International freight transport services

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The Government has asked the Productivity Commission to undertake an inquiry into international freight transport services.

As set out in the Terms of Reference, the key high-level questions for the inquiry are:

  • what are the factors influencing the accessibility and efficiency of international freight transport services available to New Zealand firms; and
  • are there opportunities for changes in New Zealand’s infrastructure and regulatory regimes that could increase the accessibility and efficiency of international freight transport services for New Zealand firms?

In answering these questions the Commission has been asked to pay particular attention to:

  • the effects of New Zealand’s distance from overseas markets and reliance on overseas providers of international freight transport services;
  • the costs, efficiency, productivity level and growth of all components of New Zealand’s international freight services supply chain, with international comparisons; and
  • the effectiveness of current regulatory regimes (including those in the Civil Aviation Act 1990 and Shipping Act 1987) and the potential costs and benefits of alternative regulatory arrangements, with international comparisons.

Inquiry process

The inquiry involves a series of milestones including multiple opportunities for public input. Terms of reference have been provided by the Government. An issues paper has been completed identifying the issues that need to be considered during the inquiry in greater detail. Members of the public and other interested parties have an opportunity to make formal submissions commenting on the issues paper and these will be incorporated into a draft report along with analysis completed and commissioned by the Productivity Commission. There will then be another round of community engagement before completion of our final report.

Key inquiry dates

Receipt of Terms of Reference: 1 April 2011
Issues paper submissions due: 31 August 2011
Release of draft report: 12 January 2011 
Draft report submissions due: 27 February 2012
Final report to Government: 1 April 2012

Inquiry contacts

For further information about the inquiry please contact:

Administrative matters

T: (04) 903 5167

Other matters: Geoff Lewis, Inquiry Director

T: (04) 903 5157

Inquiry email address


Postal address for submissions

International Freight Transport Services inquiry New Zealand Productivity Commission
Level 15, Fujitsu Tower 141 The Terrace
PO Box 8036 WELLINGTON 6143

Commission website