RFNSW and WARTA link in ter­mi­nal charges ght

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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 signicant 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.

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