Chambers resurfaces with container chain initiative

By: Rob McKay

Former VTA boss teams up with ex-TDT head Gerard Langes with aim to fill niche

Chambers resurfaces with container chain initiative
Neil Chambers has seen CTAA get first gig.


A new advocacy service focused on the landside container transport chain has surfaced.

Headed by former Victorian Transport Association CEO Neil Chambers and former TDT Training Australia CEO Gerard Langes as co-directors, Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA) aims to provide support services for a sector that can struggle to get its needs understood and appreciated.

Chambers explains that the CTAA differs from the industry association model, with the service being more nimble and adaptive when secured to tackle issues.

It also aims to offer advocacy and consulting expertise along with training courses.

"I don’t think the market is looking for another association," he says, but feels the sector needs support.

"Particularly around container transport and logistics, it’s a bit of a desert out there."

Their tilt at addressing that need has been welcomed, Langes, who has also held senior positions with P&O Ports and then DP World, says

"We’ve go at lot of positive feedback from all stakeholders in the game, from suppliers, container transport operators, the empty [container] parks, some shippers, so it’s pretty positive," he adds.

CTAA got off the mark by facilitating a Fremantle Ports workshop in Sydney last Thursday, focused on bringing new heat to debate on the benefits of a port community system (PCS) to support improved container supply chain electronic data exchange.

The workshop brought together technology providers including 1-Stop, Containerchain, WiseTech Global (Cargowise), and Hi-Tech Freight Solutions, along with Customs, port corporations and import/export stakeholders.  

It discussed the benefits and challenges of establishing a central hub where data and information could be exchanged to make life simpler and business more efficient for all involved in the container import/export supply chain.

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