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Government launches national freight location registry

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Truckies and businesses will be able to use a new digital tool with pick-up and delivery location information to transport Australian produce more efficiently.

The registry contains operating hours, weight and height restrictions for vehicles, entry points, driver amenities and safety requirements for each site.

Barnaby Joyce, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development says the tool will make it easier and quicker for freight operators to pick-up and deliver goods and take some of the stress out of their day-to-day work.

“Every Australian, everywhere, every day relies on freight. The National Location Registry will benefit us all by backing a more efficient supply chain for our businesses and truckies,” he says.

Industry participants include Woolworths, Coles, Sanitarium, PepsiCo, Toll, Linfox and Australia Post.

“For farmers, manufacturers and distributors, the Registry will reduce some of the hassle and time it takes to get their products to where they need to go,” Baranaby adds. “This will make life easier for the more than 50,000 small businesses involved in Australia’s road freight sector. These businesses can now encourage location owners to list their pick-up spots and other important information on this one Registry, saving time and effort.”

Scott Buchholz, Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport says the Registry was kick-started by industry and for industry, with the support of the Government, to deliver the data the freight industry needs.

“A farmer that diversifies their plots to different crops and sets up a new processing shed can put this shed on the Registry so transport operators know exactly how to get in and pick up the produce to haul to markets,” he says.

“This will take some of the stress off our transport operators to find the new shed, ensure the produce is picked up quickly and smoothly, and means the farmer doesn’t have to give this information each and every trip.”

The Registry is a key element of the Australian Government’s broader National Freight Data Hub project, a $16.5 million investment to make a range of data available to support the freight industry. This includes the recently launched Supply Chain Benchmarking Dashboard, which is providing detailed and interactive modelling of Australian transport and logistics supply chains across 130 commodities.

The National Location Registry is managed by not-for-profit standards organisation, GS1 Australia, and is available at nlr.org.au.

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