Empty Park Congestion, Re Direction Fees & De Hire Challenges


To our Valued Customers,


Empty container management is a vital component of the efficiency of any container port.  However, many challenges arise, access pricing is skyrocketing, and the cost of managing empty containers through the supply chain is increasing.


Landside logistics operators bear the initial brunt of these cost increases, and ultimately they impact on import and export supply chain competitiveness.


Recently, there has been a plethora of announcements in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle of significant increases in Empty Container Park (ECP) Notification Fees paid by road transport operators for truck arrival notification slots.


Congestion at Empty Container Parks (ECPs), at stevedore terminals for Direct Return of Empties (DRE), and constant re-direction of empties between one facility and another have significant cost implications for container transport operators:


  • A lack of available container slots for the return of empties
  • The need to stage empty containers through transport yards, including the costs of additional container lifts and yard storage
  • Additional truck kilometres travelled - made worse by constant re-directions
  • Longer Truck Turnaround Times (TTT), leading to the danger of the truck missing its subsequent time slot in another part of the supply chain and incurring penalties there
  • Added risks of No Show fees and other penalty regimes 


Time delays which threaten the ability of transport operators to ensure that import empty containers are de-hired within container detention free times, and subsequent invoices from shipping lines to importers for container detention.


We of course as always will do all we can to return empty containers back to de hire depot within the allocated free time allowance.


BRi will continue to keep clients updated with any further development. Should you have any questions or queries relating to the above, please do not hesitate to contact your BRi Customer Solutions Representative.


Keeping you updated,

BRi Transport Team

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