Murphy Transport loses lucrative sugar contract


Murphy Transport has lost the bulk contract for Sugar Australia, with CRT winning the bid

By Samantha Freestone

Murphy Transport has lost the bulk contract for Sugar Australia, with CRT winning the bid.

The details were confirmed this morning by Sugar Australia logistics Manager Dallas Reid who says Murphy’s have retained the "liquid delivery" aspect of their previous contract.

"They have retained the liquid delivery and CRT has picked up the bulk. It will be effective June 30 … but I cannot reveal any specific details," Reid says.

The decision is a blow to Murphy Transport, which since its inception has been involved with Sugar Australia.

A spokesperson for the operator says it is currently negotiating with Sugar Australia but could not make any comment.

CRT, based in Altona in Melbourne’s west, will release an official comment in the coming days on the deal, which requires it to transport sugar to a plant in Yarraville in Victoria to Perth.

The transport company — owned by Queensland Rail but run as a separate entity — says the move is "the first stage of what is sure to be a mutually rewarding relationship between Sugar Australia and CRT Group".

The company says its decision to user a containerised freight solution will optimise Sugar Australia’s resources while also enhancing efficiency and supply chain flexibility.

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