30 March 2020
Please be advised of the following changes with regards to Ports of Auckland’s cargo management of Priority Containers and LINK (Empty Container) Services.
As of Monday 30th March we will be introducing additional measures to identify and assist in the movement of ‘essential’ medical, pharmaceutical and food stuffs cargoes through the Port.
In order to ensure that your application is processed in a timely manner, please follow the guidelines outlined below:
The application form is attached to this advisory and will also be available on our website.
LINK (Empty Container) Services
In response to COVID-19 and to assist the industry with any potentially distressed import containers affected by the lockdown, Ports of Auckland has decided to repurpose the area that is currently used to store empty containers (Link) to long term import storage. For this reason, Link services will be suspended from 13 April and until further notice.
These changes will only affect empties delivered to the port for storage and not for export. Export empties will continue to be accepted by Fergusson Terminal through the main truck grid.
Here is the intended time line of this change:
We request that Shipping Lines that use Link facility for storage please start clearing their empty stocks with the aim to have all containers completely removed by no later than 0600 hours on Monday 13th April 2020. Please ensure that import containers that are yet to be dehired to Link have been updated with return location other than Link.
Thank you for your ongoing co-operation.
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