GOOD NEWS: Victorian Ports Minister brings forward investigation into infrastructure charges
In a win for Victorian importers, exporters and freight forwarders, the Victorian Labour Government has announced that it will be bringing forward an investigation into port access fees, commonly known as “infrastructure charges.”
The investigation will review regulating pricing and charges, including access to and from the port, “following recently announced increases in stevedore infrastructure charges.”
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), Container Transport Alliance of Australia (CTAA), and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) have led the lobbying effort over the last 18 months, meeting with State and Federal Ministers, the Chairman of the ACCC, and others.
Since April 2017, DPWA infrastructure charges have increased from $3.45 to $85.30, an increase of 1024%.
This announcement sends a strong message to the stevedores that port users can’t be held for ransom, and we would like to thank the Minister for making this announcement before the Victorian Government caretaker period begins on 30 October.
The ACCC Container Stevedoring Report compels the NSW Government to follow suit.
QLD Government – Similar Call for Action:
In light of the developments in VIC and NSW, CTAA, APSA and FTA are writing to the QLD Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, seeking similar actions by the QLD Government.
DP World Australia’s announcements about massive increases in their Infrastructure Charge from 1 January 2019 includes the Port of Brisbane where the Charge will rise by 68% from $38.75 per full container to $65.15 per full container.
In addition in the Port of Brisbane, landside operators have experienced further price “shocks” of late, including increases in Container chain Fees at several empty container parks, and the introduction of a Side Loader Fee ($68.10 per truck visit) at Hutchison Brisbane Terminal from 1 December 2018.