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An increase in empty container movements to benefit exporters

The launch of a new service, Maersk Sirius Star, operating between New Zealand and Fiji, offers new coastal ocean freight connectivity that will boost container availability and improve transit times for New Zealand exporters.

David Ross, Chief Executive at Kotahi, New Zealand’s largest containerised exporter said Kotahi works collaboratively with Maersk on its New Zealand shipping network and the introduction of this service adds to the network’s resilience for all New Zealand exporters to enjoy.

“The new Sirius Star service, operating between New Zealand and Fiji, sees the introduction of several port calls in New Zealand. These New Zealand port calls help improve the connection of cargo to large export ships, and from a number of locations reduces the overall transit time for our export cargo to market.”

“This new service also provides another option to distribute containers throughout New Zealand, particularly from the North Island to the South Island, which is helpful given the level of supply chain disruptions we are currently facing. Overall, it is positive for Fonterra, Silver Fern Farms and all our other exporter customers that will use this service,” he said.

The Sirius Star service is being introduced this month.