ENSURING long term business viability is the stated reason behind a new infrastructure levy announced by Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal.
In a statement to customers, FACT confirmed:
- A $28.50 infrastructure levy would be applied to each full container lift;
- A $10.00 container weighing charge would be applied to each full import container.
- The charges, which take effect from 1 July, are in keeping with similar levies imposed by major container stevedores around the country.“(FACT) has operated the Terminal at Outer Harbor since 2012. Since that time, the land and infrastructure costs associated with operating the landside component of the business have significantly increased,” FACT said in a statement to customers.
“In order to ensure that the Terminal continues to be a viable business and FACT continues to have the ability to make efficient investments for the long term, FACT proposes to cover these costs via the introduction of ancillary container charges.”
According to FACT, the container weighing charge relates to the use of two new weigh-in-motion weighbridges installed to ensure compliance with ‘chain of responsibility’ obligations under National Heavy Vehicle laws.
“FACT has discussed the proposed charges with industry representative bodies such as the South Australian Freight Council, Business SA and South Australian Road Transport Association and Container Terminal Monitoring Panel,” the Terminal statement read.
“FACT has also engaged with industry stakeholders including major transport companies and rail operators, and is actively engaging with the ACCC, about the proposed charges.”
FACT says it will cap increases to these charges for three years at CPI, with the payment term to be extended to 30 days.