The Ports of Auckland have issued the below notice.
With Waitangi Day public holiday (06 Feb) fast approaching, we wish to remind importers and transport companies to utilise off peak hours to collect import and drop off export containers.
Please arrange timely pre-clearances and discuss options for deliveries outside normal business hours as this will assist us with maintaining the yard capacity through two consecutive long weekends at the start of February.
Link/Ondock Empty Container Depot -
Due to ongoing heavy import demand, constraints on empty evacuation due to schedule and move count limitations with high imports, utilisation of the Empty Depot (Link) is very high, over 128%.
We will need to manage receivals very carefully including the import empty returns into Link and will be as proactive as we can for any notifications regarding any restrictions or closure due to space constraints.
Berth windows and vessel schedules -
Berth windows remain suspended. We estimate we will continue in this state through into March.
Labour supply -
This continues to be tight. We are still working to a continuous 24/7 operation targeting 3 cranes during daytime and 2 at night. We continue to seek opportunities to provide additional crane and/or straddle capacity for periods throughout the week as we bring on more trained labour.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Scorpion representative to discuss any of the above.
Kia Ora & Happy Waitangi Day