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24th July 2015

carboNZero Certification

We have again been auditied and met the requirements to continue with our Carbon Zero certification. Perhaps the wild weather that the world experiences is a clue as to who is right, or wrong. Temperatures up to 74' C in Teheran yesterday is an example of what the world is getting.. We are proud to do our part in being aware of the issues.


28th April 2015

Weighing of Sea Containers

Amendments to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention requires all export containers to have a verified weight.   The amendments will enter into force internationally on 1 July 2016.
The amendments give shippers two options: 
1.    obtaining a verified weight by weighing the packed container using calibrated and certified equipment; or 
2.    weighing all packages and cargo items, including the mass of pallets, dunnage and other securing material to be packed in the container and adding the tare mass of the container to the sum of the single masses, using a certified method approved by the competent authority of the State in which packing of the container was completed. 



22nd April 2015

Over recent years, there has been talk about empty container parks in Auckland introducing a container booking system.It is about to happen due to congestion at depots etc. The first two container parks to put in a container booking system are Metrobox and Specialised Containers at Savill Drive, Auckland. Both these parks will be introducing a system called container chain. Container chain is used in most of the empty container parks throughout Australia.

 Details are still to be advised but we understand that there will be a significant cost to dehiring an import container and on hiring an export container going forward. The fee structure has not been set yet and this will need to be passed on to importers/exporters. The other significant change for everyone is that a booking for the return/uplift of every container will be required. This could create delays of up to 72 hours while transport operators request a booking. This will impact on the detention fee charged by the Ocean carriers as it will cut into the free time. 

Once we know the final details, we will inform you immediately.At this stage, the empty container booking system may start operating from the 1st of May 2015, however this date is tentative and is yet to be confirmed.

 Please feel free to contact us if you require any further information or clarification in the meantime.