Supply chain disruptions have been among the key stories during the pandemic. Congestion and lack of capacity have led to large increases in shipping prices. But for importers & exporters, the different modes of transport are not always a perfect substitute.
The road freight industry is big business in New Zealand, generating about $6 billion in turnover a year. About 260 million tonnes of freight is moved by road each year, accounting for about 93% of New Zealand’s total freight task.
The frustration and unpredictability of getting goods too and from New Zealand, has been discussed a lot over the past year.
Most supply chains globally were unprepared for these surges in consumer demand, but this is especially true for our country at the very end of that chain.
Not good news for importers & exporters. The “profit bonanza” being enjoyed by container shipping lines at present, through skyhigh freight rates, are set to remain in place for a couple of years more.
Rail in New Zealand has been estimated to provide a total value of $1.7 billion to $2.14 billion to the country’s economy each year.
Global container shipping pressures remain acute with shippers and carriers impacted by ongoing delays, congestion costs, and capacity shortages.
To avoid unnecessary delays to their next consignments, importers of food for sale need to have a valid Food Importer registration and complete their Intended Use declarations for all consignments of food, drinks, and ingredients.
There are some large question-marks forming over the momentum of shipping freight rates and whether these will taper back when normality returns to international supply chains. Or have higher rates become the newest ‘new normal’?
The number of questions asked about congestion at the Ports of Auckland left me in no doubt that people are searching to understand the problems faced generally by the port, shipping lines and the transport industry.
Continued strong investment in rail, support for coastal shipping and development of road freight routes that service ports in particular are among the focuses of newly-appointed Minister of Transport Michael Wood.