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
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
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