• The continuous delays in booking VBS (Vehicle Booking System) slots for dehiring empty imports and uplifting export empties are causing a detrimental effect on FCL (Full Container Load) turn times. This means that the delays in securing slots for these activities are resulting in longer turnaround times for FCL shipments. As a consequence, there may be challenges in meeting delivery schedules and maintaining efficient operations within the logistics chain. It’s crucial for stakeholders to address these delays promptly to minimize disruptions and optimize the flow of cargo.


  • The scheduled road maintenance closures on SH1 at the Brynderwyns and the Desert Road are affecting the delivery schedules of some linehaul services. These closures mean that certain routes are temporarily unavailable or subject to delays, which can disrupt the transportation of goods along those corridors. As a result, businesses relying on linehaul services may experience extended delivery times or adjustments to their logistics plans to accommodate the road closures. It’s essential for affected parties to stay informed about alternative routes and plan accordingly to mitigate the impact of these maintenance closures on their operations.


  • KiwiRail is planning to close the rail link from the Port of Tauranga to Metroport during the Easter period for maintenance purposes. As a result of this closure, there will be significant implications for cargo movements:
    • Affected Export Containers from Metroport: Export containers originating from Metroport will face an earlier cutoff time due to the closure of the rail link. This means that exporters will need to adjust their schedules to ensure their containers are ready for shipment before the cutoff deadline.
    • Delay in Transit Time for Import Containers: Import containers destined for Metroport from the Port of Tauranga will experience delays in transit following the Easter period. The closure of the rail link will disrupt the regular transportation schedule, resulting in extended transit times for these import containers.

Stakeholders involved in the transportation and logistics chain should plan accordingly to minimize the impact of these disruptions on their operations and ensure timely delivery of goods. Communication between relevant parties, including shippers, carriers, and port authorities, will be crucial to manage the logistical challenges posed by the rail link closure effectively.


  • The local trucking Fuel Adjustment Factor (FAF) for March will remain unchanged at 22.5%. This factor is significant for the transportation industry as it helps to account for fluctuations in fuel prices, ensuring that transportation costs remain reflective of current market conditions. By keeping the FAF stable for March, stakeholders in the trucking industry can maintain consistency in pricing and budgeting for fuel-related expenses during this period. It’s essential for businesses and logistics operators to monitor FAF updates regularly to adjust their cost projections and effectively manage transportation expenses.


  • Starting from March 1st, a Tyre Stewardship Fee will be applied to all new tyres sold, whether they are sold loose or already installed on a vehicle. The fee has been set at $6.65 excluding GST for a standard passenger tyre, but it may vary depending on the type of tyre being purchased. For instance, different fees will apply to motorbike tyres compared to tractor tyres. Customers will be informed of the specific fee applicable to the tyres they purchase by the retailer or garage.

    Additionally, it’s important to note that disposal fees may still be applicable to old end-of-life tyres until September 1st. This fee structure aims to support tyre stewardship and promote responsible disposal practices within the industry. Consumers and businesses should be aware of these changes and factor them into their purchasing decisions and budgeting processes accordingly.


  • The changeover to the new MPI BACC (Biosecurity Authority Clearance Certificate) format is scheduled for Friday, March 29th. This transition marks the culmination of a project undertaken by MPI over the past two and a half years to replace the main system for managing cargo and mail into New Zealand.

    The primary objective of this project has been to effect a like-for-like replacement, aiming for minimal impact on the industry. However, due to the adoption of different technology, there will be some minor changes to the look and feel of the BACC, as well as adjustments to pre-invoice procedures and the XMLs that are transmitted.

    Stakeholders should anticipate these changes and prepare for the transition accordingly. Further details regarding the specifics of the new MPI BACC format are expected to be released shortly, allowing businesses and individuals involved in cargo and mail management to adapt their processes accordingly. It’s important for affected parties to stay informed and be proactive in implementing any necessary adjustments to ensure smooth operations following the transition.