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 Stats NZ(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.

The information contains data from New Zealand’s largest container ports; Ports of Auckland(external link), Port of Tauranga(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.

Recent changes

  • 10/12/2018 Containers 2018Q3 published
  • 7/11/2018 Trade 2018Q2 published
  • 30/10/2018 Port container handling 2018Q3 published
  • 23/10/2018 Coastal bulk cargo 2018Q3 published
  • 17/10/2018 Overseas ship visits 2018Q3 published
  • 16/10/2018 Rail 2018Q3 published

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View the latest trade information to the June 2018 quarter

Coastal bulk cargo

View the latest coastal bulk cargo information to the September 2018 quarter


View the latest container information to the September 2018 quarter

Overseas ship visits

View the latest overseas ship visit information to the September 2018 quarter

Port container handling

View the latest port container handling information to the September 2018 quarter


View the latest rail information to the September 2018 quarter

Previous FIGS reports and data