While the media is increasingly reporting Supply Chain issues are receding globally, we are yet to experience this in New Zealand. Our shipping lead times are still running approximately 8-10 weeks over our normal scheduled delivery times (see Shipping & Delivery)
These delays are due to significant & ongoing disruption in global supply chains servicing this part of the world because of COVID-19, an unanticipated surge in worldwide consumer demand resulting in significant congestion in shipping lanes, a shortage of available containers and prioritisation of larger consumer markets by shipping companies.
The Singapore Hub is materially congested.
The global issues remain compounded by ongoing congestion at Ports of Auckland. Consequently, some of the world's largest shipping lines have made the decision to further reduce services to Auckland until the delays are resolved rather than having their ships sit out in our harbour for weeks.
Port congestion is endemic worldwide with containers sitting on intermediary ports for weeks during transition.
We are actively endeavouring to minimise the delays for our customers and will advise further as events develop. In the meantime, please allow for these delays in your project timelines. If possible, bring your orders well forward of anticipated project completion times.
Our manufacturing times are on schedule & we endeavour to pre-book containers well in advance of anticipated loading times. However, once a container is on the water, we have no control over timing given the Global disruption to supply chains.
We do anticipate freight costs will ease in 2023.