New Zealand’s Kotahi and Maersk sign a second long term freight agreement

May 22 2024 Print This Article

Kotahi, New Zealand’s largest containerised freight manager and A.P. Moller – Maersk (Maersk), a global integrated logistics company, have signed a second long term freight agreement to December 2034, providing New Zealand international trade with a stable, resilient and sustainable global supply chain, for primary industry exporters.

“Global supply chain disruptions, from pandemic, geopolitical and climatic events are becoming the norm. An ongoing freight partnership, with Maersk, will provide New Zealand’s international trade with resilience and agility to navigate these issues into the future.

The magnitude of this agreement is big, even by global standards, with an estimated NZ$160 billion value of primary export products given greater certainty and capability around delivery to market. The long-term agreement provides our shareholders, and exporters on our platform, with a backbone shipping network for reliable services to key export locations. During the peak of the Covid-19 disruption, Maersk was the standout carrier in choosing to bring additional vessel capacity and containers to New Zealand, which grew the capacity pie for the whole export market. This is an exciting partnership with Maersk It enabled New Zealand exporters to stay competitive on the world stage and we look forward to the next 10 years.”

David Ross, Chief Executive of Kotahi

A decade ago, Kotahi and Maersk embarked on a ground-breaking collaboration with the purpose of providing greater reliability to New Zealand ocean logistics, focusing on New Zealand exporters’ needs.

Ten years later the results are in, together the partnership has shipped 1.8 million TEU or 23 million tonnes of New Zealand cargo to market, the majority being primary industry exports including dairy, meat, seafood, horticulture and forestry, through some challenging conditions.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with Kotahi, reaffirming our commitment to supporting New Zealand's international trade and ensuring the resilience of its supply chains. Over the past decade, our collaboration has been instrumental in providing reliable and efficient ocean logistics solutions for New Zealand exporters, and we anticipate sustaining this momentum and further advancing our shared objectives in the years ahead.”

Vincent Clerc, CEO of A.P. Moller-Maersk

Anna Palairet, Chief Operating Officer at Fonterra, New Zealand’s largest exporter of dairy products, welcomes the deal saying it is great news for New Zealand:

“Despite significant pressure on global supply chains over the past few years, Fonterra and many other New Zealand companies, have been able to keep products moving. We’re looking forward to seeing what this next decade of partnership between Kotahi and Maersk brings.”

Anna Palairet, Chief Operating Officer at Fonterra

Together with Maersk’s carrier network, Kotahi managed Fonterra’s record export shipments without the need to use more expensive, non-containerised freight options. The collaborative partnership was also able to help many export customers get their product into markets when they had no other options.

Having recently inaugurated a state-of-the-art cold-store facility in Ruakura, Maersk is dedicated to furthering support by investing in local infrastructure and fostering collaboration with customers in the country. Through its continued partnership with Kotahi, Maersk demonstrates its long -term commitment, and the collaboration is expected to bring New Zealand's supply chain to the next level by integrated logistics solutions, technology-enabled logistics and sustainability.