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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2011
702 Container trade remains the dominant type of trade through Sydney’s ports accounting for 83% of total trade revenue. In 2009/10, container trade through New South Wales’s leading container port – Port Botany, Sydney – increased by 8%, reaching almost 1.93 million TEUs. This was the ninth consecutive annual container trade growth record and the first time Sydney Ports Corporation recorded over 1.9 million TEUs in container throughput. As Sydney continues to grow, so does the demand for imports and exports and their associated delivery. One of the future challenges for Sydney’s ports is to accommodate this growth in trade. To facilitate future trade growth, Sydney Ports is leading best practice in global port developments and reforms by working with industry on a number of performance initiatives and major infrastructure projects such as the Port Botany Landside Improvement Strategy (PBLIS); the Port Botany Expansion project and the Intermodal Logistics Centre (ILC) at Enfield development. Port Botany is the nodal point of Australia’s most significant logistics supply chain and it is critical that the Port’s landside supply chain is efficient and high performing. As such, in April 2010 the NSW Government announced a world first – the new PBLIS reforms – to increase the port’s efficiency, consistency and transparency by regulating stevedore and carrier performance at Port Botany. These landmark reforms aim to ease truck congestion and freight delays by establishing a clear commercial relationship between carriers and stevedores, whereby penalties are paid by either party for failing to achieve agreed performance benchmarks. Sydney Ports is also working with the NSW Government to move more goods by rail to manage trade growth and the growth in freight trucks on our roads. The NSW Government has a target of moving 40% of containers to and from Port Botany by rail. Intermodal and distribution centres are also crucial to managing trade growth. Sydney Ports’ ILC at Enfield development will enhance the network of intermodal terminals throughout metropolitan Sydney and support increases in rail movements between the terminals and Port Botany. Further supporting these reforms is the Commonwealth Government’s announcement in January 2011 of a new national ports strategy – an Australian first. The strategy aims to improve the capacity of ports to cope with forecast future trade growth. The national ports strategy also addresses ‘improving landside efficiency and reliability’ as an immediate priority, which is directly aligned to Sydney Ports’ PBLIS reforms. Sydney Ports welcomes the Commonwealth Government’s coordinated approach to best practice port reforms; as well as the future planning and development of port and freight infrastructure. Sydney Ports remains committed to the long term growth and sustainability of Sydney’s ports and logistics networks. Sydney Ports will continue to provide the appropriate level of services and infrastructure to support the State’s trade needs, our local exporters and a growing NSW economy. For more information visit www. sydneyports.com.au Company profile Growing and Working Together 314862E_Sydney Ports Corp | 1699.indd 2 2/25/11 1:18 PM