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

  • 14/03/18 Trade 2017Q3 published
  • 08/02/18 Containers 2017Q4 published
  • 29/01/18 Port container handling and coastal bulk cargo 2017Q4 published
  • 16/01/18 Overseas ship visits 2017Q4 published
  • 10/01/18 Rail 2017Q4 published

View the full list of changes [PDF, 117 KB]

For any FIGS enquiries, or to subscribe to updates of when the latest data becomes available please email  


View the latest trade information to the September 2017 quarter

Coastal bulk cargo

View the latest coastal bulk cargo information to the December 2017 quarter


View the latest container information to the December 2017 quarter

Overseas ship visits

View the latest overseas ship visit information to the December 2017 quarter

Port container handling

View the latest port container handling information to the December 2017 quarter


View the latest rail information to the December 2017 quarter

Previous FIGS reports and data

Port container handling information is available via the Ministry's transport indicators: