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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4400

Mr Peter Morris asked the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, upon notice, on 8 April 1998:

What is the sea freight charge per (a) 20 foot and (b) 40 foot container of wool from export ports in (i) New South Wales, (ii) Western Australia and (iii) Victoria to destination ports in Germany.

Mr Anderson (Primary Industries and Energy) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

The freight charges for wool to destination ports in Germany are approximately:


20 foot container

40 foot container

Direct service from Australia

A$1,970 to A$2,155

Rates provided on request

Transhipment via Singapore

A$1,750 to $1,850

The freight charges for wool are the same for wool exported from ports in either New South Wales, Victoria or Western Australia. The rates quoted are approximate and may not be the actual rates applying in the market place as larger wool shippers can negotiate more favourable rates.

Rates also differ depending upon the whether the ports are called at directly in overseas countries by the lines concerned. Additional charges will apply if the consignee wishes to have the container moved on to another port which may be closer to the mill.

Forty foot boxes are available on request but are not normally used for greasy wool, particularly in Europe where weight limitations for road transport apply. Forty foot containers may be more cost effective for transporting scoured and carbonised wool or tops to some destinations.