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ACFS connects export empties with rail on Melbourne port

  • Posted on Monday 3rd, September 2018.

Container logistics operator, ACFS Port Logistics, has launched ACFS e-Rail, a new empty container depot that is integrated with ACFS Appleton Rail Intermodal terminal.

ACFS e-Rail will provide a full empty depot offering for shipping lines, including food quality upgrades, M&R services, focusing on volumes for export customers in Regional VIC and NSW. The 24-hour, five-day week e-Rail (empty depot) facility will also provide local carriers with improved access for the de-hire of empty containers, in line with other ACFS empty depot operations.

This innovative new service, according to ACFS, allows rail customers a supply of food quality and or general purpose containers directly on site at the rail, eliminating the additional cost of empty cartage collection from third party empty parks that currently incur exporters an additional cost in the supply chain.

“ACFS aligned shipping lines have welcomed the development, as it provides a better cost outcome, as well as a strategic advantage for our export customers, whilst also providing flexibility to our rail customers by having containers easily accessible to rail, without the heavy reliance on transport and or outside parks being open for the availability of empties,” said ACFS CEO, Arthur Tzaneros.

In a world of rising costs, ACFS has invested in its customers' future by reducing the cost of exporting through the Port of Melbourne.

Jim Cooper, Executive General Manager Commercial of The Port of Melbourne “welcomes the initiative taken by ACFS in continuing to explore and provide more efficient and cost competitive export solutions for Port users”.

“By working together we can plan for and develop port capacity and supply chain efficiencies that enhance the competitive position of the Port of Melbourne," he said.

ACFS is Australia’s largest privately owned container logistics operator, committed to supporting our customers in Regional area’s including Western Victoria, the Sunraysia, the Riverina and Central Victoria.

The ACFS rail terminal services trains up to 1.5km long from regional Victoria and beyond.  Managing in excess of 140,000 TEU per annum our regional rail customers are supported by ACFS’ 24/7 road fleet and our superior wharf technology systems, keeping customers informed at every step of the way.

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