South Australian Grain producers to foot 30 per cent increase in container Terminal Access Charge

Grain Producers SA (GPSA) has urged Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal (FACT) to reconsider a proposed 30 per cent increase on the Terminal Access Charge (TAC) labelling it nothing more than an April Fools’ joke.

As of 1 April 2023, at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, owned and operated by Flinders Port Holdings, a TAC of $103.50 (ex GST) will be applied to full export containers and a TAC of $146.50 (ex GST) will be applied to full import containers.

Previously a TAC of $79.50 (ex GST) was applied on full export containers and a TAC of $112.50 (ex GST) was applied for full import containers – representing a 30 per cent increase from the start of April this year.

GPSA Chair Adrian McCabe said at a time when grain producers have been hit with record high input costs throughout the season, it is disappointing to see charges on export containers rise.

“GPSA has written to Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal on behalf of South Australian grain producers to express disappointment in a 30 per cent rise in charges on export containers from 1 April 2023 and urge them to reconsider such a hefty increase,” said Mr McCabe.

“Given the South Australian grain industry is predominantly export orientated, this additional charge is likely to have a direct cost impact on grain held for export in 2022/23, as well as into next season.

“In the GPSA annual producer survey for 2022, growers identified high input costs as the number one challenge going forward and we remain concerned about any further rising costs, such as the increase of the TAC on containers.

“While GPSA understands businesses have also been impacted by the record high input costs, this significant increase on export and import containers is a double whammy for grain producers.

“Increasing crop yields should not be the go-to choice to offset increasing cost pressures.

“We need to ensure productivity and sustainability under challenging climatic conditions aren’t sabotaged by pickpocketing grain producers to export grains”.