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A-double cuts regional trips in half for AMK Container Services

  • Posted on Thursday 28th, November 2019.

Expanding High Productivity Freight Vehicle networks in Victoria have helped drastically reduce the amount of truck trips from Regional Victoria to the Port of Melbourne according to Victorian freight business AMK Container Services.

Since it invested in a 33-metre A-Double, Kyneton-based AMK Container Services has seen a dramatic increase in the efficiency of 40-foot export container transports through Performance-Based Standards.

A long time specialist in 40-foot containers, AMK Container Services has supplanted, for the same freight task, two single-semi trips through adoption of the A-double, a 100 per cent increase in productivity according to the company.

The In-Principle Access Support (IPAS) was provided by road transport consultancy firm Advantia who managed the application process managed the PBS assessment including certification, A-double assessments and permit approvals.

AMK commenced the approval process in June 2018.

Back in August the Australian Bureau of Statistics released data that showed Australia had posted a record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018-19 financial year which included a record monthly trade surplus of $8.036 billion in June of this year.

Six of the country's largest monthly trade surpluses were all recorded in 2019.

According to Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Simon Birmingham, Australia had recorded 18 consecutive monthly trade surpluses, a milestone not achieved since 1972-1973.

"These bumper results show the ongoing strength and international competitiveness of our export sector," he said.

"Increased access to international markets for Australian farmers and businesses has been a major factor in our strong export performance," said Birmingham

Australia exported nearly $470 billion worth of goods and services in 2018-19, an increase of more than $66 billion on the previous financial year.

Goods exports grew by 18 per cent and service exports grew by 9.9 per cent in 2018-19.

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