The Advocate - Rising port costs being passed back to the farmer

Tuesday, June 8, 2021



In April, peak body the Freight Trade Alliance and the Australian Peak Shippers Association raised questions about the rising cost of terminal access charges (TACs) with the Productivity Commission.

"The bottom line is that vulnerable Australian supply chain participants are currently paying an additional $500 million a year direct to stevedores and empty container parks," FTA/APSA director Paul Zalai said.

"These rapidly increasing costs are having a particularly devastating impacts on exporters and importers, with downstream crippling financial impacts on manufacturers, farmers and regional communities."