Government provides AdBlue update

The new federal government has quietened fears around current AdBlue supplies

Government provides AdBlue update
The ATA has issued a government update on AdBlue supplies

The new federal government has given the transport industry an update on the current potential for another AdBlue shortage.

New industry and science minister Ed Husic gave the update through the Australian Trucking Association’s (ATA) Friday facts.

Husic says the department of industry, science, energy and resources is continuing to actively engage with Australian Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF)/ Technical Grade Urea (TGU) importers, producers, fuel retailers and wholesalers on the issue.

He says the department is working with these stakeholders on the status of the DEF market and the level of government involvement necessary for optimal market function.

Husic says there is now no reason for transport operators and industry members to panic about the supply of AdBlue.

"Our current understanding is the Australian DEF market is now well supplied, inventories have recovered to pre-supply crisis levels and any stock outs should be localised and temporary," Husic says.

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"The department understands from ABS data that source-country supply chain diversification has improved compared to this time last year."

Husic says the department will continue to monitor the market situation of AdBlue and work actively with the sector to enhance market transparency arrangements to support more informed and better decision making from the government and the entire industry.

"We believe the lack of market transparency contributed to the supply chain issues faced in December 2021 through to March 2022," Husic says.

"We’re working with Australian DEF/ TGU importers, producers, fuel retailers and wholesalers to improve information and transparency."

Husic didn’t comment on current problems being raised about the closure of the Gibson Island AdBlue manufacturing plant scheduled for later this year.

Many industry members have expressed concern that this closure could send AdBlue supplies into another crisis.

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