Next generation shipping

NZMP ingredients will now be delivered even faster to our North Asian customers and consumers

NZMP ingredients will now be delivered even faster to our North Asian customers and consumers - thanks to a partnership enabling a new generation of export shipping vessel to make port in New Zealand.


The largest container ship to ever come to New Zealand will arrive in Tauranga in October thanks to Fonterra’s partnership with Kotahi, Maersk and the Ports of Tauranga.

Previously, Tauranga Port’s infrastructure couldn’t support such a large vessel coming into New Zealand. But following significant investment and collaboration from each of the partners, this larger and more efficient vessel can now have safe passage.

“It’s an incredibly exciting moment for both Fonterra and the wider New Zealand supply chain industry,” says Fonterra’s Global Supply Chain General Manager Chris Foord.

Ports of Tauranga have purchased a newer and larger crane and dredged their channel to enable this larger vessel to come in to the port.

“This Maersk service makes for faster shipping time into North Asia which means our products arrive fresher to our customers and consumers. Plus, the bigger vessels are more modern and fuel efficient, reducing our carbon footprint.”

Transit time on board the massive container ship is significantly reduced, lowering the Tauranga, New Zealand to Kaohsiung, Taiwan leg from an average of twenty four days to just fourteen, before continuing on to unload at ports in China, South Korea and Japan.

The new generation vessel has capacity for 9,500 twenty foot containers and will carry a range of Fonterra’s much loved dairy – including NZMP - from New Zealand to the world each week.