ACCC looks at special treatment for trucks

Stevedores seek ACCC approval on preferential treatment for dual-run trucks at the Port of Fremantle

By Rob McKay | July 14, 2010

DP World Australia and Patrick Stevedores have lodged three applications with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission for preferential treatment for trucks engaged in dual runs at the Port of Fremantle.

The stevedores are also looking for a green light on how such treatment for trucks delivering and collecting containers during the same run will occur and have asked for interim authorisation of the proposed arrangement, the ACCC says.

They have told the competition watchdog that preferential treatment will increase truck utilisation while reducing traffic.

They believe the port will be better placed to handle larger container throughput and that lower costs and emissions will ensue.

Submissions to the ACCC on the interim authorisation are sought by July 16 and on the main issue by August 6.

A draft determination is due in the next three months.

The Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service advised on Monday that it would raise no objections.

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