package Arrived Damaged, Now What?

Опубликовано: December 23, 2021 в 7:34 am

Категории: Blog

Damaged or Lost in Transit

3-minute read (4-minute listen)

In an interview, Heather du Plessis-Allan talks to John Duffy, Consumer NZ CEO, about liability for damaged packages. 

Does Your Parcel Meet New Zealand’s Biosecurity Requirements?

Опубликовано: December 16, 2021 в 7:02 am

Категории: Blog

Does Your Parcel Meet New Zealand's Biosecurity Requirements?

2-minute read

NZ MPI Detector Dog Frisbee had an interesting find recently, sniffing out the unusual parcel contents at the International Mail Centre. The wrongly-labelled package was imported from China and contained three animal skulls with tissue still attached.

Extended Working Hours and More Truck Drivers to Help Solve Pressures of Supply Chain

Опубликовано: December 20, 2021 в 7:23 am

Категории: Blog

Extended Working Hours and More Truck Drivers to Help Solve Pressures of Supply Chain

2-minute read

The issue of port congestion has been well covered in the media over the past year or so, but discussions generally tend to focus on difficulties in ports themselves or on decisions made by shipping companies.

Undoubtedly, there are significant problems there, but there are a lot of links in the supply chain, and sometimes it’s easy just to focus on the ones near the top that aren’t moving freely.

Steve Pugh, a member of Customs Broker and Freight Forwarders Federation of New Zealand, suggests looking a bit further down the supply chain.

Certainly, one area with potential to help smooth things out would be if more importers and exporters were to start taking deliveries of containers outside of normal business hours.

There seem to be several reasons that more companies don’t currently do this. Some receive a lot of containers and like to have staff on-site when they arrive to supervise container placement.

However, some issues could be addressed through good communication with trucking companies and providing out-of-hours and weekend access to sites.

It would also be good to see dehire depot operating for longer hours. With record volumes continuing to come through the ports, nothing can realistically be done about these often being at capacity. Still, extended opening hours for trucks to deliver and collect would go some way to help the overall situation.

Another issue is the shortage of truck drivers. Certainly in the South Island, many transport companies operate Monday to Friday. So if a vessel arrives on a Saturday, there is very little movement, which adds to the congestion in ports. Only the bigger trucking companies have sufficient staff to double shift a truck.

New Zealand has a major truck driver shortage – it’s particularly acute in Southland. The trucking industry is working hard to recruit more drivers, and the Government is supporting that through the Road to Success trainee programme.

A current example that may throw all these issues into sharp relief is that, at the time of writing, the Vaiga III vessel carrying around 2500 containers had just arrived at Northport, having been delayed in Singapore for some weeks.

No doubt this will be bringing very welcome cargo for the Christmas market. With containers expected to start moving out from December 12, there will be a lot of trucks on the roads to and from Whangarei that week, just as the Auckland cordon is lifted and holiday traffic is starting to kick off.

The Ministry of Transport is working with the industry to address congestion. Still, more practical solutions from importers and exporters, such as extended working hours and more truck drivers, are needed to help solve the pressures of supply chains going forward.

Source: The New Zealand Shipping Gazette

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Light at the End of the Tunnel for Supply Chain Chaos

Опубликовано: December 13, 2021 в 6:58 am

Категории: Blog

Light at the End of the Tunnel for Supply Chain

4-minute read (5-minute listen)

In an interview, Heather du Plessis-Allan talks to Sam Dickie from Fisher Funds about why the global shipping crisis might be wrapping up.

How To Grow Your Business?

Опубликовано: December 8, 2021 в 12:11 pm

Категории: Blog

How To Grow Your Business?

2-minute read

How can you grow your business quickly and sustainably? How can you tell which opportunities are worth pursuing? And what should you do if success takes longer than anticipated?

Here, NZTE private sector advisor Stefan Preston suggests the mindset you need to adopt, and the kind of business model you need to have to sustain rapid international growth.

Supply Chain Chaos To Continue Into Mid 2022

Опубликовано: December 6, 2021 в 12:36 pm

Категории: Blog

Supply Chain Chaos To Continue Into Mid 2022

1-minute read

Supply chain chaos will likely persist through to the middle of next year, Jim Snabe, chairman of German conglomerate Siemens and Danish shipping firm Maersk said in an interview with CNBC this week.

Is Schedule Reliability For Containerships Showing Any Improvement?

Опубликовано: December 3, 2021 в 8:15 pm

Категории: Blog

Is Schedule Reliability For Containerships Showing Any Improvements?

2-minute read

Schedule reliability among the global container lines remains at the bottom of the range with only one-third of vessels operating on schedule.

The new data from research and advisory services company Sea-Intelligence shows only slight improvements in reliability and a small reduction in wait times confirming that progress will be slow in the recovery for the container shipping companies.

Did Covid-19 Affect Your Business?

Опубликовано: December 2, 2021 в 8:58 pm

Категории: Blog

Did Covid-19 Affect Your Business_

2-minute read

Trade impacts from COVID-19

New Zealand businesses have experienced major disruptions as a result of COVID-19, including those businesses in offshore markets. Disruptions experienced by NZ exporters have had flow-on effects to the domestic economy.