Media Release: RFNSW seeks a ‘please explain’ on new air cargo tax

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has sought an urgent meeting with QUBE Logistics to clarify how its new ‘International Terminal Fee’ will impact on truck companies transporting air freight cargo.

QUBE has advised that from October 9, it will impose a $30 fee at its container freight station terminals in Sydney and other capital cities, blaming “higher rent, land tax and energy costs, increased labour and property maintenance costs.”

General Manager Simon O’Hara said RFNSW had already written to QUBE, requesting an urgent meeting in order to receive further details on the new surcharge.

“There’s been no consultation with RFNSW, so it’s important that we sit down with QUBE and ask them for a please explain,” Mr O’Hara said.

“QUBE has advised that that the fee will be payable at the time a shipment is collected and billed per gate pass, but we still need clarification about how it’s actually going to work.

“We’re obviously concerned that any additional impost will cause further cash flow issues for our members who have already experienced financial losses as a result of recent port taxes unjustifiably imposed on them by stevedores.

“RFNSW is asking QUBE to engage with industry before this new fee is added to supply chain costs,” Mr O’Hara said.