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MEGATRANS gets underway in Melbourne

The country’s largest freight and logistics conference began in Melbourne yesterday

Australia’s largest integrated conference and exhibition dedicated to the freight and logistics industry is now underway in Melbourne, as ministers were on hand to open MEGATRANS yesterday.

Victorian Ports and Freight minister Melissa Horne visited the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to launch MEGATRANS2022, which brings together key members of the industry to improve and enhance supply chain capability.

“MEGATRANS2022 is a great way to hear from key members of the industry to understand issues and address them, so we can support our producers, freight operators and exporters and enhance supply chain capability,” Horne says.

“We’re continuing to work with the freight and logistics industry to keep the supply chain moving – not only now, but well into the future.”

As industry recovers from the challenges created by COVID-19, MEGATRANS2022 will help navigate the road ahead and propose solutions under this year’s event theme of ‘re-imagining the supply chain.’

A Container Storage Working Group chaired by Freight Victoria and involving key representatives from across the shipping industry, stevedores, transport operators and peak bodies was formed earlier this year by the Victorian government to help maintain the state’s freight advantage and keep the supply chain moving.

As a result, a trial of paperless truck entry to empty container parks has now also been launched, and an industry guide will soon be released to further aid in managing congestion in the container supply chain.

The aim of the guide is to alert industry to the signs of stress in the container supply chain and the potential actions it can take in response.

For the first time, MEGATRANS will take place in conjunction with the specialised bulk handling expo, Australian Bulk Handling Expo 2022. The two events will be held side-by-side, with one ticket entry into both exhibitions.

MEGATRANS2022 runs at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre until Friday, August 26.

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