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Forum will focus on intermodal freight

Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 ( #556 ) - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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Tania Whyte, chair of the intermodal panel session.
The need for efficient, effective and seamless intermodal freight in Australia comes under the spotlight at the upcoming ALC Forum taking place from 28-30 March in Sydney.

Discussions will focus on how to support and facilitate the growth of intermodal freight to ensure this critical component of the supply chain plays a more prominent role in meeting Australia’s freight task.

The Making Intermodal Freight Work panel session will involve leading industry figures including Tania Whyte, president, commercial – Linfox Logistics; Ken Lewsey, executive vice president– QR National; Chris Keast, director – Pacific National Rail, Asciano; Air Vice-Marshal Margaret Staib AM, CSC, Commander Joint Logistics - Department of Defence; and Paul Ebsworth, divisional director -Toll Domestic Forwarding Division.

Tania Whyte, chair of the intermodal session says the discussion will be timely, given a growing sense among industry that intermodal freight needs to be given a higher priority by both industry and government.

"We all recognise that intermodal hand-offs are one of the major cost factors in our supply chains, so there is a real prize for streamlining those interfaces, be they ports or rail terminals.

"One part of the answer is investing in the right infrastructure in the right place to achieve a smoother and more continuous flow of freight through and between our cities. Another part is ensuring that planning authorities factor freight flows into their thinking. And lastly of course, there is a lot that we as industry participants can do to make intermodal handovers more efficient."
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