· Industrial Action Update
Ports of Auckland has announced that it is progressing a proposal to contract out labour at the port, while continuing to participate in collective bargaining with the Maritime Union of New Zealand (Local 13). Ports of Auckland has received a 7th strike notice from Maritime Union of New Zealand.
This latest strike notice period starts at 0700 hours Wednesday 15th February until 0700 hours Wednesday 22nd February 2012 and is targeted at the internal wharf shuttle service and in particular CONLINXX who deliver this service. The Maritime Union have stated that their members will refuse to handle containers that have been moved around the Port using CONLINXX Limited owned or operated trucks. It will not affect other port operations. Port CEO, Tony Gibson said that port operations would be maintained and the company is working with CONLINXX to minimise any impact to customers.
We are covered with public liability cover up to one million and General Freight Forwarders cover . However it is important all importers and exporters have their own cover on a per shipment or annual basis. If you believe cargo is exposed to risk in any way please contact us;, as we can now offer competitive Freight Broker Insurance services.
· Export Peak Season Surcharge (PSS) and Liner BAFs
Both COSCO and CMA CGM have now announced and confirmed northbound PSS of 150 / 300USD for 20’ / 40’ containers. The last 3 months have also seen BAFs increase across all Shipping Lines by approx. 50USD.
Our last three requests for extensions for import and export detention free time have been turned down by various shipping lines . They note the need for equipment turnaround to meet export demand and repositioning. Please ensure all loading and unloading is prioritised to meet the time frames to avoid unnecessary costs.