ANZ port delays continue, rates rise
Thursday, 19 November 2020
Sydney, NSW, Australia
DB Schenker is warning of container shortages
New Zealand is experiencing seven- to 10-day port delays through congestion, and shipping lines have announced a Port Congestion Surcharge for the Port of Auckland.
According to logistics provider DB Schenker, Australian operational productivity at the ports has been improving and is close to normal operation, except for Patrick Terminal in Sydney, which has been impacted by both adverse weather conditions and MUA industrial action.
Congestion at Patrick Terminal in Sydney is up to 12 days behind schedule, while the company also warns of ad hoc delays in Melbourne.
"While the situation in Australia is improving, shipping lines are still encountering varying delays across Asia due to high container demand and delays of returning vessels from Australia," it advises customers.
DB Schenker is also warning about a shortage of empty containers in Asia - in line with global shortages, especially of 40 ft. containers. "Due to high demand, limited vessel capacity and container shortages, we are seeing freight rates ex-Asia to ANZ reaching record high levels," it adds.