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Coronavirus Update

February 2020

Sea Freight Delays

In wake of the coronavirus / Covid-19 outbreak in mainland China, Australian Government authorities have announced new border measures for all ships travelling from mainland China to Australia. 

This new requirement stipulates that all vessels must have a minimum of a 14 day transit between the last port in China and the first port of arrival in Australia. 

In order to comply with this requirement, the ANZL service must extend its transit time between Hong Kong and Brisbane. 

To offset this delay to the service and minimise disruptions and delays operating at subsequent ports in the forward schedule, the decision has been made to slide the schedule 1 week. 

This will result in an increased transit time of one week from departing last Asia port of Hong Kong to arriving first New Zealand port of Auckland. There will be no impact to the North bound transit time from New Zealand to Asia. 

The vessel slide of one week will not result in any change to the current fixed day vessels are calling at Ports on the NZJ schedule.  There may be some minor tweaks to the berthing time at some ports.  If they have any impact to cut-offs or cargo delivery we will further update and advise accordingly. 

The first vessel impacted will be the TOUCAN HUNTER V 066 N with her departure dates deferred 1 week. 

We will continue to closely monitors the situation. If you have any questions concerning your shipments, please contact your Key Account Manager at Henning Harders New Zealand


Travel Restrictions 

Travel restrictions are in place at the border. Only travellers arriving in NZ on flights from Australia, Singapore and the United States will be allowed to use eGates. All other travellers are now required to have their passports physically checked by a Customs officer.