The ACCC has released its annual Container Stevedoring Monitoring Report 2018-19, which examines the performance of stevedores operating at Australia’s ports during the last financial year. Among the key findings of the report:

  • A general weakening of the economy has seen demand for stevedoring services decline, evidenced by a drop in crane lifts for only the second time in a decade;
  • Higher infrastructure charges are driving unit revenue growth for the stevedores. The industry generated $167 million in revenue from infrastructure charges last financial year – an increase of 63 per cent;
  • Some industry profitability indicators fell in 2018-19, continuing a trend from recent years. Industry operating profit fell by 4.7 per cent to $81.3 million and operating profit margin fell to 5.9 per cent; and
  • Key indicators of quayside productivity went up by more than 5 per cent, with the productivity of Australian container ports now on par with international ports of similar size and characteristics.

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Courtesy of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.