Global Logistics Market Update: 06 March, 2023

Cyclone Gabrielle continues to affect services in New Zealand, a national strike in France on 7th March could cause delays and California declares state of emergency for 13 counties due to ongoing winter storms.

Macro Update:

Cyclone Gabrielle continues to affect services in New Zealand. Air Network disruption and InterIsland Ferry cancellations as a result of Cyclone Gabrielle are all contributing to delayed deliveries as previously advised. Read more about regions affected in our Australia and New Zealand section below.

A general and national strike across different sectors in France on 7th of March 2023 might result in delays of the delivery of mail and parcels.

The Governor of California declared a state of emergency for 13 counties across California due to ongoing winter storms. The affected counties are Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma, and Tulare. The warning will remain in effect until further notice. Customers should anticipate disruptions to business and transportation operations in affected areas.

The following public holidays may lead to delays in the processing and delivery of your shipments to the following countries: 

  • 17/03: Ireland - St. Patrick's Day
  • 21/03: Japan - Vernal Equinox Day







Service Updates:

Australia & New Zealand

Cyclone Gabrielle has severely affected services in New Zealand. 

fulfilment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Direct injection International services at this time: No delays

Aramex: 

Services are affected in Albury, Capricorn Coast and Wollongong. Read more about Aramex disruptions here.

Australia Post:

Delays are expected for delivery services between Croydon and Karumba, due to flooded roads. Affected postcodes include 4890, 4891 and 4892.

New Zealand Post: 

Following Cyclone Gabrielle, we are still experiencing delays in transporting items between locations that remain affected by limited road access. We are currently operating an altered schedule based on road opening times, and reduced capacity due to heavy vehicle restrictions in certain areas. Read more on New Zealand Post’s website.

Asia

fulfilment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Direct injection International services at this time: No delays

US & Canada

The Governor of California declared a state of emergency for 13 counties across California due to ongoing winter storms on the same day. The affected counties are Amador, Kern, Los Angeles, Madera, Mariposa, Mono, Nevada, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Sierra, Sonoma, and Tulare. The warning will remain in effect until further notice. Customers should anticipate disruptions to business and transportation operations in affected areas.

Canada

Severe snow storms continue to affect parts of Canada including Corner Brook N.L. Read more here.

fulfilment services: Remain unaffected by delays and same day dispatch is being met as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Shipping services: Operational and as per SLAs.

UK

FedEx:

Due to the runway closure at Stansted Airport (UK), we are adjusting our regular service schedules on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for both FedEx and TNT international inbound shipments to minimize the impact on our customers. Stansted Airport will be closing their runway overnight for resurfacing works from 8 January to 25 March 2023. We have contingency plans in place to minimize disruption to our operations over this period, which include: 

  • Areas of the South East of England will not receive early morning or noon deliveries. End of day delivery commitment remains. 
  • Areas of Dublin, Ireland will not receive early morning or noon deliveries. End of day delivery commitment remains.

fulfilment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

International from the UK: We are seeing slight delays for DDU, not DDP deliveries, where there is an IOSS number. Average delivery times of 5-8 day are now taking 8-11 days. We encourage all customers to have their IOSS number as this helps with improving the clearance process to deliver into the EU.

EU

A nationwide strike in France is due to take place on Tuesday 7 March. As a result of this, the port of Calais may close and the Eurotunnel will face high demand from the evening of Monday 6 March through to the morning of Wednesday 8 March.

fulfilment services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Inbound Receiving services: Operational and as per SLAs.

Freight Forwarding Update:

Sea freight - Asia to north America

We’ve seen a slight drop in pricing for LCL and FCL, however rates are still elevated. 

Space: We continue to experience space issues with most carriers

Booking: We recommend booking well and truly in advance (5-6 weeks), we cannot guarantee that the space will always be available.

Sea Freight - Asia- Europe

Rates are still at record highs, although they have gone down slightly. 

Space: Continues to be a concern

Booking: We recommend booking well and truly in advance (5-6 weeks).

Sea Freight - Asia - Australia

Pricing is still relatively elevated.

Space: Continues to be a concern

Booking: We recommend booking in advance (4-5 weeks).

Air freight

COVID-19 and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues to impact services and limit capacities globally.

Direct injection

B360 has its own Direct Injection network that runs from Sydney to the US, Hong Kong to Europe, Hong Kong to Australia and Hong Kong to the US. These channels are still very reliable, with transit times on average being 4-8 days, we see no changes as per the SLAs at this time.

To learn more about any of our updates or to make carrier changes, please reach out to us today.