Ports play a crucial role in the movement of freight into, out of and through out New Zealand. Merchandise exports are 21 percent of New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product. The vast majority of these exports, 99.6 percent (over 31 million tonnes) pass through our ports, as well as 99.5 percent of imports (some 19 million tonnes).
As highlighted in Connecting New Zealand released in August 2011, part of the government’s priorities in maritime transport are focusing on port productivity, and improving public information about the performance of maritime and freight transport.
Given the lack of hard information about port productivity at New Zealand ports, in February 2011 the Ministry of Transport agreed with port companies to produce a study on the productivity of container operations at New Zealand ports. Six ports participated in this exercise – Auckland, Tauranga, Napier, CentrePort Wellington, Lyttelton and Otago. These ports handle over 90 percent of container volumes through New Zealand ports.
With data from these ports, the Ministry produced a report on container productivity performance in New Zealand. The report sets out the background to the study, the approach used, an explanation of performance measures involved, the results at the six ports, comparisons with Australian ports, some comparisons with other international ports, and a glossary explaining some of the terminology involved.
Download the Ministry’s report on container productivity (PDF, 3.5mb)