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Submission to Productivity Commission's inquiry into Australia’s maritime logistics system

21 February 2022
The Australian Trucking Association and Road Freight NSW have made an initial submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry into Australia’s Maritime Logistics System.
Maritime logistics depends on land transport connections to keep supply chains moving.
Exports do not get to ports without land transport; imports will not get to consumers and businesses.
Working together, land and maritime logistics can boost productivity and economic growth. 
The commission should consider:
Repeal of Part X of the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 as it pertains to shipper collective agreements
Retention of the PBLIS (Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy) regulation at Port Botany
Independent price regulation of all surcharges and regulation to end the use of long vehicle fees
Increase investment in infrastructure to address inefficiencies in the supply chain caused by larger ships, lack of land transport access to Australian container ports and shortage of space in empty container parks
Facility owners and operators (including ports) should be parties in the chain of responsibility under the Heavy Vehicle National Law