Reminder: U.S Shipments need to be on heat-treated or plastic pallets
Due to a big clampdown and audit by MPI Quarantine on Non-Heat treated pallets we are reminding you to instruct your suppliers to use Heat Treated or Plastic pallets only.
If freight is not loaded on an authorised pallet and arrives into NZ on non-Heat Treated pallets you may face a bill of NZ$200.00 for either fumigation or destruction costs by MPI Quarantine.
For this reason if Non-Heat Treated pallets do arrive into our partners in e LAX – DGX ‘s warehouse these non-compliant pallets will now automatically be transferred to plastic pallets at a cost of NZ$50.00 to yourselves.
DGX are also going to re-acquaint the shippers the HT regulations at their end to avoid this occurring.
We are trying to work in your best interests to minimise any delays and costs once your freight arrives into NZ. If you have any questions regarding this email please do not hesitate to contact either Adrienne or Jamie to discuss.
All U.S LCL Rates are due to go up slightly in Mid June
Shipping lines have announced an across-the-board increase to full container rates USA-NZ under the guise of a ‘General Rate Increase’.
This takes effect on June 15th 2015.
In terms of our weekly ‘less than container-load’ service the increase equates to USD 5.00 per cubic metre.
Latest on Stink Bugs from MPI + Things are here to stay
Between 1 October and 31 March, border staff made 34 interceptions across a range of imported goods and pathways, including vehicles, sawn timber and personal effects.
All of these intercepts were from the United States.
13 of the 34 bugs were alive when located.
MPI are considering trialling the use of detector dog [sic] for finding stink bugs should any make it past initial MPI’s border defences.
It is a given the new requirement for some vehicles and machinery from the United States to be treated prior to shipment will continue given the scale of the issue.
It is also inevitable consignments of household goods sent from the USA could now be devanned or unsealed only at transitional, MPI-approved facilities.
In the short/medium term fumigation of ‘high risk’ goods prior to shipment from the U.S will remain in place.