New Zealand

Connecting New Zealand to the world

MSC opened its first New Zealand office in 1996. Today the agency has grown to over 70 employees nationwide, spread over both the North and South Islands, with our head office based in Christchurch. We have built a strong expertise in fields such as dairy, meat, fruits, beverages, and other food products, as well as paper materials, forest products and minerals. 

Our local presence, together with an understanding of local needs and an ability to swiftly respond to client enquiries, is the key to our success. MSC’s strength in New Zealand is also seen in our diverse and reliable services across both sea and land, our container availability, and specialised reefer services.

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Detention, Demurrage, and Storage in New Zealand

What is detention?

Detention is interchangeable with Container Hire but also applies when unit is with Customer due to our Combined Tariff for freetime, not restricted to Terminal/Depot.

What is demurrage?

Demurrage as Terminal/Depot Storage is not something many Countries offer, Australia/New Zealand do not although we are asked often.

Questions about detention, demurrage, Per Diem or storage charges?

For further information please contact your local MSC team.

VGM information for New Zealand

What is VGM?

Verified Gross Mass or VGM refers to the exact, verified weight of a packed container. For safety reasons, vessel operators can only load a container if its weight has been verified.
In line with SOLAS (Safety of Lives at Sea) regulations, all marine terminals are now allowed to use their certified scales to record Verified Gross Mass (VGM) of shipments.

Government approval status

  • National body in New Zealand is MNZ (Maritime New Zealand)
  • All verified weighing equipment within New Zealand must be certified by the Trading Standards Division of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
  • All container terminals have announced across the board that no container will be gated in without certified VGM.

What do I need to include in my VGM instructions?

New Zealand terminals will require the following items to be declared in Pre Receival Advices (PRA) prior to containers being accepted into the terminal.
The following items are mandatory and must be on all VGM instructions

  • Booking number
  • Container number
  • Verified Gross Mass
  • Declaration that the VGM has been calculated using one of the approved methods and being submitted by an authorized party on behalf of the shipper.
  • Weight Calculation Method
  • Verification Date
  • Name of Declarant
  • Company
  • Either Phone or Email Address

How can I submit my VGM instructions? 

Refer to individual terminal notices on how to submit PRA/VGM.

Deadlines for sending your VGM instructions

VGM must be declared when submitting the PRA, prior to containers being delivered to the terminal. 

Admin Fees and costs

  • Some NZ terminals will apply a fee to accept manual submission for VGM information.
  • Any weighbridge, transport or other cost incurred to determine the VGM is for shipper’s account.
  • If shipper presents container at a terminal without having declared the VGM, the container will not be accepted, and any associated costs will be to shipper’s account.
  • If an amendment to a VGM is requested after the container has been accepted into the terminal, any costs incurred will be to shipper’s account

Recommendations for submitting your VGM instructions

  • Determine the weight calculation method that is most suitable for your cargo.
  • Ensure that appropriately trained and authorized personnel are responsible for the calculation and submission of the VGM.
  • Ensure that appropriate record keeping is in place.
  • Register for for access to container tare weights if necessary

List of Ports and Terminals

Ports and terminals
Below are some of the main New Zealand ports and terminals, with local teams available to support our customers.

 Port Terminal 
 Auckland Fergusson Container Terminal
 Bluff Bluff Island Harbour Container Terminal 
 Lyttelton Lyttelton Container Terminal
 Marsden Point Northport
 Napier Napier Port Container Terminal
 Nelson Port Nelson Container Terminal
 Port Chalmers Port Chalmers Container Terminal
 Tauranga Tauranga Port Container Terminal
 Wellington Centreport Container Terminal


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