Over the past 3-4 weeks, many of the major CFS (container freight stations) have announced their own Infrastructure/Terminal Levies. This new fee is in addition to the Infrastructure Fee being levied on a per container basis by the Port Operators.
So far, the following companies have announced the implementation of either an Infrastructure Levy, or an International Terminal Fee to commence in the coming weeks –
QUBE Logistics – International Terminal Fee
ANJ Container Services – Infrastructure Levy
Price and Speed – Infrastructure Levy
Trojan Bond – Infrastructure Levy
ACFS – Infrastructure Levy
QUBE and Price and Speed have announced a flat fee per container, but the other CFS stations are now levying a per CBM fee for the unpack of any containers at their yards. As these 5 yards unpack for many of the container groupage operators into Sydney, it will undoubtedly have a flow on effect with increased port charges being billed on all LCL shipments.
All of the operators have outlined their reasons why. Namely, increasing costs, recent investment in capital equipment, compliance with Australian Border Force legislation, and so on.
It’s likely that more Container Freight Station operators will jump on the bandwagon soon, and as a result this fee will likely soon become the norm across the Industry.