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Road carriers should pass on stevedore fee hikes: VTA

  • Posted on Thursday 30th, November 2017.

The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) has issued advice to its members on dealing with the fee hikes introduced in recent months by Australia’s major stevedores.

“These increased charges have been introduced with the carrier not being able to negotiate and there is obliged to pass them on directly to the customer,” said VTA CEO, Peter Anderson said in a statement.

The VTA recommended informing customers how the additional charge will be invoiced and forwarding any formal correspondence from stevedores to further explain the fee.

“Given that both direct and indirect terminal access costs are increasing and significantly different across the three terminals, it is important that the carrier industry is able to accurately quantify and incorporate these costs into their charges,” said Anderson.

Predicting further fee hikes in the future, Anderson announced that the VTA will establish a terminal access cost model for wharf-based operations – for release in early 2018, and will make recommendations to assist the container industry in better communicating with customers “in an effort to recompense many cost increases out of the carriers’ control".

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