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FIGS overview

Freight Information Gathering System (FIGS)

We have developed FIGS to provide an overview of freight movements around New Zealand, including containerised freight, rail freight, and bulk coastal freight.

FIGS builds on information currently provided by Stats NZ, while making valuable new information on freight movements available for the first time.

Stats NZ(external link)(external link) 

The information is updated 4 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: 

KiwiRail provided rail data, and shows nationwide freight movements by region and by commodity, in both tonnes and tonne-kilometres. 

KiwiRail(external link)(external link)

Recent changes

  • 12/01/2021 Overseas ship visits 2020Q3 published
  • 21/12/2020 Rail 2020Q2 and 2020Q3 published
  • 15/12/2020 Containers 2020Q3 published
  • 14/12/2020 Coastal bulk cargo 2020Q2 and 2020Q3 published
  • 6/11/2020 Port container handling 2020Q3 published
  • 16/07/2020 Trade 2019Q4 published
  • 24/07/2020 Coastal bulk 20Q1 published

Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have experienced significant delays in getting data from our various data providers and have had restricted access to our own internal systems. As at 23 October 2020, we identified a minor bug in our processing of the containers data. This has now been fixed and updated on 5/11/2020. 


Contact us for any FIGS enquiries.