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Representatives and business members from peak industry organisations Road Freight NSW (RFNSW), the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), Western Roads Federation and the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Limited (CBFCA) have met with NSW Minister for Transport and Roads, Andrew Constance, as part of their campaign to fight spiralling port access charges.
The Alliance provided Minister Constance with a presentation on the history, method of charging and recent developments in relation to the ‘Infrastructure Surcharge’ that continues to be applied by each of the stevedores that are based in Australia’s main ports.
Industry’s concerns were outlined, with port charges now comprising between 12% to 20% of total average stevedore revenue – funded by the forcing of these charges onto the Australian economy, in an uncontrolled and unregulated manner.
These charges alone generated a total of $167 million in revenue for these stevedores, up a massive 63% from 2017-18.
Total landside charges levied onto Australian based industry operators, of which the ‘Infrastructure Surcharge’ forms part of, now make up close to 29% on average, of revenue for these stevedores, with these costs now spiralling out of control on what appears to be an endless upwards race to prop-up stevedore revenue lost to overseas shipping lines, to the direct detriment of the Australian economy.
Spokesperson Simon O’Hara said the Alliance was thankful that the Minister and his advisors had listened to the concerns of industry about the spiralling charges and are now hopeful of a ‘positive outcome’ for transport operators, customs brokers, international freight forwarders, importers and exporters and their clients, in the lead-up to Christmas.
Road Freight NSW began as ATA NSW in 1893. The organisation has developed to become a respected advocate for trucking operators, as a conduit to government, regulators and enforcement agencies. In 2015 the new name, Road Freight NSW, articulates our independent and authoritative viewpoint thanks to our respected executive leadership and the passion and expertise of members contributing to the Policy Council.
RFNSW media: 0411 254 390
The ATA and its member associations collectively represent the 50,000 business and 200,000 people in the Australian trucking industry. Together, we are committed to safety, professionalism and viability.
ATA media: 0417 211 441
Western Roads Federation has been formed to give a strong unified voice for companies who use WA roads for commercial benefit. Regardless of whether it’s a courier car, a crane, a garbage truck or a road train, the issues are fundamentally the same. Improved productivity and safety through greater access, investment and recognition of the critical importance of roads to the economy.
Western Roads Federation media: 0481 064 371
The Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia Limited (CBFCA) is Australia’s leading peak national body, which represents members interests in international trade logistics and supply chain management service provision. We are committed to being the voice for customs brokers, international freight forwarders and other associated groups concerned with international trade, representing and supporting our members in a difficult regulatory environment.
CBFCA media: 0414 635831