Sunday 18th Nov, 2018

Industry welcomes focus on stevedore fee hikes

ACCC chairman Rod Sims. ACCC
ACCC chairman Rod Sims. ACCC

COMMENTS by competition czar Rod Sims about waterfront productivity have drawn attention back to the issue of infrastructure fee hikes.

As has been extensively document by DCN, stevedores DPWA, Patrick and VICT have all hiked or imposed fees for dropping off or collecting containers.

Speaking to The Australian, Mr Sims said fees had “gone up a lot and they seem to have gone up a lot more than costs have gone up”.

“At this stage, we cannot see the costs increases that have led to those higher charges and we can’t see that investment patterns have changed as a result of those charges,” he told The Australian.

Mr Sims also pointed out although the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had limited power to intervene, state governments could.

Secretariat for the Freight and Trade Alliance and Australian Peak Shippers’ Association Travis Brooks-Garrett said the ACCC was right to point out state government responsibility in this area.

“FTA/APSA, CTAA, and other major logistics peak bodies have petitioned state and federal government departments since the excessive price hikes were introduced,” Mr Brooks-Garrett said.

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