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25th May 2018


TRANSPORT GROUPS JOIN RFNSW IN FIGHTING LATEST PORT TAX

Peak body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has been strengthened by the support of Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), Western Roads Federation and the Australian Trucking Association (ATA), as part of a coalition of transport industry stakeholders opposing the latest infrastructure surcharge imposed by stevedores on truck operators using Port Botany

Hutchinson Ports Sydney will introduce an infrastructure levy of $10.45 for all laden import and export containers at the terminal, effective 25 June. The stevedore has blamed the new tax on "the high cost of additional equipment and infrastructure".

It means all three stevedores have now unilaterally slapped taxes on trucks receiving or delivering containers to the terminal, with DP World Australia (DPWA) increasing its surcharge to $37.65 and Patrick increasing its surcharge to $41.10.

Chief Executive Officer, Simon O'Hara, said RFNSW was extremely disappointed that Hutchinson had followed DPWA and Patrick in another round of blatant price gouging.

"The stevedores seem to introduce and increase their so-called infrastructure surcharges whenever they feel like it, using transport carriers as their ATMs," Mr O' Hara said today.

"With no intervention from Government or the regulators, our members are easy targets, getting gouged by all three stevedores who are clearly using their market power to impose these unfair charges and cannot explain the purpose or the rationale behind them. It must stop."

FTA Director, Travis Brooks-Garrett, said: "It is clear that container terminal operator pricing needs to be regulated to protect Australia's port users. That responsibility sits with our State Governments who have privatised these essential and nationally important infrastructure assets."

ATA CEO Ben Maguire said the ATA has been strongly advocating for heavy vehicles to be subject to an independent regulator, such as the ACCC.

"The significant increases in landside port charges have burdened trucking operators, building unavoidable costs into Australia's supply chains," Mr Maguire said.

"These charges have not been subject to detailed regulatory scrutiny, and apart from increasing profits it is unclear what the purpose the increases serve," he said.

RFNSW, FTA, Western Roads Federation and the ATA have called on the ACCC or another independent body to urgently intervene and put a halt to the stevedores' ongoing port taxes before transport operators are run out of business.

ABOUT ROAD FREIGHT NSW

Road Freight NSW began as ATA NSW in 2007. 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 contact: Richard Lenarduzzi 0411 254 390


Road Freight NSW contact details
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56 Fitzroy Street
Marrickville NSW 2204

Tel: (02) 9557 1205

info@rfnsw.com.au

www.roadfreightnsw.com.au

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