Logistics and supply chains will operate smoothly during level 3 in New Zealand

As the Level 3 measures will take effect on Monday, 27 April, this will allow for the resumption of all freight movements and the restart of logging exports and other major exports that were not deemed as essential.

One note of caution is around a possible shortage of shipping containers. Cargo and freight being exported use the empty containers from goods that come into the country. With a drop in imports containers may become scarce.

Port of Tauranga chief executive Mark Cairns said the port was keeping a close eye on the situation. ''There was a looming shortage for all of those non-essential containers being locked into terminals, but I think that has been resolved of late. I think we are just keeping a weather eye on the amount of imports that are coming into New Zealand in the future months.''

He said if there was a shortage, the cost of trade would go up. ''So they would have to import containers into the country to have available there to export their goods.''

Cairns said while the forestry trade dropped off overnight when the lockdown came in, the port was heavily involved at this time of year in the export of kiwifruit for Zespri and milk products for Fonterra.

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