ACCC issues strict operating conditions to port operator


Port operator AAT forced to follow strict operating conditions after concerns over excessive market power

December 4, 2009

Port operator Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) will be forced to follow strict operating conditions after concerns over excessive market power.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says a price review mechanism, a dispute resolution process and a condition allowing other stevedores greater access to ports will be introduced.

AAT operations at Brisbane, Wollongong, Melbourne, Launceston and Adelaide will all be bound by the new conditions.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has welcomed the announcement and says ATT has exercised "excessive" market power for some time.

"This determination vindicates the concerns expressed by the automotive industry for some time that AAT has exercised excessive market power," FCAI Chief Executive Andrew McKellar says.

"In particular, we welcome the addition of the price review condition that will ensure future changes in port charges are subjected to a process of independent and transparent scrutiny."

ATN has contacted AAT for comment


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