BRi Update -Covid Lockdown -Brown Marmorated Stink Bug - Ningbo Port Closure


Dear Valued Customer,


Following the Governments instructions last night New Zealand has moved into Alert Level 4, due to positive COVID-19 cases being identified in the community.

The initial lockdown period has been set as four days for New Zealand, and seven days for Auckland and the Coromandel Peninsula.

BRi would firstly like to extend our thoughts to all – Please keep yourselves safe, look out for each other, and know we’ve gotten through these situations together in the past, and will again once more.

BRi has for the past couple of months been operating a Work From Home (WFH) program with our staff, and as such our staff are safe, set-up for a seamless transition to WFH, and remain fully accessible through all the usual contact methods to fulfil your supply chain requirements during these times.


We would like to remind you of the upcoming BMSB season for 2021.

The season encompasses departures from the 1st of September 2021 through to arrivals into New Zealand to the 30th of April 2022.

The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has confirmed this season will be the same as last, with addition of Poland being added to the high-risk countries/ origin category.

For the latest information on BMSB requirements, please refer to the MPI website via the link below:








Some off container terminals at Port of Ningbo have experienced recent disruptions resulting from COVID-19 community cases within the terminals which has seen the suspension of operations at effected terminals, and redirection of services to other neighbouring ports such as Shanghai etc.

Similar to what we experienced in the recent Yantian port closures again the result of COVID outbreaks in the surrounding areas liners are actively diverting vessels, and implementing blank sailings in an attempt to retain their schedule integrity – These actions and the terminal disruptions in Ningbo places further pressure on the available services into and out of Ningbo at the moment, and we expect to see continued service delays into and out of this area accordingly.

On the plus side though, news out of China overnight does however suggest that the Meishan Island Container Terminal in Ningbo will partially reopen within days.

We will keep you updated on the situation as circumstances continue to evolve accordingly.


BRi focus along with the safety of our staff, client and partners is for your supply chains to be handled proactively with as minimum disruption as possible.

We thank you for you continued support and time, and if you’ve any quires please feel free to contact your account manager in the first instance

Keep yourselves safe, look out for each other and keep in touch.

Keeping You Informed!

BR International

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