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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

  • 6/10/2022 Port container handling published till 22Q2
  • 22/08/2022 Rail 22Q2 published in new format
  • 08/08/2022 Containers 22Q2 published
  • 20/06/2022 Port container handling published till 22Q1
  • 10/06/2022 Overseas ship visits published till 22Q1
  • 1/06/2022 Containers and Rail 22Q1 published
  • 27/05/2022 Supply chain dashboard updated to Apr 2022. 
  • 24/03/2022 Overseas ship visits published till 21Q4
  • 17/02/2022 Rail 21Q4 published
  • 10/02/2022 Port container handling 21Q4 published
  • 23/12/2021 Port container handling 21Q2 and 21Q3 published
  • 29/11/2021 Containers 21Q3 published
  • 29/11/2021 Rail 21Q3 published
  • 17/09/2021 Rail 21Q2 published
  • 15/09/2021 Containers 21Q2 published
  • 29/06/2021 Rail bug corrected. Rail data updated till 2021Q1
  • 27/05/2021 Port container handling 2021Q1 published
  • 25/05/2021 Bug affecting metrics in Rail dashboards (affected period: 2018Q3 - present). Correction in progress. Please wait until an update has been posted before using this data. 
  • 21/05/2021 Coastal bulk cargo 2021Q1 published
  • 17/05/21 Containers 21Q1 published
  • 21/04/21 Overseas ship visits 2020Q4 published
  • 16/03/2021 Rail 2020Q4 published
  • 22/02/2021 Port container handling 2020Q4 published
  • 18/02/2021 Coastal bulk cargo 2020Q4 published
  • 3/02/2021 Trade 2020Q4 published. Q4 provisional.

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. 

Key changes

  • 22/08/2022 After discussions and development including some of our key stakeholders, FIGS rail dashboard has moved to a new publishing paradigm that emphasises easy access to insights. The old dashboard has been decomissioned. This new paradigm will be continue to be developed over 22Q3 to provide more insights. Please provide any thoughts or suggestions to 
  • The Awanuia barge that shipped fuel to Auckland has ceased operation. The last voyage was 27 October 2020.


Contact us for any FIGS enquiries.