Under the hard border closure, freight drivers are exempt from South Australia’s lockdown due to COVID-19. What does this mean for truck drivers and the local supply chain?
A report has forecasted that Australia will increase its total services exports by $45 billion by 2025, with transport and distribution responsible for 5.5 per cent and global B2B services to be the main driver of global export growth.
Road transport is playing a critical role in moving freight through the Victorian stage four lockdown, continuing to operate in metropolitan Melbourne to deliver essential items to stock shelves of every supermarket.
The newly established Freight Industry Reference Panel held its first meeting on Wednesday July 15, kick-starting its vital work to drive delivery of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy.
Transport for NSW has reviewed operations for the freight industry and have created an additional permit as of close of business Thursday 9 July that will enable critical workers in the transport sector to be exempt from self-isolation measures.
The logistics and transport industry is calling for more transparency from state Governments following the temporary closure of the NSW and Victorian border, with the Victorian Shadow Minister for Ports and Freight voicing concerns that delays in obtaining permits have the potential to disrupt the already fragile supply chain.
The Federal Government has announced a $240 million funding injection to help keep international freight routes and flights operating under its International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), that is anticipated to extend until the end of 2020.
Western Australia Transport Minister Rita Saffioti has invited industry and the public to have their say on the draft South West Supply Chain Strategy that will prioritise future road, rail, air and port infrastructure requirements for the South West region.
The Western Australian Government has secured funding by the Commonwealth Government, announcing a $10 million dollar upgrade for key freight roads in the Wheatbelt area.
Toll has launched its new $17 million logistics facility that is located in one of Australia’s fastest growing urban areas.