RFNSW and WARTA link in terminal charges ght
Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has joined forces with its interstate counterpart the Western Australian Road Transport Association ( WARTA) in a renewed ght against stevedores’ landside surcharges.
RFNSW general manager Simon O’Hara met with WARTA executive officer Cam Dumesny last month, observing freight movements in and out of the Port Botany terminals and getting feedback from carriers about the impact the new levies were having on their day-to- day operations.
“We [RFNSW and WARTA] are concerned about the dangerous domino effect this has had on industry. Since stevedores started imposing these charges, other operators with signicant supply chain power have also begun slugging transport operators,” O’Hara says.
The two organisations want an independent body, ultimately the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ( ACCC), to be called in to put the brakes on the stevedores and start regulating landside port charges.
“We believe the recent Federal Court nding, which allows the ACCC to monitor and regulate pricing at the Port of Newcastle, means the ACCC should be in a position to review the situation at Australia’s ports,” O’Hara says.
RFNSW and WARTA will make a joint submission to the ACCC, again calling for an investigation and independent umpire to review any nancial charges.