Benefits of shipping:
Resilience for natural disasters or emergencies.
Ships carry hazardous / dangerous cargo more safely than road, rail and air.
15% of New Zealand's inter-regional freight is carried by sea
Ships can handle oversized, heavy and bulky cargo that road, rail and air can't.
Freight volumes are forecast to increase 50% by 2040.
It won't all fit onto our roads!
New Zealand’s total freight task: 278.7 million tonnes.
Coastal shipping carries approx 10 million tonnes (3.5%).
1.15m people are transported across the Cook Strait every year
The volume of domestic freight moved by shipping has increased 50% over the last 10 years.
Approx $28 billion road and rail freight is shipped between the North and South Islands each year
1 standard container Auckland to Christchurch:
road: $2200-$3000
rail: $1300 - $1900
ship: $850 - $1300
418,470 containers are moved around the NZ coast per annum
Shipping: one-eighth the emissions of road per tonne of freight moved
Benefits of shipping:
Lower emissions per tonne of freight moved.
Increasing total freight carried by ship by just 2% would reduce total transport emissions by 16%.
Benefits of shipping:
Greater control over our domestic supply chains.
Shipping: 60% the emissions of rail per tonne of freight moved
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Submission to MBIE on extending the 28-day deemed visa period (2023)

New Zealand Shipping Federation submission to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) on extending the New Zealand electronic travel authority (NZeTA) and the deemed visa period.

The New Zealand Shipping Federation strongly opposes any extension to the deemed visa period.

Extending the deemed visa period for cargo ships would undermine the commercial viability and long-term health of the domestic coastal shipping fleet at a time when Government is looking to domestic coastal shipping operators to:

  1. play a vital role in ensuring domestic supply chains
  2. provide resilience in the event of natural or environmental events and disasters, and
  3. contribute to lowering New Zealand transport emissions (as outlined in the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan).

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