Ports Australia has commissioned a leading consultancy to determine how ports can help Australia manage its growing freight activities amid congestion on roads and rail lines.

GeelongPort is participating the study by Deloitte Access Economics to investigate the critical role ports can play in lifting the freight burden, increasing Australia’s competitiveness, and reducing costs for Australian consumers and businesses.

GeelongPort Chief Executive Officer, Brett Winter, said both industry and government need to continue to explore and utilise all available freight options.

“With 15 berths and more than 30 hectares of available land, GeelongPort has substantial capacity to facilitate increased coastal shipping and support land based logistical tasks,” Mr Winter said.

“Customers want supply chain options and the blue highway can play a greater, complementary role in reducing the mounting pressure on existing road and rail infrastructure networks.”

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