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.

Reports are released four times each year, and follow 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.

Oil carried by coastal shipping is also included in the quarterly reports, and movements since 2009 are displayed to allow for the following of trends. 

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What has changed?

  • 28/7/17 Rail 2017Q2 added
  • 25/6/17 Trade 2016Q4 added
  • 5/5/17 Container data 2017Q1 published
  • 21/4/17 Trade 2016Q3 added
  • 10/4/17 Rail 2017Q1 published
  • 7/4/17 NEW 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 added
  • 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 Jun 2017


View the LATEST Freight Information for ContainerS - updateD May 5  2017

Oversea ship visits

View the LATEST Overseas Ship Visit Information - updated Apr 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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