Tasmanian Freight Logistics Committee calls for Transparency on new Shipping Provider

The Freight Logistics Committee is calling for an open and transparent tender process, for a new, international shipping service operator.

The Tasmanian Government is offering $11 million per year, for three years, to help get an international freight route up and running.

But while the Freight Logistics Council welcomes the move, Chair Steve Henty says the process must be open and transparent and whatever the outcome, it must meet the needs of all Tasmanian exporters.

"Anything that assists Tasmanian producers by reducing the cost of freight, therefore making them more competitive in a global market, is excellent," Mr Henty said.

"However, what we need is some information, so we can make sure that any such direct service from Tasmania is able to be utilised by as many producers as possible."

The subsidised re-establishment of an international shipping route, was an election promise and Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, has written to several local and international providers.

Proposals must be submitted by June 30 and a preferred provider will be announced on July 16.

Mr Henty says once a preferred provider is announced, commercial, in confidence laws, will no longer be a hurdle, meaning the thorough investigation of the services the company would be able to provide will be possible.

"We need that open and transparent process, so that anybody that exports has the opportunity to have their say, on whether that is a service they can use," he said.

"Unless we know what type of services are being offered, it's very difficult for Tasmanian businesses to make that commitment.

"We want to make sure that whatever service is chosen, will help as many Tasmanian exporters as possible and it's specialised to only one, or two exporters in the state."


Article by Jane Ryan

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