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OCT 04 2017
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Inter-Island Freight Update and Forecast by Mainfreight

Good morning

On 18th September KiwiRail announced the partial reinstatement of rail services linking Picton and Christchurch.  At the time we expressed caution around the optimism of this announcement given the fragility of the coast, and the scale of the remediation task.

We applaud KiwiRail’s commitment to battling this challenge however the facts are that since the publicised ceremony, only two further trains have actually transited this entire route in the last 16 days.  The impact of this is that we unfortunately have not had access to a viable rail alternative, and remain reliant on road and coastal freight options at this time.

Last year we were able to move the increased seasonal volume in October and early November without disruption, utilising all three modes of coast, road and rail up until the Kaikoura event of 14th November.

This year, there is a strong likelihood that we may not have that luxury, and so we caution customers to consider allowing an extra day’s transit between Islands, while we manage the increased freight flows through the limited channels available, especially southbound freight which traditionally makes up 60% of inter-Island volumes.

We will continue to keep you updated as news comes to hand, so that transit time expectations are realistic, and to assist your supply chain planning.

Regards

Mainfreight Group

  

Good morning

On 18th September KiwiRail announced the partial reinstatement of rail services linking Picton and Christchurch.  At the time we expressed caution around the optimism of this announcement given the fragility of the coast, and the scale of the remediation task.

We applaud KiwiRail’s commitment to battling this challenge however the facts are that since the publicised ceremony, only two further trains have actually transited this entire route in the last 16 days.  The impact of this is that we unfortunately have not had access to a viable rail alternative, and remain reliant on road and coastal freight options at this time.

Last year we were able to move the increased seasonal volume in October and early November without disruption, utilising all three modes of coast, road and rail up until the Kaikoura event of 14th November.

This year, there is a strong likelihood that we may not have that luxury, and so we caution customers to consider allowing an extra day’s transit between Islands, while we manage the increased freight flows through the limited channels available, especially southbound freight which traditionally makes up 60% of inter-Island volumes.

We will continue to keep you updated as news comes to hand, so that transit time expectations are realistic, and to assist your supply chain planning.

Regards

Mainfreight Group

  

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