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(generated from captions) all over the city. The Federal Customs Minister Chris Ellison

will host what has become a crisis meeting tomorrow morning over the logjams blocking the nation's biggest ports. Glitches in the new Customs computer system are to blame for the chaos, but Customs officials say

the hold-ups in container traffic are easing. Freight industry groups beg to differ, saying the delays could take weeks to clear and that they'll impact on state and national economies. Rachel Carbonell reports. The Port of Melbourne is the nation's largest port and handles more than $130,000 of trade every minute. But like Australia's other big ports, it's being held up by bugs in the new Customs computer clearance system. We have customers who are breaking down in tears. It's incredibly frustrating for them not to be able to get their goods. Their brokers are equally frustrated. Things that might take 5 or 10 minutes to do previously are now taking four hours. And the problems are flowing on into the economy. Already the delays are beginning to impact on production runs at manufacturing facilities and those who are trying to put retail products out for late Christmas runs. I'm advised that at the moment it is costing NSW businesses around $2 million a day in handling storage and fees down the logistics line. That is unacceptable for NSW businesses.

State ministers are demanding solutions. They want more resources to make the system work and compensation for businesses. Trucks are being told to go down and pick up containers. They're told that they're ready and through Customs, and when the the trucks get down there, they're not, and this is costing the trucking companies a lot of money. Ships aren't yet backing up,

but if the situation doesn't improve, they will. Shipping lines are calling for a bit of lenience from officials until a solution is found. We can't keep going the way we are, even if it remains where it is. Everyone is working actually very, very long hours to try and keep the cargo moving. We can't keep up this pace. The air freight industry is also being affected. It only handles 1% of the nation's freight but it's 13% of total freight value, and often consists of important cargo like medical equipment and pharmaceuticals. We've set up a help line for people who have got problems. We've got 200 Customs staff on that help line. It is essential that we get this new system working, and I'm intent on doing that. And Customs officials say they've had some success

moving containers and easing delays. Cargo is moving. The Port of Sydney is not gridlocked, and shipping containers are moving away from the waterfront. But the Federal Opposition says not enough is being done and the Customs Minister, Chris Ellison, should be sacked. Senator Ellison declined to be interviewed on camera today, but a spokesman said the Minister will address all the issues at the industry round table in Sydney tomorrow. Rachel Carbonell, Lateline. The Aboriginal leader Noel Pearson has tonight delivered another plea for welfare reform, outlining an agenda he says will deliver his community on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula