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Changes to Hazardous Storage Requirements Classes 6 and 8

The port is a transit facility rather than a storage facility and it is vital to the flow of cargo that we maintain our Code of Practice (CoP) and do not put any people or cargo in harm’s way.

Good Afternoon,

The port is a transit facility rather than a storage facility and it is vital to the flow of cargo that we maintain our Code of Practice (CoP) and do not put any people or cargo in harm's way.  Any breach of our CoP could have severe consequences in terms of disruption to business which hurts all parties in the freight supply chain.

The Health and Safety at Work (Hazardous Substances) Regulations 2017 have provisions for Classes 6 and 8 which come into effect from 1 December 2019.  This has necessitated an update of our Code of Practice. 

For Classes 6 and 8 there will be no flexibility to hold these cargoes beyond the allowed 72 hours after discharge.  We will require a confirmed plan for the uplift of these classes prior to discharge.  If there is no plan, we will not be able to discharge these units from the vessel. Once discharged, there will be significant penalties where these units are not collected within the allowable time.

This Change will take effect from 1 December 2019

Looking at how we ensure we comply with this regulation, the following process will apply:


  • Lines will request Consignees to confirm, prior to discharge, their arrangements to uplift Class 6 or 8 hazardous containers from the port within the allowable time
  • Lines will provide details of contacts to POAL Customer Service who will follow–up if no arrangements have been made
  • For Classes 6 and 8, where arrangements are not advised 24 hours prior to discharge, containers will not be planned for discharge.  Our Customer Service team will work with you to assist where possible.

  • Lines will advise exporters upon booking of the Container Terminal receival times
  • Receival times must be arranged for delivery 48 hours prior to vessel arrival to allow for a delay in vessel arrival and/or the actual time a container is loaded on the vessel
  • POAL Gate Operations will work with truck companies for appropriate-time VBS bookings at Fergusson Terminal, provided they are made with a minimum of 24 hours' notice
  • At Multi Cargo wharves, receivals for Hazardous containers are managed by the Multi Cargo Operations team

  • Transhipments for Classes 6 and 8 will be subject to the same allowable dwell times.
  • The ETA for the inbound and outbound vessels must not exceed the allowable time.
  • It may be necessary to move transhipments to an off-wharf facility and return them in time for the outbound vessel.

    Charges associated with handling and storing Hazardous Containers will be reviewed in our annual price list update effective 1st January 2020.

     The change to this process will apply to both Fergusson Terminal and Multi Cargo Wharves

     At Fergusson Terminal there is a process by which transport companies can apply for priority VBS bookings to pick up and deliver Hazardous containers
    Refer to our DG Handling processes here

     Off Wharf Storage for Hazardous Containers and Cargo

     We have investigated off-wharf storage options and list below some companies who can store Hazardous containers or provide unpack and storage services for Hazardous goods on a case-by-case basis:

    NEXUS Logistics

    South Auckland Freight Hub is a transitional rather than a storage facility and is subject to similar requirements as the port.  If you would like to explore handling options for containers, please contact NEXUS Logistics directly: [email protected]


    Contact Bryce [email protected]


    Contact Joseph Price:  [email protected]

    Or Nigel Hitch:  [email protected]


    Contact Alex Salter:  [email protected]


For more information please contact:


Customer Service
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.1
Email us


For VBS queries, please contact:
Drivers Assist
P: +64 9 348 5100 Ext.2
[email protected]