Vessel scheduling continues to play a detrimental role on this trade. To maintain some schedule integrity Wellington and Lyttelton have been omitted on the last two voyages of ANLs Hansa Bitburg.

We have seen an increase in capacity with ANLs new vessel Safine Prime recently making its first voyage on the TTZ service. This additional capacity will hopefully offset some of the congestion and extended lead times caused by the interrupted schedules.

Volumes remain strong, so we encourage all customers to book their cargo with at least three weeks notice. We are seeing a high demand of hazardous cargo coming in from Australia. All vessels are reaching their capacity for hazardous cargo and with tighter procedures in place for the booking of hazardous cargo, it is crucial that we are receiving all paperwork at the time of booking (at least three weeks out) so we can get approval done quickly.

There is an ongoing equipment issue from Melbourne and Brisbane. Mondiale VGL are working hard to re-use as many empty containers as possible to ensure that we minimise the effects this will have on our customers.


Although there have been periods where booking capacity has improved, there are still challenges with equipment availability, blank sailings and port congestion which impacts the weekly capacity and supply of equipment.

Trucking at origin is still problematic due a shortage of drivers and localised industrial action in some areas.

Transhipment port congestion in Singapore and Port Kelang has worsened in recent weeks and some carriers are restricting volumes on these routes to bring the congestion to more manageable levels. Transhipment via Kingston and Tanjung Pelepas remains comparatively stable (at this stage), but we recommend allowing for possible delays of 1-2 weeks for transhipment.

Recommendations are to book at least 4-6 weeks prior to cargo ready date. We urge you to consider all carriers as there may be limited options and your first/preferred choice may not be available. Flexibility with equipment type can also assist.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Season

The New Zealand 2021/22 BMSB season finished on 30th April. There continues to be no evidence of any established BMSB population in New Zealand, but Biosecurity New Zealand has just launched its winter campaign to help raise awareness of the brown marmorated stink bug.

The 2022/23 BMSB season will start for any target risk cargo that departs on or after 1st September 2022.

Italy News – Changes to La Spezia Container Terminal Port Receivals

Due to ongoing congestion at La Spezia Container Terminal (LSCT) the port authority has decided that full export containers may only enter the terminal 7 days prior to vessel berthing.

Inbound vessels are still experiencing major delays and ETA and ETB data are postponed almost on daily basis, which leads to a disrupted and inconsistent supply chain.

Mondiale VGL have explored solutions to minimize disruption and to ensure cargo meets the vessel close off whilst being allowed to berth within the allowed time frame.

Origin trucking is currently booked 2-3 weeks ahead to ensure we are guaranteed a slot. In the event a container is unable to be received at the terminal due to a vessel delay, we will temporarily discharge container at a storage facility until the receivals at the terminal open.

For any orders affected by this our Mondiale VGL team will be in contact with you to discuss the options and additional costs involved.


West Coast

Shipping Lines and origin ports are working together to increase frequency of sailings and changing rotations at origin to facilitate this. In the interim, there will still be some large gaps in the schedule, but there will be more sailings than previous months. There will also be some port omissions at Los Angeles to maintain integrity and there will be at least two more vessels that will discharge Marsden Point only. We will continue to monitor this with all shipping lines.

Transhipment carriers (Cosco | OOCL | Maersk) still have suspended bookings West Coast to Oceania and have all advised they are not taking bookings. We also check with them regularly for options.

Seattle port has been re-instated, and there will be sailings every four weeks (at this stage). Oakland port has also been re-instated, although bookings are over-booked, and sailings are every 3-4 weeks at present.

East Coast

Vessels remain overbooked for 3-4 weeks ; some port pairs are booked until end of June with July sailings and pricing not yet released. Charleston has limited space available from mid-June to end June; subject to change as these are SPOT bookings | space. East Coast ports and terminals are reporting record congestion and Charleston port, in particular, has had various embargos on container receipt. This has meant loaded containers are still sitting on trucker chassis unable to gate in and/or sitting at Charleston rail-head unable to deliver to port. As of mid-May, Charleston port has lifted the rail embargo, and they are allowing some rail origins to accept containers and rail to Charleston. There is still a major equipment shortage in and around the South-East area.

Port Issues | Truckers – FCL and LCL

Truckers remain heavily overbooked, with almost all areas reporting workforce shortages and it is not unusual at present for trucking companies to decline requests.

FCL Bookings

Services remain overbooked from all US ports that service New Zealand. Load dates will continue to change constantly in line with ERD | LRD (earliest and last receipt dates at rail | ports). Shipping lines continue to cancel bookings without notice, leaving us in a tricky situation, with unavoidable delays. Truckers are all reporting major delays for empty containers | chassis equipment, and in some cases, this will result in bookings having to roll. With the combination of overbookings and infrequent sailings, the situation is not good, but also outside our control.

LCL Bookings

Groupage container bookings are also being cancelled without notice by shipping lines, and space remains heavily overbooked. Hazardous cargo is getting more and more difficult to get approval for and load. All | any hazardous cargo will be subject to approval from the shipping lines | vessel owners, and there will be delays.

Please note : Change to LCL Hazardous Requirements

Please note effective immediately, our origin teams will require the SDS sheet for all hazardous LCL shipments. In the past, we have only requested these for certain commodities when required by the shipping lines. However, we now have nearly all shipping lines requesting SDS sheets along with the hazardous approval request. Failure to provide the SDS sheet prior to documentation cut-off, may result in cargo being rescheduled to the next available sailing.


As the borders slowly open, we are seeing a return of a few carries. However, with the increase of passengers now starting to travel again, this will have a detrimental effect on the cargo capacity on each flight. Over time with more passengers and flights operating we will hopefully start to see a fall in airfreight rates, but this will take some time. Another factor not helping the situation is the cost of fuel.

  • Capacity in Australia and North America remains tight.
  • Hawaiian Airlines will resume services in July which will provide much needed capacity into the mainland US and importantly to the US East Coast. Air Canada will resume flights in November. American Airlines have also
    indicated they will restart flights in November, but this is still to be confirmed.
  • LATAM Airlines have resumed 3x weekly flights to Santiago with onward service to most major South American destinations. This has provided much needed services with considerably reduced transit times.
  • Asia and European destinations are operating well with a good coverage of airlines and services.


Peak season is underway ex all New Zealand ports, with carriers experiencing both space and equipment supply issues. This is set to continue through to July.

  • Space on all services to all destinations remains very tight.
  • NZ | Australia – Pressure is easing due to the additional ZIM N3A service and ANLs larger capacity vessels.
  • Europe – port congestion is diminishing capacity. This is further complicated with the transhipment hubs (Singapore & Port Kelang) also experiencing congestion issues resulting in longer transit times.
  • USA – services are running at full capacity with carriers steering away from offering US inland solutions, due to the US Covid transport crisis. Space is very tight to the US West Coast, due to lack of trade tonnage (vessels/services) and port congestion issues that continue in both the West & East Coast.
  • Schedule reliability and ongoing delays continue to create blank sailings with vessels experiencing rotation delays.
  • Pricing continues to increase for the foreseeable future as a direct result from peak season demand.
  • Carriers continue to over book vessels resulting in rolled bookings (in some cases multiple times) which leads to export demurrage and detention issues.
  • Some lines have major shortages of both dry and reefer equipment. Supply is possible from alternate depots however this may increase cartage costs.


Import airfreight capacity into NZ is still very limited. Our agents and team are pushing to secure space to move your cargo to meet your requirements.

  • We are still quoting shipments on a case-by-case basis to give our clients the best options available, as in some cases rates are changing daily.
  • China has major issues in Shanghai with Covid, which in turn has given limited options ex Shanghai but we have secured space ex Guangzhou which is keeping cargo moving.
  • Australia – with passenger traffic increasing we are seeing cargo capacity removed due to baggage.
  • USA and Europe flights are still very full and transit times are being pushed out due to space.

Should you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact your Mondiale VGL representative.

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