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NatRoad urges government to crack on with waterfront fixes

NatRoad is calling for the federal government to continue inspecting how to improve Australia’s port system

The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has welcomed a long-awaited Productivity Commission (PC) report calling for broad reforms to Australia’s waterfront.

Inefficiencies at the country’s big container ports directly cost the economy about $600 million a year.

NatRoad says addressing bottlenecks and inefficiencies at container ports is in the national interest.

NatRoad says its view is that there’s much to be gained by making simple operational changes.

For example, truck operators have no choice about which terminal they use when picking up or dropping off a container, so must pay whatever price a terminal operator sets.

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According to NatRoad, members persistently complain that they’re paying fees to shipping lines for the late return of containers even where the delay is because empty container parks are full.

“Voluntary protocols to address terminal operators’ abuse of market power should be strengthened and NatRoad endorses a proposal to regulate landside port charges by way of a federal industry code,” the national association says.

NatRoad says it eagerly awaits what will arise from the PC report into Australia’s waterfront and required reforms.

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