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Monday, 1 June 1998
Page: 4401

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

(1) What is the stevedoring charge for (a) 20 foot and (b) 40 foot containers at the container terminals at the destination ports (i) of Hong Kong, (ii) in the Peoples Republic of China.

(2) Is it a fact that (a) a 20 foot container carries 17.5 to 20 tonnes of wool and (b) a 40 foot container carries 35 to 40 tonnes of wool.

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

(1) I am advised that this information is not available within my portfolio.

(2) (a) A 20 foot container will hold up to 20 tonnes of greasy wool, and lesser quantities (by weight) of scoured and carbonised wool or tops.

(b) A forty foot container, in theory, would hold approximately double the amount held by a 20 foot container. However, transport regulations in a number of overseas countries limit the quantity in a forty foot container to about 26 tonnes of greasy wool. This makes the use of 40 foot containers in these countries much less attractive for greasy wool compared to 20 foot containers due to the higher freight rates involved.