SHIPPING

Port Congestion Continues To Cause Delays, Impacting Retailers

Port congestion issues experienced in New Zealand have impacted the South Pacific network (shipping service) of Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL). According to NPDL, vessels calling to the Auckland container terminals have experienced significant delays. Deep-sea services are either omitting Auckland or calling North Port to discharge their Auckland-bound cargo.
06 Apr 2022 14:30
Port Congestion Continues To Cause Delays, Impacting Retailers
Retail stores in Suva City.

Port congestion issues experienced in New Zealand have impacted the South Pacific network (shipping service) of Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL).

According to NPDL, vessels calling to the Auckland container terminals have experienced significant delays. Deep-sea services are either omitting Auckland or calling North Port to discharge their Auckland-bound cargo.

“As a result, we are proactively adjusting schedules to connect cargo to their destination as efficiently as possible.”

 

“We encourage customers to take advantage ofour expanded hours for container delivery to help ease the strain on the supply chain We do not expect the landscape to change in the near term.”

Delays caused by port congestion have also impacted retail businesses in Suva as business owners incurred further costs from goods not being delivered on time.

Suva Retailers Association President, Jitesh Patel said adding to this is the increase freight rates charged by shipping companies.

 

“I believe the best way to possibly lessen the impact on the Fiji supply chain is by looking into maximizing our locally produced goods and looking for alternative supplies/suppliers (if possible) within our region,” he said.

NPDL noted that the unprecedented demand for goods and port congestion experienced in 2021 continued to drive supply chain disruption globally.

 

“Ships in all trades, including Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific, are experiencing ongoing port congestion-related delays.”

“In New Zealand, port congestion issues are compounding and impacting our South Pacific network.”

As part of NPDL’s network update,the ongoing technical and parts supply issues related to cargo vessel Capitaine Wallis of Neptune Pacific Direct Line (NPDL), have resulted in temporary changes to its shipping routes in the South pacific.

 

Capitaine Wallis had encountered main engine problems while on route between Fiji and Tuvalu last month.

NPDL expects the liner network to return to its planned deployments from mid May.

 

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