UPDATE: 1400hrs on Saturday 28 March
Northport continues to work with authorities, shipping companies, stevedoring and other port service providers to identify and prioritise freight deemed as essential.
These include kiwifruit exports, cement for essential infrastructure construction projects, animal feed, fertilisers for agriculture and horticulture, and liquid CO2 used in the food and drink industry and to support Northland’s dairy plants and water treatment facilities.
Ministry of Transport agree that it is important to free up wharf space for possible future storage of essential imports, or to assist the relief of congestion at other NZ ports.
At this time non-essential freight such as log exports will continue for as long as port workers are on site and able to handle essential cargo as a priority.
The health and safety of essential workers is paramount and port workers are no exception. They and their families have our thanks and our full support.