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Australian port surcharges questioned

Australian port surcharges questioned

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Not for the first time charges levied by terminal operators in Australia are under the spotlight.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently published its Container Stevedore Monitoring report, in which it states infrastructure taxes imposed by DP World and Patrick raise “a number of issues for the port supply chain”.

“It is concerning that truck and rail operators face these higher charges but are limited in their ability to take their business elsewhere,” the ACCC stated.

DP World and Patrick announced new surcharges earlier this year citing increases in rent, land tax and rates as rationale for the extra levies.

The ACCC said it will follow closely whether these new infrastructure charges are used to improve land-side facilities beyond “business-as-usual levels”.

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Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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