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 the Productivity Commission on improving economic resilience (2023)

New Zealand Shipping Federation submission to the New Zealand Productivity Commission on the consultation paper Improving Economic Resilience: Enhancing economic resilience of industries and communities to persistent supply chain disruptions.

Coastal shipping provides an essential capability when it comes to the resilience and diversity of the supply chains that support our businesses and communities. It:

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

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