Trucking payment terms concern flagged to ASBFEO

ATA notes existing problem made worse by Covid-19 economic crisis

Trucking payment terms concern flagged to ASBFEO
Maguire and Carnell spoke via video conference


The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is raising industry concerns on deteriorating payment terms with Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) Kate Carnell. 

ATA CEO Ben Maguire highlights the impact of unfair payment terms on small trucking businesses to Carnell.

He says some customers of trucking businesses have started extending their payment terms to pre-empt what might happen with their own cash flow

"At the same time, some suppliers are shortening their credit terms, for example from end of month+30 days to invoice+14 days," Maguire adds.

"Payment terms are an existing problem in the trucking industry, but the coronavirus pandemic has made the problem worse."

NatRoad has seen similar issues arise during the Covid-19 pandemic

The ATA advocates for a mandatory code to address the payment issues facing trucking.

"We appreciate the work Kate Carnell’s office has done to highlight the impact of payment terms on small businesses and the need for stronger action from the Government," Maguire says. 

"The ATA will continue pressing the Government to fix unfair payment terms as a matter of urgency.

"Australia’s economic recovery from the pandemic will depend on the nation’s small businesses – but they can’t do the job if they don’t get paid. 

"The ATA has proposed that fair payment terms be delivered in the trucking industry through a mandatory code under Part IVB of the Competition and Consumer Act

"Given the scope of the problem, however, the government needs to follow the UK’s approach and include all business to business transactions in its planned payment terms legislation, with the statutory time period set at 20 days"

ATA notes Carnell empathised with the trucking industry and says she understands the pressure faced by trucking businesses across Australia. 

"It’s tough if you’re a truckie. You have to pay for things like (fuel) almost immediately," ATA quotes Carnell as saying. 


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