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Global shipping upheaval reaches New Zealand shores

New Zealand, has been one of the fortunate nations to boast legitimate early wins against Covid-19 after tough border controls. Now Auckland, a city that’s home to about a third of the island nation’s population, is in the middle of a seven-day lockdown as a new outbreak is being investigated.

The restrictions began just as congestion problems at the Ports of Auckland forced container shipping companies to curtail services.

Container shipping line Maersk has withdrawn 50% of its Auckland port service, citing delays for berthing windows of 10 to 11 days. However, it is continuing to offer “connectivity to the Auckland region via discharge at Ports of Tauranga and rail to Auckland Metroport.”

The Copenhagen-based company said it will set off on March 13 to help transport empty containers from Auckland to New Zealand’s idyllic southern island to meet export demand for perishable exports during the peak season. “The new service brings additional benefits and enables an improved transit time to key markets in Europe, South East Asia, Middle East and West Central Asia with transit time improvements for New Zealand exporters of up to 10 days,” Maersk said.



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