Ports of Auckland will introduce an infrastructure levy at Fergusson Container Terminal from 1 January 2022.
The levy will be charged to shipping lines and will apply to international and domestic laden import and export containers.
The levy will be implemented in two stages. It will be introduced at $20 per TEU from 1 January 2022 and will then increase to $40 per TEU from 1 July 2022, after the Ports of Auckland automation project has been completed. The levy only applies to volume through the container terminal.
The levy is being introduced to help recover the cost of delivering the infrastructure investments needed to handle increasing ship sizes and exchange volumes.
The $330 million upgrade programme included a new 310 metre container berth, three new cranes, new reefer facilities, more truck capacity, two hectares of reclaimed land and terminal automation. Most of this infrastructure has been built and is operating, but as recognition that automation is not yet complete, we have delayed the full implementation of the levy until the start of the next financial year, when the system will be fully operational.
Our next major infrastructure investment is deepening Auckland's shipping channel so it can take larger ships. Pending settlement of appeals, we hope to start this work next year.
Ports of Auckland offers the fastest, lowest-carbon route into New Zealand's largest import market, but we also have higher capital costs because of our location. We hope that you will understand that in order to retain the benefits of location, we have to recover these costs.
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