Kiwirail is looking to improve the movement of congested freight, particularly in and around the North Island.
New ways are being explored. Kiwirail is working with CentrePort to try and improve the infrastructure for the movement of freight.
“A combination of factors including industrial action at Australian ports and disruption in other key markets has combined with the annual pre-Christmas freight rush and peak export season to create immense pressure in New Zealand’s domestic supply chain,” says KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller.
“The effect is that in some cases ships are trying to unload at ports that are already congested.”
KiwiRail was encouraging customers to pick up their freight from its Southdown container terminal, which is in Auckland as quick as possible to ease further congestion. They are looking to put on additional trains where it is needed and where possible.
Wellington City's container port is also going to be preparing in playing its part in releasing pressure off of Auckland's Southdown container terminal.
“CentrePort is collaborating with KiwiRail to provide a solution to the supply chain challenge.
“CentrePort has the capacity to process additional cargo from ships unloading in Wellington. Working with KiwiRail, the freight would be put on northbound trains to get to their ultimate destination in a timely manner,” Mr Nind says.
Image: CC/ Sam Hudson
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