ACA International is a member of The Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA) which is a peak body representing the Freight Forwarding industry. Together with its partner, the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA), they have informed us that the Federal Government has announced an enquiry into the maritime logistics industry.
From the below brief the review will cover terminals and depots within Australia and various practices within the shipping industry as outlined in the release below from the FTA.
ACA International welcomes this review, we will continue to monitor and report as updates and findings come through as well as any opportunity to participate.
PRIME MINISTER ANNOUNCES ENQUIRY INTO THE EFFICIENCY OF OUR MARITIME LOGISTICS INDUSTRY
Wednesday, December 1, 2021
PRODUCTIVITY COMMISSION TO LEAD A SIX MONTH REVIEW
In a presentation yesterday (30 November 2021) to the Australian Industry Group (AIG), the Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated the Treasurer will soon announce the full details of a Productivity Commission (PC) review to examine challenges in Australia’s maritime logistics system, noting these relate to ‘competition, industrial relations, infrastructure constraints and technology uptake’.
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) welcome this development, being the culmination of a six months focussed advocacy and mainstream media campaign following an initial meeting with the Hon Dan Tehan (Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment) in Canberra on 2 June 2021.
Importantly, in a show of strength across Australian commerce, FTA/APSA have actively contributed to a broad coalition of peak industry bodies including the AIG, National Farmers Federation and APSA/ FTA member associations including the Australian Steel Association, the Australian Council of Wool Exporters & Processors, the Australian Meat Industry Council and the Australian Cotton Shippers Association. Collectively, the coalition has compiled a detailed terms of reference for consideration by the Federal Government.
In parallel, FTA/APSA has maintained subsequent contact with the Trade Minister and advisors, Treasury and more recently, regular (commonly daily) contact with the office of the Deputy Prime Minister and representatives from Prime Minister & Cabinet.
FTA/APSA has also had direct bi-lateral engagement and participated in broader data collection exercises led by the National Coordination Mechanism under the leadership of the Department of Home Affairs – a follow up meeting is scheduled again today, 1 December 2021.
FTA/APSA will continue its campaign for reform in matters that can be directly influenced by the Federal Government, including:
The Prime Minister indicated that we will know the review’s findings by the mid-2022, (notably, likely post the next Federal election) – a full transcript of the Prime Minister’s statement is available HERE.
Once the terms of reference are released, FTA/APSA will provide a further member briefing and detail on how to contribute to formal submission(s).
Paul Zalai - Director FTA | Secretariat APSA | Director GSF
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