What NZ Readers Are Saying About Ports of Auckland Location
New Import Biosecurity Rules for Shipping Containers to NZ
As mentioned in a recent article, my mailbag has been full with comments from readers about the future relocation of the Ports of Auckland, to such an extent that it is easily the most correspondence I’ve received on a single topic in years.
New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industry has provisionally finalised an updated import health standard for sea containers from all countries, as part of the prevention of the threat from importation of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB).
5 Reasons Why Truckers Oppose Ports of AKL Move to Northport
It’s not often you get an important transport lobby group arguing against something which could be of great financial benefit to them, but that’s the situation here with the group strongly advocating against a port move from Auckland to Northport.
What is the Real Value of NZ Coastal Shipping (vs Road)
Will lightning strike twice with an EY (Ernst & Young) report into “externalities” producing a boost for a particular mode of freight transportation?
COVID-19: You Are Likely to Face Shortage of These Goods
Delays in shipments and freight coming into New Zealand coupled with high demand for certain products has left stock and shelves empty for some retailers.
Is NZ-Flagged Coastal Shipping Back? What it Means For You
Air Freight Stats – NZ Imports & Exports (Aug 2020 Release)
In March, the Government unveiled its Government Policy Statement on Land Transport (GPS 2021) outlining plans to invest $54 billion in a range of transport initiatives over the next 10 years.
The cargo capacity crunch continues even as New Zealand businesses return to a post-lockdown normal, according to the latest air freight numbers from Auckland Airport.
Why Shipping Lines Rack Up Losses & Need Urgent Recovery
As hopes for world trade gather momentum in the wake of countries loosening lockdown restrictions, the reality of the impact of COVID-19 on shipowners and operators is becoming apparent.
All industry segments have suffered from the pandemic with the possible exception of tankers, where there has been demand for floating storage.
NZ Import & Export Stats (July 2020 Release) – Trade Surplus
New Zealand has recorded its fifth consecutive monthly trade surplus with the annual deficit falling to its lowest level in nearly six years.
Official figures from Stats NZ show a trade surplus of $426 million for June, taking the annual deficit down to $1.2 billion, the lowest since late 2014.
Seafarers to Stay on Ships for 17 Months Due to COVID-19
When is a law not a law? When you work as a seafarer on a Panamanian Flagged vessel, apparently.
That appears to be the consequence of the decision by the world’s largest flag state to authorise seafarers on ships flying its flag to serve for as long as 17 months onboard, due to the difficulties of achieving crew changes during the coronavirus pandemic.
NZ Freight Sector Reality & Cargo Transport Outlook 2020
The ‘new normal’ is a phrase we are now hearing a lot throughout the freight sector and the economy in general — but when will it arrive and what will it mean for your business?
Dangerous Goods: Calculating the Cost of Your Errors
You may not be aware of all the risks of dangerous goods (DG) transport domestically. By “dangers” I am referring to miss declarations, errors in manifests or outright failure to declare DO.
Shipping Laws Changed – How it Affects New Zealand
COVID-19 is having far-reaching effects on the shipping industry, and on importers and exporters, in ways that could never have been foreseen before the pandemic struck.
5 Ways to Minimise Freight Delays and Avoid Unhappy Clients
How Retailers Will Operate After COVID-19 (New Behaviours)
Let’s quickly recap what you have experienced! In December 2019, doctors in Wuhan, China, began to see patients with unusual and worrying symptoms.
The coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis is forcing stores to close across the globe. How should traditional retailers change in this new environment and with new consumer expectations and behavior?
Who Will Pay Penalties for Misdeclaring Cargo Weight (VGM)
Four years after the introduction of VGM (verified gross mass) rules to deal with the dangerous problem of mis-declared containers, one could be forgiven for thinking the issue of overweight boxes had been eradicated.
Why Importers & Exporters Don’t Use Shipper Owned Containers
The current market circumstances dictate New Zealand companies are not able to receive the full advantage of shipper-owned containers (SOCs).
Recently published by Hamburg-based Container xChange, the report determined that most freight-forwarders are failing to capitalise on the potential opportunities offered by SOCs.
Dispute in Container Hire (Detention) fees – Is It Fair?
The issues of container detention (empty hire) charges is an ongoing sore point which affects the relationship between shipping lines, importers, customs agents and freight forwarders, and it has raised its head again.
Fascinating Facts about How Long-Haul Trucking Works
1-minute read (13-minute watch)
Trucks transport 73% of the USA’s freight. However, in New Zealand they handle 92% of cargo, with 6% going by rail and 2% on coastal shipping.
World’s Largest Vertical Garden Goes up at Ports of Auckland
2-minute read (3-minute watch)
Ports of Auckland has installed the world’s largest soil-based vertical garden on its new car-handling building on Auckland’s waterfront.
How COVID19 Affects Your Sea Freight Prices (Chart Supplied)
The industry has navigated the crisis with some skill, but pressure to cut prices is growing.
For a container shipping industry whose fortunes depend on ever greater globalisation, the coronavirus pandemic appears an intimidating enemy.
Ocean Shipping Delays as Pandemic Hits Importers & Exporters
The $1 trillion container shipping industry is in a slowdown. Literally.
Some shipping lines, whose retail customers are being hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, are reducing sailing speeds and taking longer routes around Africa, avoiding Suez canal passage fees, according to the companies and ship-tracking specialists.
Why Your Sea Freight is Getting Slower & Air Prices Going Up
1-minute read (2-minute watch)
Shipping lines start sailing at reduced speed — a tactic that absorbs capacity since more vessels are required to provide the same frequency of service. How does it affect you?
Why You Are Not Getting Your Goods via NZ Post
New Zealand Post has apologised for the delivery delays many Kiwis have experienced amid Covid-19, explaining why so many packages have taken so long to reach their new homes.
With courier drivers overloaded, orders that are usually delivered overnight are often taking at least two days, and in many cases sometimes even longer.
What’s Happening with the Auckland Airport Runway
Work on Auckland Airport’s runway has begun as part of a $26 million project to replace pavement in the main touchdown zone.
Jet-blast fences were be transported onto the runway and 80 workers started work to shorten the airport’s runway by 1.1km in order to replace 280 concrete slabs at the eastern end.
Auckland Airport Stats Show How Covid-19 Changed NZ Imports
Airfreight through Auckland Airport and around the world plunged in April but imports of some products to this country soared, including goggles, disinfectants and toilet cleaner.
As air travel started grinding to a near-halt, equipment to combat Covid-19 took up limited air cargo space, as footwear, clothing and makeup imports plunged.
Biosecurity for Air Transport (Near-Term Future of Aviation)
Almost every challenge in aviation requires a team effort to solve it. Today we face the biggest challenge in commercial aviation’s history: restarting an industry that largely has ceased to operate across borders, while ensuring that it is not a meaningful vector for the spread of COVID-19.
New Rules for Importing Tobacco Products to NZ
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What are the new rules for importing tobacco products, tobacco leaf and refuse?
From 1 July 2020, tobacco products, tobacco leaf and refuse will become prohibited imports and you will be required to have a permit to import these products. Permits will be approved and issued by the New Zealand Customs Service.
Imports in April 2020 Had the Biggest Fall Since 2009
Imports in April 2020 had their biggest fall since October 2009, resulting in a monthly trade surplus of $1.3 billion, Stats NZ said today.
“This is the largest monthly trade surplus on record and the annual goods trade deficit is the lowest since March 2015,” international statistics manager Darren Allan said.
Government Freezes NZ Customs Fees for Exporter & Importers
The Government is freezing charges at the border to help export and import businesses and protect jobs from the impacts of COVID-19, said Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa.
A new fee regime for exporters and importers due to come in on 1 June has been put on hold for at least 12 months.
Surge in NZ Exports of Food to China, Taiwan & Hong Kong
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise says interest in fresh New Zealand produce is surging in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. The Chinese economy is beginning to recover after two months in lockdown due to the coronavirus – but the path to recovery is uneven.
Outlook for Int. Air Transport & Freight in the Next 5 Years
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released a new analysis showing that the damage to air travel from COVID-19 extends into the medium-term, with long-haul / international travel being the most severely impacted.
How Airlines Transport Your Goods During Coronavirus COVID19
8-minute read (12-minute watch (feel free to increase play speed 2X))
Why are airplanes grounded when the world needs it most? How will airlines fly again? it employs millions and acts as the central nervous system of international business and leisure.
Government Freezes NZ Customs Fees for Exporter & Importers
- How Demand for International Travel Has Changed in the Pandemic
- Impact of COVID-19 on Air Cargo
- What Passenger Airlines Are Doing to Minimize the Supply-Demand Mismatch
- Why It Is Possible to Derive Profits from “Ghost” Flights
- What Happens Next
The Government is freezing charges at the border to help export and import businesses and protect jobs from the impacts of COVID-19, said Minister of Customs Jenny Salesa.
Impact of Social Distancing on Your Airfares As Borders Open
With the outbreak of COVID-19, many governments implemented strict social distancing requirements to help limit the spread of the virus. Some governments have applied similar measures to air travel, including that airlines should leave empty seats between passengers in the aircraft.
When such policies are pursued, the seat load factor of an aircraft is artificially capped.
International Cargo Flights Ramp-Up to/from New Zealand
Government support to help restore international air freight capacity has added 56 weekly cargo flights from New Zealand, with more to come, Transport Minister Phil Twyford announced today.
Short-Term and Long-Term Outlook on Logistics & Freighting
Impact to date
Domestic transport and logistic services are in heavy demand replenishing stores with food and other consumer goods which have come into demand following preparations for the potential domestic impact of the coronavirus.
Survey of Airline Cargo Business Leaders (April 2020)
Airline Business Confidence Index
• Our April 2020 survey of airline CFOs and Heads of Cargo confirmed the sharp weakening in the Q1 business environment amid the spread of COVID-19.
The challenging business backdrop – including weakness in profitability – is expected to be maintained through the next twelve months.
• Passenger and cargo demand both collapsed in Q1, although the decline was more pronounced for passenger traffic.
Yield developments were mixed, with respondents reporting that passenger yields eased over the course of the quarter, while cargo yields increased.
Air Cargo Supply & Demand Analysis (Released April 2020)
Air Cargo Plunges in March as Covid-19 Spreads Globally
• Industry-wide cargo tonne kilometres (CTKs) contracted by 15.2% year-on-year in March, driven by sharply weaker demand across all regions as the COVID-19 outbreak extended to become a global pandemic.
• Industry-wide cargo capacity declined by 22.7% annually due to the reduction in bellyhold capacity, as the passenger fleet were increasingly grounded. Dedicated freighter operations raised their capacity and some passenger aircraft shifted to cargo-only operations which partly offset this decline. With capacity contracting by more than demand, the global cargo load factor improved by 4.8 ppts in March, compared with the same period a year ago.
NZ is Facing Shortage of 20ft & 40ft Shipping Containers
There is a growing shortage of shipping containers. Cargo and freight being exported use the empty containers from goods that come into the country.
With a drop in imports containers may become scarce. Will you be affected?
How Your Import & Export Goods Are Affected During COVID-19 Period
We know there are a lot of things on your mind right now, so we just wanted to reassure you that Easy Freight Ltd is deemed as an essential service and will remain in operation to support you with any request.
We’re a digital-first team and have well-established systems in place to work remotely.
Guide to New Import GST Rules for Online Shopping
YOU WILL LEARN:
- New GST Rules On Low Value Imported Goods
- Tips On Online Shopping for Christmas
Reporter: There is going to be a significant change for online shoppers in New Zealand, just in time for Christmas.
NZ-bound Shipment Has been Intercepted (Could it Affect you?)
New Zealand Customs Service has issued a reminder to NZ importers to ensure they correctly declare the origin of inbound goods on import entries — particularly from Western Sahara.
“In the case of imported goods originating from Western Sahara, the country code ‘EH’ should be input in the import entry’s origin field,” stated the agency.
NZ Freight Company Lost Insurance Claim Due to the Employee’s Fault
You may have good insurance, pay the premiums on time but then have the insurance claim denied because your employees were not trained to meet the requirements.
Let’s discuss how your business needs to operate to ensure that you are covered when disaster strikes.
What Are the Funding Options to Grow Your Import or Export Business
1-minute read (22-minute watch)
Access to a wide investor audience, so it’s a quick and efficient way for you to raise funds.
This week our guest speaker was Simeon Burnett is the CEO & Co-Founder – Snowball Effect. It is New Zealand’s leading online investment marketplace. They help NZ companies raise funds to increase the rate of your company’s growth.
3 Tips On Importing Goods Into New Zealand (Avoid These Hidden Costs)
13-minute read (27-minute watch)
If I had this info before I imported for the first time I’d saved lots of time & money
📚YOU WILL LEARN:
NZ Importers Fed Up With Container Hire / Detention Fees (Go to Court?)
- How NZ Customs or NZ MPI Biosecurity will charge you and some hidden costs that you may not be aware of
- What are the common mistakes in the transport documents
- How you can save money on freight
- Other Practical Advice that Will Help You Grow
Last week’s Commentary column explored the supply chain friction that is occurring with container detention charges one of the central issues.
In recent times, where container depots around Auckland have been full, and the truckers working for importers and forwarders have been unable to de-hire empties, arguments have erupted when detention notices have been issued.
5 Little-Known Mistakes with NZ Customs Clearance (Instant $800 Fines)
11-minute read (22-minute watch)
Import rules change on a regular basis. Find out what can cause extra delays or fees.
📚YOU WILL LEARN:
Alibaba Auckland Expo: How NZ Businesses Should Trade with China
- Ways that an overseas supplier can ruin your compliance with NZ authorities.
- Situations when you are paying too much or too soon.
- How NZ Customs or NZ MPI Biosecurity will charge you and some hidden costs that you may not be aware of.
One of the biggest E-commerce firms Alibaba has announced plans to establish a local office.
Alibaba Group Australia and New Zealand regional general manager Maggie Zhou confirmed that the business expects to achieve a stronger local presence.
Why Auckland Has Container Shortage (What Is Done Overseas to Fix It)
Money Saving Tips When You Pick an NZ Customs Broker (5 Methods)
Around 90% of the dry goods 20-foot containers (TEU) imported into New Zealand come in full with imported product.
However, around 30% of 20-foot containers (TEU) leaving New Zealand do so empty.
The shipper or shipping line that works out to close the imbalance gap would not only be making a significant contribution toward the nation’s trade surplus but to the national supply chain. The 30% of empty boxes pose a growing issue.
Wednesday, 29 May 2019 at 1 pm (NZ Time)
This is a FREE educational business webinar to help NZ importers & exporters.
YOU WILL LEARN:
Issues With Abandoned Shipping Containers – You May Be Liable!
- Little-Known Ways to Reduce Your Costs
- What to Say to Get a $200 Instant Price Drop
- How to Avoid Hidden Fees and Nasty Surprises When Send Your Goods
- Q + A: Type Your Questions Now (or During the Live Talk) to Feel Confident With Importing/Exporting Your Cargo
Freight importers & exporters should be worried about the cost of containers abandoned overseas for which they may be liable and how to implement safeguards to prevent this situation occurring.
How to Get The Best Cargo Insurance (4 Myths Busted)
11-minute read (20-minute watch)
As an NZ importer or exporter, you’re no doubt always on the lookout for ways to save money. But there’s one place you shouldn’t be skimping on, and that’s cargo insurance.
This is an educational business webinar to help NZ entrepreneurs understand how to get the best out of the cargo insurance and what to avoid.
Why Sustainable Business is Better (3 Tips to Make a Difference)
13-minute read (19-minute watch)
How do you deal with competitors that copy you? Ways to stay relevant to the market.
This week our guest speaker was Shay Lawrence is the founder of CaliWoods, loves surfing and the ocean.
Passion lies in using business as a force for good, developing her own business in the Social Enterprise space and inspiring people to live more sustainable lifestyles.
Business Planning & Top 3 Tips to Increase the Value of Your Company
1-minute read (27-minute watch)
Growing your business alone is challenging. If you apply the right system life will be easier.
This week our guest speaker was Graeme Hogan is a CEO with 20+ years of experience in both small & large companies, covering most aspects of the business – from sales, marketing, as well as business planning.
What You Must Do to Get New Clients (Grow Your Business 3X)
1-minute read (27-minute watch)
Steps to increase your sales by 3 times and grow your business.
This week our guest speaker was Logan Wedgwood is a sought-after management consultant specialising in business sales and marketing.
How to Get to the Top of Google Search & Increase Your Sales Leads
1-minute read (23-minute watch)
You can do these simple website changes and beat your competition. No huge budget required!
This week our guest speaker was Richard Conway is the CEO and founder of Pure SEO Ltd.
How to Navigate New Taxes and Minimise Issues with Business Compliance
1-minute read (17-minute watch)
1) How to navigate the new taxes – check which apply to you. 2) Round-up of 2019 law changes.
This week our guest speaker was Kirk Hope is Chief Executive of BusinessNZ.
How to Get New Clients via Social Media Marketing (3rd Rule is Vital!)
1-minute read (22-minute watch)
Do you want to stand out among your competitors? How to do it using just your smartphone?
This week our guest speaker was Jef Kay from Easy Social Media Ltd.
Instant Fines by NZ Customs (70 Offences That Can Incur It)
From 1 April 2019, Customs officers will issue Infringement Notices, with an instant fine of $400 for an individual or $800 for a business.
Infringement Notices enable Customs to manage minor offending involving travel, goods and craft (aircraft or ship) by issuing fines for 70 offences.
Ports of Auckland Profit is Down $5 mil and 50% of Ships Arrived Late
Ports of Auckland CEO, Tony Gibson has announced the company’s half-year results:
Our company is in the middle of a major investment programme which will increase capacity, efficiency and returns. This work will give us a solid foundation for a sustainable future, but while construction is underway there is a tangible effect on our business.
More Vehicle Import Troubles with Ineffective NZ Biosecurity Rules
3-minute read (4-minute listen)
Newscaster: The car shipping line, Scandinavia’s Wallenius Wilhelmsen, is telling the government that the biosecurity rules that are meant to keep the marmorated stink bug pest out of New Zealand are ineffective and inconsistent.
New Container Inspections by the Shipping Line May Add Extra Costs
Maersk and other carriers in the industry are working to improve safety and reliability in the Containerized Maritime Supply Chain, by verifying that cargo descriptions match actual contents of the container, and that the contents of the container are correctly stuffed, lashed and secured.
Proven Online Marketing Tactic for 2019 & Top Mistakes Businesses Make
25-minute read (43-minute watch)
You Will Learn:
Why New Zealand Import Businesses Fail and Tips on How You Can Avoid It
- What marketing tactics you must use in 2019 and what to ignore.
- How to avoid common mistakes.
- And other practical tips you can implement today!
15-minute read (25-minute watch)
You Will Learn:
4 Outcomes for NZ Importers & Exporters During the Next 25 Years
- Why do most organisations collapse?
- How did the leaders of the popular companies make decisions that triggered the breakdown of their business?
- And other practical tips you can implement today!
We looked at a document called “Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043” published by leading international freight transport insurer TT Club, in conjunction with global management consulting firm McKinsey.
Winner of the 2018 Day of the Seafarer Photo Contest (1700 Entries!)
Myanmar-based Master Zay Yar Un has won the inaugural International Maritime Organization (IMO) Day of the Seafarer Photo Competition with what has been described as a “bold geometric composition, focusing on the deck of a ship and the blue ocean beneath”.
Reasons for the Import & Export Freight Hold Ups in Auckland
The fragility of New Zealand’s supply chain has been exposed several times in recent years, for example through the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes which hammered the ports of Lyttelton and CentrePort, and the 2012 Auckland industrial troubles which disrupted operations there and put huge pressure on the Port of Tauranga as a back up.
3 Recommendations Where to Move the Ports of Auckland
There is one thing that the freight industry needs to see come from the Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy review which the Government is finally getting underway – a result.
By that, I mean clear recommendations that oblige the Government to take action, in order to give us a way forward for the manner in which the ports, rail and roads in the upper North Island will develop over the next 30 years.
Cleaning Cert. & Other Things MPI Checks to Allow a Vehicle Import
Importers will have to do more to ensure vehicles and machinery from overseas are free of brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), according to the Ministry of Primary Industries.
The new Import Health Standard for Vehicles, Machinery and equipment that came into force on September 1 have a focus on Japan given the issues last season with contaminated car carriers.
What It’s Like to Air Transport a Live Rhino Across the World
An eight-year-old black rhino is settling into a new home in the Serengeti thanks to a complex logistics project managed by Intradco Global and Qatar Airways Cargo.
After spending his entire life at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Eric was selected to move to Tanzania to play a starring role in a breeding programme designed to help save the critically endangered species from extinction.
Why a Lot of Auckland Companies Will Have to Work 24/7
National Road Carriers Association and the Ports of Auckland are combining forces to promote change in the supply chain to improve delivery times and prevent delays.
This initiative has come about because of supply chain capacity issues which were highlighted following an accident at Ports of Auckland in August. Imported freight has taken longer to deliver, and exporters have encountered delays getting their goods away, leading to frustration all around.
E-scooter: NZ Import Safety Concerns and How it Affects You
Peter McRae is calling on authorities to promptly address “regulation, categorisation and commercial concerns” regarding the importation of E-scooters.
In a publicly-released commentary, Mr McRae identified issues in three specific areas:
- Appropriate design and resulting classification of E-scooters as vehicles for transportation, not toys.
- Risk management for the expected increase in future motorised scooter imports.
- Need for greater regulation and systemic collaboration to ensure rider safety (via helmets, speed, etc.) as well as ensure public safety.
Risks of Importing Vehicles or Machinery from China & Korea
Advice to shippers, exporters and importers of new and used vehicles and machinery from China and Korea.
At this stage, New Zealand does not have specific Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) measures in place for vehicles and machinery from China and Korea. However, MPI is currently monitoring vessels reporting detections of BMSB and other regulated pests that are carrying vehicles and machinery from China and Korea.
Vehicle & Machinery Importers Are Warned of Extra Fees
Importers of vehicles and machinery from Japan and “Schedule 3″ countries are being advised they will need to have acquired an approved Biosecurity Authority Clearance Certificate (BACC) at least 72 hours prior to vessel arrival in New Zealand.
Import Delays to NZ Are Getting Worse (Is There a Solution?)
The Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Federation (‘CBAFF’) told Shipping Gazette™ it is actively working towards resolution of issues with MPI clearance delays.
Chris Edwards, vice president of CBAFF, said the Trade Single Window (TSW) issues are top of mind for the industry and no solution is yet in sight.
How to Import Hemp (Cannabis) Seed as Food into New Zealand
From 12 November 2018 hemp (cannabis sativa) seed food products will be able to be imported into (and exported from) New Zealand. What are the rules?
Importers and exporters should note products must NOT contain whole hemp seeds. Whole hemp seeds remain Class C drugs under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 and cannot be imported into New Zealand without a licence issued by the Ministry of Health.
New Import GST on Goods Valued Under $1000: the What & How
The government is cutting import taxes on low-value goods to soften the impact for New Zealand consumers who start paying GST on all overseas purchases next year.
Following consultation earlier in 2018, details were released on 18 October 2018 on the proposed GST regime for non-residents supplying “low-value goods” to NZ buyers.
NZ Customs Departure Card Cancelled: What You Need to Know
Departure cards have been discontinued this month, and the information used to account for all travellers departing New Zealand will now be collected electronically.
You still have to meet some requirements to avoid problems.
NZ Importer Jailed for Smuggling Goods (What Can You Learn?)
Let’s discuss the volume of alcohol being illegally imported into the country and imported without compliant labelling. What are the telltale signs of illegitimate product?
Citing examples of imported shipping containers being declared as beer when they were predominantly filled with spirits. That kind of smuggling is denying the country of about $40 million in excise duty annually.
NZ Customs and Spirits NZ are working on ways to stop it. How will you be affected?
Cargo Insurance Costs & 3 Little-Known Issues You Must Avoid
6-minute read (10-minute watch)
You Will Learn:
Updated NZ Customs Rules & Fees: What You Need to Know
- How to save money on cargo insurance
- The costs to insure your goods in New Zealand
- Three common mistakes that you need to avoid
- And other practical tips you can implement today!
Administrative penalties apply to exporters, importers, licensees and agents who make an error or omission on their entry and do not voluntarily disclose it to Customs.
New Sea Freight Fuel Prices – How it Will Affect You (Q&A)
From 1st January 2020, a new regulation will come into force to reduce air pollution from ships globally. Whereas today ships can use fuel with up to 3.5% sulphur content (outside Emission Control Areas), the new global sulphur cap will be 0.5%.
How Ports of Auckland Automation Will Affect Importers
Progress is being made on the massive automation project being undertaken at the Ports of Auckland, as the port readies itself to become the first in New Zealand to use automated straddle carriers to load and unload trucks and to operate the container yard.
Why are Freight Fuel Prices (BAF) Going Up & are They Valid?
Recent Shipping Gazette™ news articles and the Commentary column focusing on emergency bunker surcharges being applied to shippers (June 9) have prompted interest from readers who have asked the basic question – how are BAF (bunker adjustment factors) calculated?
How to Hire Top Talent & Tips to Improve Team Happiness
4-minute read (7-minute watch)
Costs to Import One Pallet (or More) from Australia to NZ
- How to hire the best talents for your business
- Important steps and techniques of the hiring process
- Why you need to have team discussions
- Ways to improve the communication in your team
- How social networks can help your business
5-minute read (9-minute watch)
- What are the costs to import 1 pallet of standard goods from Australia to NZ
- The main components of these costs
- In what way you can calculate the cost of importing more than 1 pallet
- How your customs broker can help you save money
- Why a local freight forwarding company is better
Prices to Import One Pallet (or More) from China to NZ
5-minute read (9-minute watch)
How to Decide if You Need Cargo Insurance & Who Pays for It?
- What are the costs of import from China to New Zealand
Which freight incoterms to choose and why
All fees included in the NZ port fees
Extra fees that you should account for
- How to calculate the cost of importing 1+ pallet from China to NZ
The Commentary on how “General Average” works prompted by Maersk’s declaration of it following the fire on board the Honam. It has caused some interesting feedback relating to the value of having marine cargo insurance.
In particular, the issue that has been drawn into sharp focus is the risk borne by all New Zealand exporters and importers, who proceed to ship goods without marine insurance.
Amazon Tax: What You Need to Know & Beware of This Trap
17-minute read (11-minute watch)
Top 5 Recruiting Mistakes by NZ Import & Export Businesses
- Who benefits from this new tax
- Current GST rules, how and when they are going to change
- How much you have to spend on customs clearance, including customs broker fee
- What you should be aware of in regards to Amazon Tax
27-minute read (46-minute watch)
True Costs to Import 20ft Container to NZ (How to Save Money)
- Is it worth to have a recruiting agency and how much do they charge
- What is the difference between “passive” and “active” candidates and how you can use that
- How you can grab the attention of applicants in your ad
- Why it is so important to gather critical information about a candidate upfront
- Is it good or bad to advertise the exact salary
- Why it is a good idea to have somebody to assist you in the interviews with candidates
- How to improve your interview skills and have “structured interviews” with candidates
- Is there a pay gap between males and females in New Zealand
20-minute read (42-minute watch)
Max: If you want to learn more different business tactics, tools and how to import or export goods to New Zealand then start now by subscribing to our YouTube channel.
Alex: You want to bring a 20-foot container from any country to New Zealand, where do you start?
5 Expensive Mistakes When You Import Used Household Effects to NZ
7-minute read (19-minute watch)
Max: All these five mistakes apply whether you import a full container, air freight, or even 100 kilos by sea freight, and it’s very important to make sure that you prepare all these things before you arrive in New Zealand.
Make sure you do not arrive before your shipment arrives in New Zealand.
3 Reasons Why I Want to Ditch My Business Partner! (Number 2 is Vital)
8-minute read (18-minute watch)
Max: We wanted to sit together and talk to you about a very sensitive subject for many. Alex and I are both co-founders and directors of the beautiful company called Easy Freight. And we’ve been in business for a long seven years!
Importing Goods to NZ? 4 Ways an Overseas Supplier Will Cost You
11-minute read (28-minute watch)
Max: Were talking about importing goods to New Zealand, and four ways the supplier will cost you extra money that you didn’t budget for.
#1 YOU RECEIVE LESS THAN EXPECTED
The first way that you can lose money is, surprisingly, some New Zealand importers can receive half-full containers.
How to Select an Auckland Customs Broker – Avoid THESE Costs
11-minute read (23-minute watch)
Max: If you think about it, when you import two pallets or even a full container, you’re going to pay at least anywhere between NZD 1,000 to 5,000 of freight to ship the goods say from China to New Zealand.
Alex: So why we think that it’s so important not just to choose right freight forwarder but also to choose the right customs broker?
How to Save $3,105 on Importing Your Used Personal Effects to NZ
12-minute read (26-minute watch)
Max: We’re going to talk about mainly importing containers with used household goods to New Zealand.
And it’s going to be a very topical question, how to save money when you migrate and bring your stuff to New Zealand. What’s the first step when you prepare to bring your goods to New Zealand?
Price Breakdown: Import One Pallet of Goods from China to NZ
7-minute read (14-minute watch)
Today we’re going to talk about the price breakdown if you want to import one cubic metre standard pallet of goods from China to New Zealand.
This is the most commonly asked question, so I’m delighted to finally break it down for you.
3 Things I Know About My Business Partner, But His Wife Doesn’t
8-minute read (16-minute watch)
Max: Today we’re talking about “Three things I know about my business partner, but his wife doesn’t.” And I think I should clarify some very important things straightaway. I’m not married. Alex is not married either. So we don’t live double lives. Do you Alex?
How & When Autonomous Ships Will Change Imports & Exports
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Newscaster: Well, self-driving cars, and driverless trucks, also airliners that fly on autopilot. They’ll soon be commonplace. What about crewless container ships though? Well, they’re just over the horizon, as it were. Eric Frykberg plots their course.
Eric Frykberg: Coming soon to a port near you, the crewless ship with a skipperless bridge nosing itself towards a wharf to unload its cargo. One or two people might be needed to keep an eye on the computers, but they won’t necessarily be on the vessel.
Online vs Physical Retail: What’s the state of NZ shopping?
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Mark: Greg Harford is from Retail New Zealand. He joins us now. Hey, are you all doomed to put up the shutters and close up?
Greg Harford: Well, we represent the retail sector including some online retailers.
So I think the outlook for retail itself is positive, but it’s certainly, increasingly, customers are looking to transact online because it’s easy. It’s convenient. And in many cases, it’s cheaper for them to do so.
Peter from Stoeveken Cosmetics shares tips for NZ Importers
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How a Shipping Container Changed The World & Why It Happened
Today my guest is Dr. Peter Stoeveken co-founder of Stoeveken Cosmetics Ltd who will share his tips for NZ Importers & Entrepreneurs.
They are NZ importers of 100% natural and certified organic beauty care products from Germany.
6-minute read (9-minute listen)
The boom in global trade was caused by a simple steel box. Shipping goods around the world was – for many centuries – expensive, risky and time-consuming. But, as Tim Harford explains, 60 years ago the trucking entrepreneur Malcolm McLean changed all that by selling the idea of container shipping to the US military.
What are the Problems of Moving Auckland Port to Northland
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Guyon Espiner: New Zealand First is suggesting to move the Ports of Auckland to Northland. This has been met with some scepticism, particularly from the National Party. We had Simon Bridges on the program a little earlier.
A Cheaper, More Foolproof Way to Import Goods — To Anywhere
1. Can you deliver?
Part of securing export orders is making sure you can deliver. Many Kiwi exporters have underestimated the volume opportunity they encounter overseas. Similar issues arise for NZ importers.
What You Need to Know About Import & Export Compliance
Trading rules and regulations vary from country to country and import legislation can be both complicated and confusing.
6 Things to Do Before the Import of Your Goods (#5 is a Must)
MINIMISING THE FINANCIAL RISK
Finance is obviously fundamental when exporting & importing: you want to be paid quickly and without complications. Here are some factors to cover.
The Ultimate Guide: How to Make & Source Your Goods Overseas
(This is the interview with Richie Norton by Pat Flynn from Smart Passive Income).
This month, I’m learning everything I can about the world of physical products: how to create my own, how to validate them, how to find the perfect manufacturer, and how to get them in the hands of my customers.
How NZ Corporates can Damage Your Small NZ Import Business
Reporter: Lisa Wilson is on the line with me now. Good day, Lisa.
Lisa Wilson: How are you doing?
NZ Customs Can Inspect Your Digital Devices at any Airport
Reporter: The new Customs and Excise Bill means Customs will no longer be able to demand that people entering the country hand over the passwords to their devices without reasonable cause. Although, is that a change?
New Tax on Imported Goods to Australia: What NZ Companies Need to Know
Note that the legislation will not affect customs duty, which is still not payable below the AU$1,000 threshold.
You Cargo Can be Stolen Using 3D Printing Technology
For some time we have been looking to identify the potential long-term impact of 3D printing on the movement of goods in the supply chain but now manufacturers and transport providers are being warned of how the criminal fraternity are using the technology to help steal goods from containers.
How to Cut Your NZ Freight Costs and Improve Service
An online shipper/truck operator matching service recently launched by New Zealand startup, TNX, is reportedly delivering 10% cost savings to the former while also reducing the 40% under-utilisation of vehicles said to currently be commonplace for the latter.
Who Should Pay for These Extra Costs and How to Avoid Them
The circumstances were that in mid- July a freight forwarder filed a pre-receival advice to DP World Australia at West Swanson Dock in Melbourne, and while doing so made a typo error with the VGM, missing out a “zero” numeral.
The Main Reason Your Shipment Could be Delayed
A number of CBAFF members have raised concerns recently about delays with New Zealand Customs releasing shipments.
Naming and Shaming the Worst Unjustified Freight Surcharges
Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) secretary general Chris Welsh has announced his organisation aims to stamp out shipping surcharges within five years.
The Ultimate Guide: Food Import Customs & MPI Clearance
What is this about?
What You Must Know Before You Import Food into NZ
To import food into New Zealand (NZ) you need to apply and get clearance from both NZ Customs and the MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries).
What is this about?
Good News for Importers & Exporters – New Freight Tech
To import food into New Zealand (NZ) for sale individuals need to understand and comply with requirements under the Food Act 2014. This guidance will help you with this.
Counterfeit Shipping Containers: What You Need to Know to Prevent It
The container shipping industry had one of its worst years in 2016. In his Editor’s Insight, Nevil Gibson says a recovery is underway and that’s good news for importers and exporters. Nevil Gibson joins me now. How bad was 2016 for container shippers?
A counterfeit containers warning issued to the Customs Brokers’ and Forwarders’ Council of Australia (CBFCA) by Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP), could serve as a timely portent for New Zealand shippers.
Customs Brokers Call for an Urgent Solution to Freight Problems
Mainfreight says KiwiRail needs to find an alternative way to get urgent freight from Auckland to Christchurch as fast as it can. Earthquake damage has left CentrePort in Wellington unable to load and unload container ships and has damaged the rail link to Christchurch, forcing trucks to take up the slack.
NZ Imports and Exports are Delayed After the Earthquake
Importers and exporters are piling work onto other New Zealand ports as they scramble to keep cargo moving after last month’s earthquake blocked most of the trade out of Wellington.
Soon You Will Pay Import Taxes On All Small Parcels
You might soon have to pay GST on all the goods you buy online, not just purchases of digital goods including music, software and films and TV shows.
Will Your Import & Export Freight Rates Go Up Or Down?
Hanjin’s receivership represents the greed of the container shipping market, and despite continuing concerns of weak trade growth and fleet oversupply, a gradual market recovery is now expected, according to the latest annual Container Forecaster and Review 2016/17 report published by global shipping consultancy Drewry.
Little-Known but Vital Online Import Tax Rules
The online shopper is questioning what happens to the GST and customs duty, charged on purchases from overseas when goods are returned.
Back To The Port Of Auckland Future
When I looked in March at the work that had been released by the Port Future Study’s Consensus Working Group (CWG), identifying a long list of areas being considered as options to meet Auckland’s future demand for a port, I had major reservations about some of the options being considered – particularly Muriwai, the Kaipara Harbour, Mahurangi (south east of Walkworth), and Whakatane.
What Happens When a Shipping Line Goes Bankrupt?
In a week when one of the world’s top ten container lines went bankrupt, the business performance of shipping and ports has come firmly under the spotlight, not just globally but in NZ too.
Your Freight Agent May Be Charging Inflated Fees
Reports are emerging of some carriers and other supply chain service providers imposing “exorbitant and unjustified charges” in particularly Asia and Africa following the July 1 enactment of the new verified gross mass (VGM) regulations for packed containers.
Why You Need Export Trade Insurance from NZ Government
New Zealand exporters seeking financial protection against the non-payment by a customer could find themselves eligible for trade insurance from the New Zealand Export Credit Office (NZECO).
9 Facts You Need to Know About Mandatory Cargo Weighing Law
As advised earlier and as constantly reported in industry press the new Mandatory Cargo Weighing Laws has become effective around the globe.
This law is referred to as V.G.M. or Verified Gross Mass, when a ship will not load a container anywhere in the world without a declared VGM.
Dispute Over Import Freight Charges (And What to Do With It)
The freight forwarding charges debate here in New Zealand, as discussed in the past, has probably come to a head with the statement by the Commerce Commission that “it is not the commission’s role to enforce “Incoterms” in contracts between forwarders and importers.”
Importers: Alert to New and Used Parts from USA
Importers were warned this week by the Ministry of Primary Industries to a situation that has arisen for one of the importers, the outcome of which may need to be considered by others.
How to Avoid Paying Duty and GST on Imported Gifts
The reference 75 concession allows entry of presents or gifts except tobacco products sent from abroad to a resident in New Zealand:
(i) Not exceeding $110 in total value – Free
(ii) Exceeding $110 in total value, on the excess over $110 – The rates of duty applicable to the goods as set out in Part I of the Tariff. (see examples below)
Your Import Shipping Container Could be Full of Toxic Gas
The researchers’ investigations found 20% of the containers sampled had gas concentrations above safe levels. In the worst case, methyl bromide was found in one container at a level of 50,000 parts per billion — 100 times more than the safe level.
5 Key Principles When Labeling and Packaging Your Goods
In the past, the major consideration for exporters has been the legislative requirements surrounding the disposal of packaging waste. Driven by the European Union (EU), member countries have developed stringent legislation governing the disposal of packaging waste.
Are You Paying Too Much For Import Freight Services?
False import charges have become an endemic issue in the local freight forwarding industry with only a limited number of operators excluded from the practice, according to a stakeholder who approached the Shipping Gazette™ following last week’s article on the issue.
Compulsory Container Weighing Rules (Are You Ready?)
Did you know that the IMO (International Maritime Organization) passed an amendment to SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) requiring verification of container weights?
How to Reduce Your Import Charges (One Simple Step!)
The message is loud and clear from the buyer (importer) to request all applicable destination charges from the China supplier upfront.
New Rules in Trans-Tasman Trade (What You Need to Know)
A trans-Tasman customs mutual recognition agreement (MRA.) due to come into force by June next year will lessen border checks and speed the movement of export products to market for members of the two countries supply chain security programmes.
Reasons for Delay in MPI Bio-Security Applications
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has advised us of seasonally high volumes in bio-security applications.
You Won’t Believe How Much Cash NZ Customs Dogs Find Per Year
A recent recruit to our Detector Dogs team, Kane, a black Labrador, has been proving his worth at the border.
How to Avoid Buying Fake Goods – and What will Happen to It
Fake goods are easily accessible everywhere these days – international travel and online shopping make it easy for people to buy counterfeits and import them. You can be almost certain that Prada in a plastic bag at a night market is unlikely to be the real thing.
Can You Reduce Value of The Goods and Minimise Import Taxes?
If you import goods into New Zealand you must declare the Customs value of the goods on the import entry or clearance document, but questions are always asked – how is the value determined, and what is the process for appeal?
Importer: New Rule for Hazardous Substances (You have 30 Days)
Most businesses that make or import hazardous substances have to give some basic contact information to Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).
Are You Responsible for New Cargo Weighing Requirements?
Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) Secretary-General Chris Welsh was in New Zealand recently, attending the NZ Shippers’ Council annual meeting and also for comprehensive meetings with Government officials.
Why Coastal Shipping is Important for NZ Shippers
New Zealand’s coastal shipping sector needs to be acknowledged as a valuable transport asset that figures prominently in future transport planning, according to both the New Zealand Shipping Federation and Customs Brokers’ and Freight Forwarders’ Federation (CBAFF).
How to Get a New FernMark – and Receive Instant Credibility
A new FernMark, embedded with augmented reality and including a global trademark monitoring programme, is now available to help exporters market their products internationally.
Do not Miss Canton Import and Export Fair (3 Practical Tips)
2-minute read (3-minute watch)
One of the globe’s great trade fairs will commence in Guangzhou province, in southern China, and according to the representative of the China Foreign Trade Centre it will be one of the biggest yet.
Why is Your Shipment Delayed? (How to Avoid Common Issues)
Many importers and exporters question why does it take so long to go through the New Zealand border? Easy Freight has received the following update from MPI (Ministry for Primary Industries). Unfortunately, it happens several times a year and it is not an isolated case. Therefore, we recommend that you send documents to your Customs broker at least 2-3 weeks before it arrives in New Zealand.
How does Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Affect You and NZ
Negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement have been successfully concluded. It involves 12 Asia-Pacific countries, which together account for 36 percent of the world’s economy.
This agreement will deliver significant benefits to New Zealand – it will support more jobs, higher incomes, and provide a better standard of living for New Zealanders.
You’re Paying False Import Charges and Don’t Even Know That
Recent complaints made by importers against several freight forwarder charges are disturbing. It shows that there is a structural problem in the way importers are doing business, and a lack of clarity as to what ‘rules’ apply.
Should New Zealanders Fund Rail and Road?
Is it time to radically change our thinking in terms of rail? Should we stop expecting a financial profit from the rail, and start to recognise its more strategic importance in our national transport infrastructure?
5 Aspects of a Perfect Import Business (Number 3 is a Gem!)
Our job is to cut costs and save time for importers and exporters. We would like to share some of the insider secrets with you.
What Problems to Expect When Exporting to China (And How to Avoid Them)
“It is highly recommended that all companies do their due diligence before committing to the overseas market”. This was the main message from Mr Paul Smith, NZ Customs Counsellor.
The Do’s and Don’ts When Working with an Overseas Supplier
Interview with Aaron Muir from Argus Tracking. Aaron Muir is a director of Auckland-based firm Argus Tracking, which has had its asset management hardware manufactured in multiple countries.
2 Shocking Facts You Need to Know About Imported Flowers
The New Zealand Flower Growers Association (NZFGA) wants imported flowers to be labelled as imports so consumers can make an informed choice about whether to buy them.
How to Import a Car and Avoid Costly Mistakes
New Zealand has quite an old vehicle fleet compared to many other countries. The average age of a car is about 13 years.
Why Do Shipowners Have a Limit on Compensations?
Politics involves a heap of misleading information. The tendency is to seize on populist themes and fashion statements that meet with approval over the dinner table, in smoko rooms and in the pub.
How to Import Building Materials Duty-Free
Most residential building materials can now be imported into New Zealand duty-free as a result of a new tariff concession scheme recently announced by the Government.
Can You Really Trust Parallel Imported Goods in New Zealand?
Parallel imported goods are genuine branded products that are imported into New Zealand (or other countries) and sold within that market without the brand’s owner consent.
9 Surprising Facts About the Worldwide Shipping Industry
How do the goods of the world travel from one place to another? Despite technological advancements and the propagation of a globalized economy, a surprising 90% of everything still comes and goes on a ship by sea.
How to Find an Overseas Supplier for Your Product Idea
Finding the right supplier for your product idea may prove challenging. If possible, you should find one that you like working with, and they should also provide you with a quality product at a fair price.
Here are the steps involved in finding a supplier, and some of the many considerations you will have to navigate along the way.
What does Asia’s Rise Mean for Your NZ Company?
The IMF (International Monetary Fund) data indicate a continued rise in the proportion of the global GDP accounted for by Asia. The Asian region almost doubles in importance in the 40-year period to 2020, rising from 18.3 percent of the global economy in 1980 to 30.8 percent in 2020.
5 Rules That Could Impact Your New Zealand Importing
There are several rules that could impact your importing, and it is vital to know what procedures you need to follow in order to ensure timely and safe delivery of your goods.
[True Story] Is Your Marine Insurance a Waste of Money?
There are some harsh lessons sometimes handed out in business. A good case was reported in the Shipping Gazette™ of a cargo owner with a shipment on board the ill-fated cargo vessel Rena.
To pay for the freight of a consignment of export goods from Napier port that gets as far as the Bay of Plenty and ends up on the seafloor, seems to incur a triple slap in the face.
Importing Into NZ? Have You Considered These 6 Risks?
Thinking about importing goods into NZ? Perhaps you can access better prices or superior quality overseas? Or maybe you’ve identified a market for goods that just can’t be sourced locally?
But importing into NZ is more complicated than it may seem at first. The risks are significant if you don’t know what you’re doing. To give your venture the best chance of success, it’s best to learn the risks before you start such business.
BEWARE: NZ Importers Targeted by Email Hacking Scam – 5 Ways to Control It
A dangerous and highly effective new online scam is affecting New Zealand importers. The scam has already left several Kiwi businesses severely out of pocket, with some businesses losing deposits of over USD 250,000 to scammers.
Cargo Insurance: The Shocking Truth for Importers & Exporters
As an importer or exporter, you’re no doubt always on the lookout for ways to save your money. But there’s one place you shouldn’t be skimping on, and that’s cargo insurance.
How to Import Household Goods — The Ultimate Guide
Our clients often ask us about the goods that are restricted for importing to New Zealand. Can one bring necessary medicine, favourite DVD collection or some rare artwork as an unaccompanied baggage?
Why is Customs Holding Your Parcel? (and How to Avoid It)
2-minute read (4-minute watch)
International Postal Regulations require that every item passing an international border is subject to Customs inspection in the destination country.
Importers: Beware of ‘Fake’ Import Charges
Importers to New Zealand need to beware of a legal ‘loophole’ that leaves you exposed to unexpected and unwarranted charges on your imported goods.
When you buy goods overseas under cost and freight rate (CFR) terms (see our Incoterms page for more about this), this should mean the seller covers the costs of freight to you in New Zealand.
But in some recent cases, importers have been hit with extra charges when their goods arrive, leaving them out of pocket.
25% of courier parcels evade NZ import duty
With the rise of internet shopping more and more New Zealanders are importing goods from overseas using postal and international courier services.
Tips on Importing Goods Into New Zealand
This information is to help people understand the collection of Customs tariff duties, plus goods and services tax (GST), on articles imported into New Zealand.
It explains how Customs tariff duty is charged on goods imported into New Zealand, lists a number of concessions, and describes which goods are subject to strict import control, or are absolutely prohibited.
Demurrage and Detention: A Complete Comparison
People often get confused by these two words Demurrage and Detention. Well then, what is the difference? When dealt with in the context of containerised cargo, simply put,
Be Smart, Defer Payment to Customs
- Demurrage relates to container storage at terminal (charged by the port)
- Detention relates to container usage (charged by the shipping line)
THE MAIN ADVANTAGES TO IMPORTERS ARE:
Your Expectations from Us
- Deferral of the payment of Customs charges for up to seven weeks, with a minimum period of three weeks.
- No requirement to pay cash on each import entry. Instead, importers have an account with Customs and settle one month’s transactions with a single payment.
Easy Freight has responsibility in making sure your orders not only head to the destination in good condition but actually go through customs border without delay.
How to Get Paid
Both buyers and sellers need to determine the risk to their own business, the amount they are willing to pay to mitigate that risk. There are four commonly used payment methods for reducing these risks.