Constraints Lifted on Port Operations

Port response ~ “normal commercial relationships with customers.”

Port of Newcastle welcomes the Australian Competition Tribunal’s (ACT) decision about navigation and wharf pricing.

The Tribunal noted that prices should “provide an incentive to a service provider to efficiently (and in a timely fashion) invest in maintaining and improving infrastructure necessary to provide facilities at the Port”.

Prices that are too low can lead to non-investment or delayed investment, or the non-provision of some infrastructure services,” the Tribunal said.

Port of Newcastle (PON) CEO Craig Carmody said:

We have long said that port pricing should remain subject to an appropriate and efficient commercial relationship between the port and its customers.”

Following on from the Australian Government’s announcement in September regarding the revocation of the declaration of service at the Port of Newcastle, a period of unnecessary uncertainty for all parties has hopefully now been concluded.

We look forward to sitting down with all our customers to discuss our services and pricing as part of a return to a normal commercial relationship.”

Common sense decision on Newcastle port

In September, Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody supported Newcastle council’s stance on the revocation of the declaration of service at the Port of Newcastle. 

PON has long maintained the view that the Port should never have been declared and that the NCC’s original position in 2015 was sound.

The NCC’s recommendation was founded on robust legal and economic arguments for its position, and the NCC stuck to its guns in the face of some considerable pressure from other parties.

This is a victory for a common-sense approach to regulation. The outcome is consistent with the intent of the legislation as originally envisaged by the Productivity Commission and re-endorsed by the Australian Parliament in 2017.”