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Monday, 4 May 1987
Page: 2563

(Question No. 5232)

Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 24 March 1987:

Is he able to say whether there is a problem in New Zealand over waterfront work allocation rules applying to less than container load trans-Tasman cargoes; if so, what is (a) the cost of the problem to Australian exporters and (b) being done to overcome the problem.

Mr Peter Morris —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

In New Zealand less than container load trans-Tasman cargoes in ISO Containers are presently packed or unpacked by New Zealand waterside workers at on-wharf facilities. The New Zealand Ministry of Transport has advised the Federal Department of Transport that this arrangement is generally held to be considerably more expensive than for the equivalent work to be done off wharf at a consolidator or shipper depot, as is the case with full container loads and the special collapsable seafreighter units. However I am advised that the present practice with respect to LCL ISO traffic is now recognised in the New Zealand Waterfront Industry Act.

(a) No up to date analysis of the cost is available.

(b) These are arrangements internal to New Zealand. However a review of trans-Tasman shipping arrangements is being conducted jointly by the Australian Federal Bureau of Transport Economics and the New Zealand Ministry of Transport. Issues relating to the efficient handling of cargoes are encompassed by that Review which is expected to document the costs of this and other customary practices. The New Zealand Ministry of Transport has advised the Federal Department of Transport that it is also intended that this matter be more fully examined during Phase II of the New Zealand Government's on-shore costs exercise in a study of waterfront practices.