Waging war on charges down under

Port Botany

Source: NWS Ports

Spiralling costs have given port users in Australia pause for thought.

The introduction of “infrastructure charges” at a number of Australian ports for transport companies collecting or dropping off containers has created the most heated argument seen in the sector for years.

Both DP World and Patrick recently either introduced or substantially increased such levies, claiming increasing costs and difficult market conditions such as pressures from the consolidation of shipping lines, plus the need for continuing investment.

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