Category: New-Zealand

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch released the below at 1800 last night (23rd February)

“An assessment of container assets is that wharves have held up well, but there are urgent minor works to be done. We are aiming to have limited operations available within 3-4 days. Our current best estimate to get back to our previous operation service levels prior to the 6.3 quake is in 10 days. .
We regret to advise that receival and delivery is currently suspended but expect to be operational within 24 hours.”

Road Transport – The Lyttelton tunnel is still closed (except for emergency vehicles) so access to the port will still be very limited at best.  At this stage our road transport carriers are hoping to be partially operational on Monday 28th.  Please note that the expected backlog at the Port along with the condition of the roads is expected to increase turnaround times.

Rail – Most lines are now open.

On behalf of Australia Post, Freightways will deliver parcels in New Zealand instead of rival Courier Post which previously held the delivery arrangements.

Freightways Managing Director Dean Bracewell said Australia Post was the biggest parcel mover in this part of the world and like all postal operators was moving more and more into the international package industry.

-Helen Twose,  NZPA

We have been advised that the Toll Group announced on Friday October 23, 2009 its acquistion of Express Logistics Group (ELG).

ELG is one of New Zealand’s largest freight forwarding companies, operating 12 freight forwarding branches across New Zealand, Australia and the USA.

For further information concerning the announcement, you can view the document in PDF format from the Australian Stock Exchange website.