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New Zealand’s 5 Most Important Ports

New Zealand attracts many traders and importers, and because it has about 34 ports, and choosing the right port may play an essential role in determining the profit of your trade, we will help you today by talking about the most important ports in New Zealand that you can rely on in your import process.

First: Tauranga Port

You’ve probably heard of Tauranga Port, New Zealand’s largest and most efficient port, with container ships in excess of 950,000 TEUs (twenty feet of equivalent units).

The port is a natural waterway between Matakana Island and Mount Monganui. The mountain side contains 12 berths that serve the general needs of the port as well as cargo such as timber, liquids and coal, while the island side includes 3 berths dedicated to containers including refrigerated products.

The port handles different types of vessels, including container ships (30%), bulk carriers (26%), oil or chemical tankers (9%), sailing vessels (8%), and pleasure craft (8%).

Tauranga Port facilities include New Zealand’s largest container terminal, spacious bulk berths, storage facilities and fuel berths, and provides its customers with huge supply chains by investing in regional ports and inland cargo hubs, cargo handling and logistics.

Second: Auckland Port

It is New Zealand’s largest trading container and international trade port, stretching over 82 hectares between the ports of Waitimata in the east and Manukau in the southwest.

The port of Auckland is Australia’s busiest, has the third largest container terminal, has 55 hectares of dedicated storage areas, and is committed to zero emissions by 2040.

The port handles several types of vessels, including container ships by 19%, pleasure craft by 18%, sailing ships by 15%, vehicle carriers by 9%, and passengers by 8%.

The port has two container terminals and 3 berths for container ships, and the terminals are equipped with cargo handling and container tracking systems, as well as 6 berths with a length of 3 kilometers and multiple cargo handling capacities.

Third: Wellington Harbor

New Zealand’s most strategic port for international trade, and the third largest container port in New Zealand, the port includes a fully equipped container terminal, dedicated traditional shipping berths, container repair and storage warehouse, and specialized container packing and unloading service.

The Port of Wellington also has facilities equipped to handle and store specialist cargoes such as bulk powders, forest products, fresh produce and bulk liquids, including chemicals and oil.

The port handles different types of vessels, such as sailing vessels by 18%, container ships by about 13%, bulk carriers by 12%, pleasure craft by 11%, and oil or chemical tankers by 9%.

Fourth: Napier Port

The port is the shipping gateway connecting central New Zealand with people and markets around the world, handling over 600 ships, more than 3.9 million tonnes of cargo, and around 250,000 TEUs.

The port is the fourth in terms of container capacity after the ports of Tauranga, Auckland and Littleton, where the port’s berths were expanded to 6 berths, helping to attract an increasing number of vessels of large sizes.

It handles various types of vessels, including bulk carriers by 28%, container ships by about 26%, oil or chemical tankers by 10%, sailing ships by 5%, pleasure craft by 5%.

Fifth: Lyttleton Port

It is the largest port in southern New Zealand, handling about 61% of all imports, and 34% of total exports in terms of value, and the port has an oil storage terminal, and a large container and bulk cargo terminal.

The Port of Littleton handles several vessels, such as container ships by 25%, bulk carriers by about 14%, sailing vessels by 11%, oil or chemical tankers by 9%, and vehicle carriers by 4%.

What is the importance of choosing the right port?

Choosing the right port helps to reduce your cost, as you can adopt the port closest to you, and thus save yourself the costs of internal transportation, but do not make saving money reach the point of risking the arrival of goods late, especially urgent ones, and here choose a port far away but it offers direct shipping service.

The right port gives you speed and reliability in delivering goods to your customers, which is related to the infrastructure and equipment that the port has, for example, deep ports give increasing importance to the port as they allow the passage of increasing numbers of ships and large volumes as well.

The right port adds efficiency to your import process, especially those ports that have introduced technology to their shipment tracking and booking operations, as technology contributes to improving business processes and reducing human error.

Choosing the right port also makes customs procedures easier for you, which differ from one port to another, so look for ports that have customs regulations that are easier to deal with certain goods, depending on the type of goods you want to import.Finally, keep in mind and remember, choosing one port for your business operations is an easy option, but importing products through multiple ports allows you to serve your customers better, so find everything that is best for you and your customers.

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