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One: All rates ex China are on the way up. The first of what we predict to be several increases ex the whole of Asia has already occurred. This means all LCL and FCL have increased by around 15%. We are in the process of up-dating our Asian LCL Menu and these will go out in the post shortly. For FCL’s call Darron or Paul for a re-quote/quote.

Two: Space is an increasing issue. Full containers now need to be booked at least two weeks before a nominated sailing, to be sure. Often demand exceeds supply and this has led the rates going up. There are also a chronic transport issues in China, not confined to just full container movements. Peak traffic, lack of drivers are common daily concerns with no easy solutions. The more notice you can provide us, the better. We are all going to need to be more patient.

Three: The Chinese New Year this year is between the 15th Feb and 22nd Feb. Everything closes! Trying to get a booking with week before the holiday is nigh impossible, given it is the busiest week of the year in terms of demand.

The entire team at Gateway enjoying a convivial tipple on Christmas Eve.

Christmas 2017 better

Remember that saying; ‘If it’s too good to be true it is’?

Well it’s never been more applicable than what is happening in our industry.

Specifically, sea-freight ex China.

N.Z Importers enticed into buying C.I.F ex China with sea-freight rates that are too good to ignore, are finding they are paying through the nose when it gets to N.Z.

In short ‘once on the hook’ N.Z Importers are being ripped-off at this end by unscrupulous freight-forwarders with all sorts of over-the-top fees, which when totaled-up come to more than the quote they got at this end.

These unethical forwarders are almost exclusively Auckland based.

The key reminder when importing and organising freight ex China remain (a.) Secure Free on Board buying terms (b.) Arrange the freight & Insurance locally from this end.

Locally means locally by the way.

If you are allowing your suppliers in China to arrange the freight, you are opening yourself up-to this rort which has been a blight on our industry for over a decade.

Further, what would happen if the shipper forgot to properly insure the goods and they were a write-off?

Who do you go running to if that was the case?

Ignore our advice at your peril.

Let us give you a 'true & correct' costing tailor-made to your needs. 

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