New Zealand exporters have stated that the Northland freight chaos is often replicated overseas. Police teams are stopping trucks that are going south from Whangārei to make sure they're not over the weight limits. This brings huge costs to New Zealand producers, and some horticultural exports have been ruined by delay.
The problem in New Zealand stemmed from the diversion of a ship from the crowded Auckland port to Whangārei, which required a convoy of trucks to get containers back south. This caused delay and expense.
But according to stuff.co.nz¸ exporters said the same thing often happened overseas. For example, a ship heading for Australia could be diverted between Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, requiring slow and costly land transit of goods back to their original destination.
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