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Qube’s new container fee questioned

  • Posted on Wednesday 13th, September 2017.

Qube Logistics (QL) has announced that from October 9, it will impose a $30 fee per container at its container freight station terminals in Sydney Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Fremantle operation.

Road Freight NSW (RFNSW) has sought an urgent meeting with Qube Logistics to clarify how its new ‘International Terminal Fee’ will impact on truck companies transporting air freight cargo.

The fee is necessitated by "significant cost increases incurred by QL since 2014, including higher rent, land tax and energy costs, increased labour costs and property maintenance costs relating to the upkeep of the respective facilities".

"Throughout this period QL has avoided passing these costs through the supply chain, however given the market conditions of the container freight station sector, specifically the volume fluctuations of inbound container and moreover QL's requirement to continue investing in its facilities, it is left with no alternative but to introduce this fee," Qube said in a statement.

General Manager Simon O’Hara said RFNSW has written to Qube to request an urgent meeting in order to receive further details on the new surcharge.

“There’s been no consultation with RFNSW, so it’s important that we sit down with Qube and ask them for a please explain,” O’Hara said.

“Qube has advised that that the fee will be payable at the time a shipment is collected and billed per gate pass, but we still need clarification about how it’s actually going to work.

“We’re obviously concerned that any additional impost will cause further cash flow issues for our members who have already experienced financial losses as a result of recent port taxes unjustifiably imposed on them by stevedores.

“RFNSW is asking Qube to engage with industry before this new fee is added to supply chain costs."

The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) met with Qube this week on the subject, and came to the conclusion that it is not expecting any form of relief from the regulator unless anti-competitive practices can be proven.

"The onus now clearly lies with industry to respond by either accepting the charges and move on, or to take business elsewhere," said the FTA.

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