DP World to impose COR fee at Port of Brisbane

DP World will introduce a “chain of responsibility fee” on trucking operators in Brisbane.

DP World to impose COR fee at Port of Brisbane
Pay up: A "chain of responsibility fee" will be introduced at DP World's Brisbane terminal on July 7.


DP World will next month impose a "chain of responsibility fee" on trucking operators hauling full import containers out of its terminal in Brisbane.  

The fee will take effect on July 7 and follows the stevedore’s decision to use weigh-in-motion devices for containers as part of the shift to a semi-automated terminal at the Port of Brisbane.  

Weigh-in-motion is designed to aid compliance with its loading requirements under chain of responsibility law, and trucking will wear a fee for using the facility.  

A flat rate of $5.10 per container will be charged to trucking operators when booking a slot to enter DP’s terminal.

DP will also charge a $100 "chain of responsibility overweight fee" if a truck going through its weigh-in-motion facility receives a red light, does not have current permits and DP is required to remove one or more containers from the vehicle.  

Trucking firm Australian Container Freight Services (ACFS) has already notified its customers of DP’s decision to impose a fee and says it will be passing fees on at cost, despite it being required to pay the terminal within seven days.  

"The Chain of Responsibility Fee will be charged direct to Transport Companies when booking a VBS [vehicle booking system] slot via 1-stop for the collection of an import full container. The Chain of Responsibility Overweight Fee will be charged direct to Transport Companies via a further invoice," ACFS managing director Arthur Tzaneros writes in a letter to customers.  

"Please note, that this new COR [chain of responsibility] fee is the first of its type nationally, and this additional surcharge may be extended to other terminals and other states in due course."

DP last month opened its new semi-automated terminal in Brisbane that includes a new vehicle booking system and weigh-in-motion.  

The $250 million terminal consists of automated stacking cranes, along with the weigh-in-motion facility that measures the axle loads of vehicles.

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