Unprecedented Container Congestion – Seeking Your Input

Unprecedented Container Congestion – Seeking Your Input

NSW has faced a perfect storm of unprecedented container congestion in recent months. With COVID-19, MUA industrial action faced by all Stevedores at Port Botany at various times and adverse weather causing further delays of vessel berthing, the current status is at least 2 weeks of vessels off port that require servicing., The result has been supply delays of imported goods and increased congestion at all Sydney Container depots as empty container evacuations have slowed.

In addition, Sydney has experienced a loss of empty storage capacity of approx 8000 teu as a result of the permanent closure of a major Empty Container depot in St Peters in October. This is due to the commencement of the long awaited Sydney Gateway Construction project.

SCLAA is working with government and the industry to advocate for its members involved in the sector of physical supply of goods and services. We seek  input on how your business has been affected, what issues you have been able to mitigate and any additional costs/inefficiencies your business has incurred as a result.

Given that additional large areas of land in and around Port Botany for empty container storage is unlikely, we welcome industry feedback on current issues and alternative solutions recommended by the Study. In particular, the utilisation of Western Sydney depots, closer to mass scale warehouse Distribution Centres, for container storage overflow.

Transport for NSW have undertaken a study of Empty park congestion, the results can be viewed here.

Recommendations have been identified and can be viewed here.

All information received will be held in the strictest confidence.

Please send your input to the SCLAA National Secretariat by 9th November – secretary@sclaa.com.au