CTAA calls for improved container supply chain visibility to boost productivity

CTAA calls for improved container supply chain visibility to boost productivity

The announcement by NSW Ports and lessee Tyne Container Services of a new empty container park facility in Port Botany has been welcomed by Container Transport Alliance Australia (CTAA). "For some time now, the landside container logistics sector has been concerned with a shrinking of empty container management capacity in NSW, which has contributed to some truck processing congestion at the remaining facilities," said CTAA Director, Neil Chambers. "It's great news that capacity has been added in the Port Botany precinct, and we look forward to its operation.

"Still though, when the Sydney Gateway road connection project is built, empty container management capacity will be impacted in St. Peters. So, we are keen to ensure that remaining capacity is bolstered by improved interface efficiencies.

"One of the clear lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic is that container logistics, along with other freight services, is essential, and we must continue to find ways to build container supply chain resilience and productivity in the future," he said. One initiative that CTAA is promoting strongly to the NSW Government, and to Transport for NSW, according to Chambers, is the need to tackle existing archaic processes in processing container truck arrivals at empty container parks. "These processes are still hampered by a lack of information provision and visibility, which leads to sub-optimal gate-in activities and slower truck turnaround times," he said.

"Also, we lack a true measure of any truck queuing delays at Empty Container Parks."

Chambers said measure to improve these issues will require the cooperation of all parties in the container logistics chain, including:

  • Shipping lines providing electronic messaging in advance on empty import container de-hire instructions (100 per cent of the time);
  • Shipping lines working with their empty container park providers to improve information provision on suitable export container stock availability against valid export booking releases;
  • Greater information visibility and data sharing on empty container de-hire re-directions;
  • Transport operators and drivers embracing further technology applications in-cab and change management; and
  • Empty Container park operators actively promoting paperless processing, forklift allocation and improved truck turn time velocity.

"Post COVID-19, CTAA alliance companies look forward to working closely with the Government, Transport for NSW, NSW Ports, and all stakeholders in the chain to achieve these necessary empty container management improvements," said Chambers.

In related news, CTAA has launched a CTAA Covid-19 Emergency Response Register as a contingency planning measure.

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