Logistics groups warn about rising trucking fees

Australians could be forced to pay significantly more for fruit and vegetables again

Australians could be forced to pay significantly more for fruit, vegetables, milk, and other groceries over the next three years due to rising trucking fees. Transport and farming groups also cite the increased Heavy Vehicle Road User Charge; this is expected to raise a further $1.1 billion over four years and could force some businesses to close.

Australian Dairy Farmers president Rick Gladigau said the hike would also likely hit primary producers, both in feed and delivery costs, and put further pressure on their businesses. "The rise in the heavy vehicle tax will certainly be an impost on dairy farmers as freight costs will increase for milk, hay, grain, and everyday needs, and these are likely to be passed on to farmers," he said.

According to Queensland independent MP Bob Katter, the increased charge would ultimately raise the price of everyday grocery items or force companies out of business.

Source: au.news.yahoo.com

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