Peak body slams spike

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PEAK body Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) is call­ing on the state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, Trans­port for NSW and the ACCC to ur­gently in­ter­vene and stop DP World Aus­tralia (DPWA) from im­pos­ing a mas­sive 69 per cent in­crease in sur­charges for truck op­er­a­tors ac­cess­ing the Port Botany ter­mi­nal.

RFNSW said it’s the third un­fair price hike in less than two years.

DPWA will in­crease its ‘in­fra­struc­ture ac­cess charge’ for car­ri­ers to $63.80 (exclusive of GST) per con­tainer re­ceived or de­liv­ered at the port from Jan­uary 1 next year.

The cur­rent sur­charge is $37.65 per con­tainer.

Other ancillary land­side charges will also be in­creased, in­clud­ing the VBS Ad­min­is­tra­tion Fee which will rise from $6.89 to $12.95 per slot and the Stack Run-In & Out Fee, which also will rise from $6.89 to $12.95 a slot.

DPWA also adds that “on­go­ing ac­cess to Port Botany Ter­mi­nal will be con­di­tional on pay­ment of the charges as per our con­di­tions”.

Com­ment­ing on DPWA’s lat­est price hit on truck op­er­a­tors, RFNSW Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Si­mon O’Hara said: “Enough is enough. It may be a dif­fer­ent name, but the ‘ac­cess’ charge is just more of the same pain for mem­bers”.

“Yet again, with lit­tle jus­ti­fi­ca­tion and cer­tainly no con­sul­ta­tion with in­dus­try, DPWA is plan­ning for an­other bla­tant cash grab. It is sim­ply un­con­scionable.

“We are ex­tremely con­cerned that this uni­lat­eral price in­crease will have cat­a­strophic ef­fects on car­ri­ers run­ning small busi­nesses, who are work­ing harder and longer, on week­ends and pub­lic hol­i­days.

“And it’s go­ing to be felt right across the supply chain, with ad­di­tional charges even­tu­ally be­ing passed on to con­sumers, who’ll be pay­ing more for their ev­ery­day goods.

“With no reg­u­la­tion, we be­lieve it is time for NSW Min­is­ter for Roads, Mar­itime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, the Deputy Prime Min­is­ter and Fed­eral Min­is­ter for In­fra­struc­ture, Trans­port and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment, Michael Mc­Cor­mack, Trans­port for NSW and the ACCC to haul-in the steve­dores.

“A first-step would be com­mis­sion­ing full-anal­y­sis of the true cost of these ever-in­creas­ing port charges on truck op­er­a­tors, their cus­tomers and the wider NSW com­mu­nity.”

Mr O’Hara said RFNSW urged other steve­dores to act in good faith and not fol­low DPWA in im­pos­ing ad­di­tional port fees

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‘CASH GRAB’: RFNSW said the price hikes at Port Botany will be felt right across the supply chain.

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