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Polynesian Shipping: No New Route Plans Yet

Polynesian Shipping Line is not looking at introducing any new services/routes any time soon for Fiji. General manager, Michael Swan, who is in Fiji as part of the New Zealand
22 Apr 2015 07:47
Polynesian Shipping: No New Route Plans Yet
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Polynesian Shipping Line is not looking at introducing any new services/routes any time soon for Fiji.

General manager, Michael Swan, who is in Fiji as part of the New Zealand Trade Mission Delegation, feels Fiji is already well-served.

“In relation to additional services, I don’t think Fiji needs any additional services more than what they have at the moment for the simple reason of supply and demand,” he said.

“A weekly service out of New Zealand is sufficient for New Zealand exporters at the moment and meets the needs of Fijian importers.

“I think Fiji is pretty well-served already with services from most destinations and points of origins and to most destinations.

“If you look at the likes of FIJI Water who is primarily an exporter, they ship to most parts of the world, yet they are not disadvantaged by a lack of access to new markets.

“So I think generally Fiji is pretty well served. I think the ports have done a good job recently in proving productivity and that of course helps.”

Polynesian Shipping already has services from New Zealand to Fiji and they recently moved to a weekly service for the consortium of operators that they are involved in with led by Neptune Shipping.

Opportunities

Mr Swan also believes Fiji has the potential to become a shipping hub for Pacific operators.

“This is for operators who want to come from overseas ports and offload the goods for transhipment onto places like Samoa or Tonga,” he said. “So that’s what we mean by hubbing. So the freight comes from other countries to Fiji where it is transhipped and moved on to other island destinations.

“I think hubbing is all new nice business. So for Fiji Ports, any new business they likely to get will be through transhipment.”

Increasing business

As far as increasing business is concerned, Mr Swan said Fiji is quite a mature market.

“But when we compare it with Samoa and Tonga, Fiji is more of an export-based economy compared to Samoa which primarily imports,” he said.

“So I think really increase in business will be what Fijian manufacturers can do and getting their goods to be competitive and re-exporting to other parts of New Zealand, Australia or other Pacific Nations.”

Pricing structure

Meanwhile, Polynesian Shipping Line has reviewed its pricing structure for its New Zealand-Fiji services which has led to some increases in prices.

The company has advised customers that it will be adjusting rates effective from the Capitaine Cook Voyage 12 ETA Tauranga Port April 18.

This has been done in order to ensure its New Zealand and Fijian customers are provided with sustainable and comprehensive liner shipping services.

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