Category: VIC

We have been advised of the following announcement:

As you are aware, earlier this year the Parcel Direct Group (PDG) Board announced that it was undertaking a review of its investments with a potential outcome of divesting all or parts of the group.

I am now in a position to update you on the progress of this process.

Today we announce that Allied Overnight Express Pty Ltd has entered into an agreement to purchase the businesses of VicFast Parcel Direct and Hills Parcel Direct.

This includes the VicFast operation, the Hills operation in NSW and Queensland, and the Parcel Overnight Direct (POD) business in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

This transaction is due to take effect on 18 July 2011.

Source: CEO Parcel Direct Group

The charge will be designed to encourage and support key objectives in support of port and transport efficiency including:

  • Promoting increased use of rail transport to and from the port precinct. The charge will not apply to trucks carrying containers travelling to or from one of the rail terminals in the port or Dynon precincts.
  • Encouraging off peak use of roads accessing the Port of Melbourne to reduce peak hour congestion around the port. The charge will be differential with a higher rate in peak periods and a lower rate in shoulder and off peak periods.
  • Promoting increased use of High Performance Freight Vehicles and increased truck utilisation and two-way loading. As the charge will be applied to trucks and not containers, increased utilisation will result in lower average charges per container.
  • The funds collected by the charge will contribute to investments in vital infrastructure announced in the Victorian Transport Plan, including $18 billion in projects that will directly benefit the freight industry, such as the Truck Action Plan and WestLink.

For further details please refer to the following link: http://www.transport.vic.gov.au.

Source: DHL Global

In an effort to defray costs, both for normal operations and to pay for the channel deepening, the Port of Melbourne Corporation has released its new pricing schedule with increased wharfage on containers.

Under the new schedule, wharfage charges for loaded twenty-foot containers (TEU) will increase by $2.00 to $38.40 plus GST (5.5%), whilst empty container charges will increase by 40 cents to $9.60 plus GST (4.3%).

The infrastructure levy to recover costs for the successfully completed Channel Deepening Project will increase by 80 cents to $33.10 plus GST (2.5%).

PoMC chief executive officer Stephen Bradford said: “As trade shows encouraging signs of rebounding from the impact of the global financial crisis, PoMC’s pricing framework aims to balance the need to fund port infrastructure and services while minimising the need for larger incremental price changes over time, where possible.

“Last year most port fee increases were capped to CPI at a time when many of our customers were affected by the trade downturn. The cost of providing infrastructure and services to an appropriate standard of safety, security, sustainability and efficiency is reflected in the new pricing arrangements.”

Overall, fee increases have generally been kept to within a range of 4.0% to 7.5% with the exception of fees for liquid bulk and motor vehicle trades.

Liquid bulk fees will increase by 39 cents per tonne to better reflect the costs of providing infrastructure and services associated with the trade, together with the costs involved with the management of environmental considerations including the remediation of contaminated land.

Motor vehicle fees will increase by an average of $3.80 per motor vehicle to $22.62 (plus GST). The channel fee for pure car carrier vessels remains at 75% of the scheduled fee.

Source: T and L News