THE prospect of “seamless transitioning of freight modes” has the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council (CBFCA) of Victoria excited by the announcement of a rail shuttle service.
Ministers Darren Chester (federal) and Luke Donnellan (state) announced the $58m project this week, the project being aimed at moving freight from the Port of Melbourne to intermodal hubs.
In a statement, the Victorian branch of the CBFCA welcomed the announcement.
“It has been a Victorian government objective to move more freight to rail but unfortunately progress has stalled in the past few years and CBFCA is pleased to see commitment to progress this project,” the customs brokers said.
“Increasing the use of rail has the potential to significantly improve freight efficiency, while at the same time improving urban amenity, reducing road congestion and decreasing queuing times at the Port of Melbourne and other Ports.”
The CBFCA said it supported the development of intermodal terminals closer to the customer base and allow short haul rail shuttle use from port to intermodal terminal for containerised cargo.
“It is also important for government to focus on developing a national road, rail, sea, air infrastructure network that allows seamless transitioning freight between modes as CBFCA members that assist importers and exporters to facilitate trade, to achieve excellence rely on an efficient national supply chain network and partners,” the brokers stated.