Discontent continues over DPWA fee hike
DP World Australia's fee hike at Melbourne and Port Botany (pictured) is creating discontent in Australia. Credit: Brent Pearson.
DP World Australia’s decision to raise infrastructure fees at Melbourne and Port Botany continues to fuel intense debate in Australia.
The Road Freight New South Wales organisation says truckers could lose up to $150,000 per year as a result of surcharges imposed on all full containers received or delivered via road or rail at DPWA’s Port Botany terminal, which could seriously impact smaller, family-run trucking companies.
A leading shipping leader, ANL managing director John Lines has also expressed concern at the announcement made by DPWA. He said he predicted some time ago that the spate of port privatisations would lead to higher costs for all users, and he expected other stevedores would follow suit sooner or later.
“ANL is not happy with these increases but we are forced to accept the reality of the situation brought on by state governments selling their ports for big dollars.”
DPWA has said the surcharges are needed to meet high council rates, land tax, rent and terminal infrastructure maintenance, which are reluctantly being passed on, while the stevedore is also facing pressure to invest in infrastructure to handle bigger vessels.
Meanwhile, newly-operational Melbourne stevedore VICT said it had no plans to follow suit with a similar surcharge.