As New Zealand’s largest port, Port of Tauranga is playing a vital role in keeping cargo moving throughout the global disruption and local upheavals caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. And it has ambitious plans, which would strengthen its key place in NZ’s transport system.
Fortunately for our export industries, the port overcame the effects of the pandemic’s impact on the international supply chain which included extensive shipping delays, service cancellations, scarcity of supply and volume volatility. This has led to congestion in the container terminal and at its MetroPort facility in Auckland.
The situation was at times exacerbated at times by operational challenges at Ports of Auckland, particularly in the first half of the financial year.
While there were 106 fewer container vessel visits between September 2020 and June 2021, the average cargo exchange per container vessel increased 21.7% due to the reduced vessel frequency and shippers maximising available capacity. Continue reading “Port of Tauranga handles near-record import surges but red tape is slowing progress with expansion plans”