The Kaikoura earthquake created significant issues for the lower North Island’s transport infrastructure when it damaged CentrePort’s container terminal.
Within days of the earthquake, Napier Port extended its free demurrage period to quake-affected businesses, initially to day of discharge (DOD) + 8 days, then as the situation became clearer we again extended to DOD + 13 days to ease pressure on businesses facing huge disruption. Based on feedback we understand these extensions were greatly appreciated.
Three months on, importers, exporters and the transport industry are coming to terms with alternative arrangements – be they temporary or permanent for the foreseeable future.
After extensive consultation with importers over the last three weeks, we are confident that, in the main, the supply chain has adapted to the new environment. With expectations of 2017’s peak export reefer season being even larger than last year, we will need to process import cargo more promptly and ensure overall dwell times are reduced.
We want to give industry plenty of notice that Napier Port will soon be returning to its standard free demurrage period, which is day of discharge + 3 days. This will be effective from Monday, March 6th.
We understand there are still businesses feeling the impact of changing ports and all the resulting trickle down effects. In exceptional circumstances we are still willing to look at demurrage assistance so please contact Steve Young or Andrew Palairet in these instances.