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Thursday, 30 September 1971
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Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for Shipping and Transport, upon notice:

(1)   On what date did the Australian National Line join any overseas conference or consortium.

(2)   What freight rates were charged on the routes served by the Conference and Consortia at the time ANL joined them.

(3)   On what dates and to what rates have freights been subsequently increased on these routes.


Mr Nixon - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   - AUSTRALIA/U.K./EUROPE TRADE 1st March 1969 - Australia/Europe Conference 1st March 1969- Joined U.K./ Australia Outward Conference 1st March 1969 - Joined Outward Continent Australia Conference 22nd April 1969- Joined ACTA Consortium 1st September 1970 - Joined Australia to Europe Container Service. AUSTRALIA/JAPAN TRADE 18th December 1968 - Joined Australia Northbound Shipping Conference 18th December 1968 - Joined Australia and New Zealand Eastern Shipping Conference. AUSTRALIA/EAST COAST NORTH AMERICA TRADE The Australian National Line is not a member of any of the Conferences covering this trade. ANL is, however, a member line in a shipping service that has Conference membership, and will operate its own ship within that service. The Company, called 'Pacific America Container Express Line' (PACE) joined the relevant conference as follows: 14th July 1971- Australia/U.S. Atlantic Gulf Conference 1st May 1971- U.S. Atlantic and Gulf /Australia New Zealand Conference 7th July 1971 - Australia/Canada East Coast, St Lawrence and Lakes Conference 7th July 1971 - Eastern Canada/ Australia-New Zealand Conference. AUSTRALIA/WEST COAST NORTH AMERICA TRADE The ANL is not a member of Conferences covering this trade, but has shares in a Company, PAD Australia Pty Ltd, which is a member of the Pacific Australia Direct Line. The Pacific Australia Direct Line joined the Conferences as follows: 14th July 1970- Pacific Coast- Australasian Tariff Bureau 14th July 1970 - Australia New Zealand and South Sea Islands Pacific Coast Conference PAD Line withdrew from the Conference on 1st March 1971.

(2)   and (3) There are many hundreds of different commodity rates in respect of tariffs. An indicative rate for principal commodities in the trades concerned, is given below: AUSTRALIA/U.K./EUROPE TRADE Australia/Europe Conference General Cargo -   An increase of 15¾ per cent is to be made on all commodities other than wool, metals and fresh fruit as from 1st October 1971. Dried and canned fruits will be increased from 1st January 1972. U.K./ Australia Conference and Outward Continent Australia Conference General Cargo - U.S. $68.64 per ton on 1st March 1969 General Cargo- U.S. $77.20 per ton on 15th September 1970 General Cargo - U.S. $86.85 per ton on 1st April 1971 AUSTRALIA/JAPAN TRADE Australia Northbound Shipping Conference General Cargo- U.S. $30.80 per ton on 18th December 1968 General Cargo - U.S. $33.10 per ton on 1st April 1970 General Cargo - U.S.$37.25 per ton on 1st May 1971. Wool/greasy- U.S. $3.08 per 100 lbs December 1968 Wool/ greasy - U.S. $3.23 per 100 lbs 1st June 1970 Wool/greasy- U.S. $3.31 per 100 lbs 1st October 1970 Wool/ greasy - U.S. $3.49 per 100 lbs 1st June 1971 Australiaand New Zealand Eastern Shipping Conference General Cargo- U.S. $37.35 perton on 18th December 1968 General Cargo - U.S. $40.15 per ton on 1st February 1970 General Cargo - U.S. $44.15 per ton on 1st May 1971. AUSTRALIA/EAST COAST NORTH AMERICA TRADE Australia/U.S. Atlantic Gulf Conference Boneless beef or lamb in cartons - U.S. $4.91 per100 lbs nett. Freight rate levels had remained stationary for almost 2 years prior to 14th July 1971, when Conference announced an increase of 25 per cent on all commodities except wool where increase would be 15 per cent. These increases were intended to have been applied as from 1st September 1971. however, they are now subject to clarification on President Nixon's 90 day price freeze. Australia/ Canada East Coast St Lawrence and Lakes Conference Same freight on boneless beef or lamb in cartons as Conference above except the rates are expressed in Canadian dollars. The situation regarding freight rate increases is the same as the U.S.A. Northbound Conference except that there is no qualification as to the date of the increase. U.S. Atlantic and Gulf/ Australia New Zealand Conference Generalcargo - U.S. $117 per ton on 1st May 1971. Eastern Canada/ Australia New Zealand Conference General Cargo - Canadian $117 per ton on 7th July 1971. AUSTRALIA/WEST COAST NORTH AMERICA TRADE Pacific Coast-Australasian Tariff Bureau General Cargo- U.S. $96 and Canadian $96 per ton 14th July 1970 General Cargo- U.S. $109 Canadian $109 per ton 1st June 1971. Australia New Zealand and South Sea Island Pacific Coast Conference General Cargo- U.S. $59.10 per ton on 14th July 1970 Canadian- $59.10 per ton on 14th July 1970.







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