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Incoming stock surge

Ports of Auckland

VIA, (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), wants to remind the auto industry to work together to ease port congestion at Ports of Auckland.

The monthly total of cars into Auckland for April was around 30,000, with the same or more expected for the month of May. This surge in stock means that wharves are still considerably pressured.

To avoid demurrage (currently $60 per car, per day), vehicles ideally need to be moved from the port seven days a week, Monday through to Sunday.

VIA ask that compliance shops work with transport companies to ensure that transporters have access to deliver vehicles from the port into safe storage. This is simply to avoid port congestion and should not place undue pressure on the compliance KSDPs.

For any questions, please contact VIA Technical Manager Malcolm Yorston on 0800 VIA VIA (842 842) or email 

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Latest update on PCCs

The latest update from Autohub has been released on the progress of the berthing situation at Ports of Auckland.

Lake Taupo
The vessel arrived at Auckland on schedule last Saturday, April 21. The vessel is expected to berth April 30 and commence discharge.

Dream Jasmine
The vessel is due to arrive tomorrow April 25 and expected to berth May 5.

These extensive delays are caused by excessive cargo volumes arriving at Auckland during April resulting in lack of wharf space. This is also combined with the ongoing need for a high number of vessels requiring Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) inspection, fogging and further MPI inspections, followed by sample volumes to be discharged and heat treatments.

Vessels are losing up to 4 days in port following this process before normal discharge can commence.

As Armacup is the only shipping line following MPI’s recommendations, Lake Taupo will not require mandatory fogging in New Zealand.

All customers should have their import documentation and payment processes completed prior to vessels’ arrivals in order to allow all cargoes to be removed from the port as soon as possible after discharge.

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ESC exemptions available

As advised in February, NZTA has acknowledged the disruption to vehicle imports due to the stink bug issue, and especially those affected by the latest ESC requirements.

VIA (Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association) are wanting to remind importers that exemptions from ESC requirements are available for used MA class vehicles (over 2000 cc) purchased in Japan on or before 26 February 2018.

Importers will need to provide evidence that their vehicles were purchased on or by this date. VIA will process applications for all importers.

Copies of an export certificate, bill of lading and a supplier’s invoice is needed for each vehicle.

Click here to read the NZTA’s Q&A on exemptions for stink bug delay.

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Treatment system approved

JEVIC has gained Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) approval for a vehicle and machinery heat treatment facility in Japan.

On the back of stink bugs being found on car carriers, and heightened biosecurity inspection and treatment, JEVIC announced that they have gained MPI’s approval for a vehicle and machinery heat treatment facility in Japan.

“JEVIC`s Heat Treatment system is operational and has been approved by MPI. The purpose of implementing the heat treatment chamber is to treat vehicles in Japan found with live insects. This is similar to that of the system in Auckland. Heat treatment is an approved treatment by MPI for this purpose. The implementation of heat treatment is an addition to JEVIC`s current system,” JEVIC NZ chief executive Euan Philpot told Autofile.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB)

New Zealand Institute of Economic Research report found if sting bugs enter New Zealand, they could have a $4.2 billion impact. Two different types of stink bug – brown marmorated and yellow-spotted – have been found on ships in New Zealand. 

“As the first company in Japan to be approved for an operational system, we recognise the value this brings to our systems, stakeholders and the vehicle pathway as a whole,” says Philpot. 

“Our comprehensive systems are vital in dealing with live pests which present a threat to New Zealand, by keeping the bio-security risk offshore.”

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Wasps on standby

Horticultural industry groups and Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) have applied for permission to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to release the samurai wasp as a biocontrol agent in the event stink bugs are found in New Zealand.

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Council chairman Alan Pollard said an incursion would have disastrous consequences for horticulturists and their industries as well as everyday New Zealanders.

“The stink bug is one of the biggest biosecurity threats we face, and it could cause hundreds of millions of dollars of losses. The wasp provides an opportunity to be proactive in our approach and gives us another tool we can use to control the stink bug,” Pollard said to Stuff NZ.

“It feeds on over 300 plant species and can multiply and get to very high population numbers rapidly, destroying crops and gardens and even get into your home.

“In the UA and Europe where the invasive pest has become established, it has caused severe damage to the horticulture industries. It’s also invaded residents’ homes and become a real social nuisance.

“We’ve also seen growers overseas use high levels of insecticides as the primary way to control the stink bug. We believe the wasp will provide a targeted and self-sustaining control tool and provides growers with another option other than increasing insecticide sprays.”

In February, infestations were found in four container ships headed to New Zealand from Japan.

 A NZIER report estimated that gross domestic product would fall by between $1.8 billion and $3.6b by 2038 if it became established.


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Car carrier completes discharge

The latest update from Autohub has been released on the progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, Primrose Ace, Glovis Caravel, Adria Ace, Palmela and Garnet Ace.

Courageous Ace
We are pleased to advise that the Courageous Ace has completed discharge at all New Zealand ports and has departed New Zealand.

Glovis Caravel
The Glovis Caravel inspections by MPI are progressing well, with final units’ heat treatment to be completed today (18th of April).

Cargo on the main decks has been discharged, cleared and released by MPI. MOL expects to have clearance for a full discharge once final units complete heat treatment.

Subject to yard space on Ports of Auckland MOL will look to discharge 2 decks (approx. 400 cars) of cargo for MPI to complete their deck surveillance requirements.

Based on space availability at Ports of Auckland, Glovis Caravel should be completely discharged by the 22nd of April.

Discharge delays
Due to discharge delays in Auckland from lack of yard space and the planned strike action in Lyttelton, MOL regrets to advise that the Glovis Caravel will be travelling to Lyttelton or Nelson.

All Nelson cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Adria Ace.
All Lyttelton cargo ex the Glovis Caravel will tranship in Auckland to the Palmela.

To date, there has been no change to planned strike action by the RMTU in Lyttelton. Strike action in Lyttelton will start the 20th of April ending midnight on the 24th of April and then from the 26th of April ending midnight on the 29th of April.

Please find below updated schedule (all schedules are subject to MPI inspections process, berth and yard availability):

*Subject to berth availability due to congestion
**tranship AKL to the Valiant Ace V.49


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Congestion causes delays

Congestion at Port’s of Auckland is at its worst in years, resulting in delays in vessel discharging. The ability of the compliance centres and storage facilities to handle this huge influx of vehicles will also have a bearing on how quickly cars can be delivered and the port cleared.

Glovis Caravel

The Glovis Caravel arrived New Zealand on April 9.

As the Courageous Ace  was still undergoing the Ministry for Primary Industries’ (MPI) deck inspections, Ports of Auckland (POAL) and MPI would not allow the Glovis Caravel to berth on original berth window of April 10.

Now the Courageous Ace has departed, the Glovis Caravel has now berthed.

The Glovis Caravel will be fogged and start MPI clearing on arrival.

Subject to MPI inspection requirements and possible delays due to yard space congestion, complete discharge of the vessel is estimated between the dates of April 24 and 28. 

Glovis Caravel V.16A
Auckland Auckland 12th– 24th/28th Apr
Wellington Tauranga 25th /29th Apr
Lyttelton Wellington 27th Apr/1st May
Nelson Lyttelton 28th Apr/2nd of May
Lyttelton Nelson 29th Apr/3rd of May
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Courageous Ace heads to Wellington

The latest update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; the Courageous Ace, the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit. 

The Courageous Ace is currently heading towards Wellington with the estimated arrival time of April 14. The vessel will then travel to Lyttelton and then Nelson. 

The vessel is also carrying vehicles from the Cougar Ace and the Euro Spirit (Nelson only). 

The updated schedule is as follows:

The Courageous Ace 
Wellington – April 14
Lyttelton – April 15
Nelson – April 16. 
Lyttelton Port Strikes

The Rail and Marine Transport Union (RMTU) have announced strike action in Lyttelton starting April 20 and ending midnight on April 24. 

Lyttelton Port Company have further advised that the RMTU have issued additional strike notice from April 26 ending midnight on April 29.

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Glovis Caravel waiting to berth

Mitsui Osk Lines’ vessel, the Glovis Caravel, is currently sitting at anchor waiting for a berth in Auckland’s Port.

At present, there are four car carriers in port with the port also facing major congestion. Not only are some of these vessels going through the Ministry for Primary Industries’ processes and procedures, others are discharging and carrying out transhipping procedures.

A berth for the Glovis Caravel is expected to come free on the 12th April.

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Latest update on MOL PCCs

The latest update has been released on progress of the Mitsui Osk Line (MOL) car carriers; Cougar Ace, Courageous Ace and Primrose Ace.

Cougar Ace

The Cougar Ace has completed full vessel operations in Auckland and Tauranga and has departed New Zealand.

 Primrose Ace and Courageous Ace

Due to delays inbound and in Auckland, both the Primrose Ace and the Courageous Ace will now have identical coastal schedules.

To maximise berth windows on the New Zealand coast it has been decided that all cargo for Wellington, Lyttelton and Nelson on the Primrose Ace  and all cargo that was to load into the Primrose Ace in Auckland has been transferred to the Courageous Ace.

This includes cargo ex the Meridian Ace and Cougar Ace.

Updated schedule for the Courageous Ace is below.

Ports of Auckland yard congestion & Lyttelton Port strikes

 Ports of Auckland have advised that with large discharge volumes expected later this week that the port will experience possible yard congestion.

The Rail and Maritime Transport Union (RMTU) have announced strike action in Lyttelton starting from April 20 until April 25. 

We will advise updated schedules for these vessels as soon as possible.

Please find below updated schedule subject to MPI approval and Auckland Departure:

Courageous Ace

Auckland: April 5-12

Wellington: April 14

Lyttelton: April 15

Nelson: April 17

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Heat treatment highly likely

Davin Vinsen, chief executive of VIA

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is likely to insist on heat treatment being used with the aim of not just killing brown marmorated stink bugs (BMSBS), but all insects.

The treatment already used on some vehicles arriving in New Zealand from Japan over the past month will probably be reintroduced when the stink-bug season starts again in September this year and could even become a mainstay of the MPI’s inspection / treatment process into the longer-term future.

David Vinsen, chief executive of VIA (the Imported Motor Vehicle Industry Association), told Autofile: “This biosecurity issue – even though costly and disruptive across all of the supply chain – has resulted in some positives. For example, there has been fantastic co-operation between the government, and its agencies, and the industry.”

“Due to our “just in time” supply chain this bio security incursion has significantly affected us and this is one time that having an efficient system has not helped us, and we’ll be further stretched this month with 30,000 units arriving in Auckland.”

Vinsen adds: “It’s highly likely the MPI will insist on heat treatment for future bug seasons at least, and there’s some potential for this to become permanent. What this means for the industry is that border costs will increase and fees are bound to rise for all imported vehicles.

“Biosecurity remains the number-one priority with research, treatments and inspections needing to be funded. On top of this, importers are now required to diligently check all recalls (including for Takata airbags). We expect that costs will increase for inspection companies in Japan and they will have no option but to pass those on.”

VIA, in an email alert to members, advises recent changes to shipping schedules have led to vessels discharging large numbers of used cars with this month’s aggregate of around 30,000 being the largest ever. 

Its urging all businesses to assist by making sure all documentation is in order, compliance centres are open, and receiving yards and transport companies are aware of shipments.

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