The Ministry of Transport has developed the Freight Information Gathering System to provide an overview of freight movements around New Zealand, including containerised freight, rail freight, and bulk coastal freight.

The Freight Information Gathering System builds on information currently provided by Statistics New Zealand(external link) while making valuable new information on freight movements available for the first time.

The information is updated four times a year, and follows a consistent collection methodology to allow for tracking movements and trends across time.

Reports contain data from New Zealand’s ten largest container ports; Ports of Auckland(external link), Port of Tauranga(external link), Port Taranaki(external link), Port of Napier(external link), Port Nelson(external link), CentrePort(external link), Lyttelton Port of Christchurch(external link), PrimePort Timaru(external link), Port Otago(external link) and South Port(external link).

Rail data has been provided by KiwiRail(external link), and shows nationwide freight movements by region and by commodity, in both tonnes and tonne-kilometres.

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What has changed?

  • 12/10/17 Rail 2017Q3 published
  • 5/9/17 Overseas ship visits 2017Q2 published
  • 25/8/17 Container data 2017Q2 published
  • 21/8/17 Trade 2017Q1 published
  • 28/7/17 Rail 2017Q2 publised
  • 25/6/17 Trade 2016Q4 publised
  • 5/5/17 Container data 2017Q1 published
  • 21/4/17 Trade 2016Q3 publised
  • 10/4/17 Rail 2017Q1 published
  • 7/4/17 Overseas ship visits 2016Q4 published
  • 26/2/17 Container data republished - one week of September data went missing between the Q3 and Q4 reports
  • 23/2/17 Rail - origin-destination time series tables published
  • 20/2/17 Port container handling statistics 2016Q4 published
  • 17/2/17 Rail 2016Q4 published
  • 16/2/17 Container data 2016Q4 published


View the latest Freight Information for RaiL - updateD JUL 2017 


View the latest TRADE Information - updated AUG 2017


View the LATEST Freight Information for ContainerS - updateD AUG 25  2017

Oversea ship visits

View the LATEST Overseas Ship Visit Information - updated Sep 2017

Port container handling

View the latest freight information for port conTainer handling

Supplementary report

Empty container movements - June 2015 [PDF, 343 KB]

Empty container movements - December 2014 [PDF, 307 KB]

Previous FIGS reports and data

FIGS reports

FIGS data

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