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Wednesday, 6 May 1987
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(Question No. 5226)


Mr Lloyd asked the Minister for Transport, upon notice, on 23 March 1987:

Are container charges in the Port of Melbourne significantly higher than in other ports around Australia; if so, why.


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

There are normally two main categories of charges applying to containers moving through Australian ports

(a) container handling charges applied by stevedores

(b) cargo-based charges applied by port authorities.

Stevedoring container handling charges are the subject of commercial negotiation between the stevedore and shipping company. The rates vary according to the particular commercial arrangements applying and are not generally publicly available.

Cargo-based charges applied by port authorities comprise wharfage and storage charges and harbour dues in the case of Brisbane. Details of the current charges applying at selected major ports for a standard 6.1m container of goods are set out below:

Export

Wharfage

Import

Wharfage

Storage

(a)

$

$

$

Melbourne...

80.24

87.04

61.85

Sydney-

Container Terminal Berths...

59.00

93.30

172.30

Other Berths...

62.30

96.60

Brisbane (b)...

68.00

68.00

13.50

Fremantle...

39.22

99.00

26.59

Port Adelaide...

69.00

86.00

52.02

Notes (a) Assuming 5 days uncovered storage;

Notes (b) Comprises harbour dues and wharfage payable at Fisherman Islands Container Terminal

Source Current Published Port Authority tariff schedules.

Comparisons between the cargo-based charges applied by port authorities need to be treated with caution. A range of ship-based charges are also imposed by port authorities and the relative contribution to port authority revenue from ship and cargo-based charges can vary significantly depending on the pricing policy of the individual port authority.