In recent weeks there have been a number of New Zealand containers ex Europe that have missed planned transhipment connections in Singapore and Cartagena. There are a number of reasons why this happens - the late arrival of the 1st leg vessel caused by bad weather, mechanical problems or industrial actions at previous port calls. Simple errors made by the transhipment Terminal also leads to containers being shortshipped at the transhipment point. More recently the over booking of several 2nd leg Singapore - Auckland vessels due to the previous (NZ) sailing suddenly being cancelled, has meant bulk numbers of containers being left behind in Singapore. Whilst we do everything we can to ensure your cargo is not only booked all the way through to New Zealand, but is prioritised at the transhipment point for loading on to the soonest reasonable sailing, it is impossible to "guarantee" any such connection. Unfortunately this is the nature of transhipment services. In addition to the above, transit times are being extended anyway due to many shipping lines slowing their vessels down (referred to as "Slow Steaming") in order to burn less fuel and reduce operating costs. Transit times from Europe in to Singapore for example, have increased by 3 - 4 days since the beginning of this year. We are aware of many clients who have been badly affected by the late arrival of their goods in recent weeks. Some are in a perilous situation. The best advice we can give moving forward is to allow another 7 days to the transit time that you normally would for cargo coming from Europe / Mediterranean, then place orders and plan shipment dates in line with that time window. From main ports in Europe / Mediterranean allow for a 50 day on-water transit time through to Auckland, another 3 days to Lyttelton and a further 3 days to Wellington. If you have any questions concerning the above please contact Bryan Hutson or Dean Tollen.
Friday, 2 November 2012
Posted: 6 months 2.4 weeks ago
Tags: LCL, Europe, ISF
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