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 MNZ on changes to Maritime and Oil Pollution Levies (2023)

New Zealand Shipping Federation submission to Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) on proposed changes to the Maritime and Oil Pollution Levies.

The Funding Review is focused on the Maritime Levies and Oil Pollution Levies, and covers the period 2024-2030. It is a rescheduled mid-point review, that the Government agreed to delay due to COVID-19 impacts. MNZ are proposing increases to the Maritime Levies and Oil Pollution Levies to ensure they have sufficient and sustainable funding.

The Shipping Federation broadly supports the proposed changes.

View our submission here:

Submission to MNZ on changes to the Maritime and Oil Pollution Levies.