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Posted on April 6, 2016 in Road Freight Articles

Road Transport Systems: the essential component in Queensland’s changing logistics industry

The face of logistics in Queensland and across Australia is changing with the times. With thriving markets for FMCGs, especially in the E-commerce sector, international logistics has become as important as domestic logistics to the country’s economy.

But Queensland’s logistics industry must integrate all of our air, sea and road transport systems into a smooth machine if we’re going to meet our market demand—which means streamlining cartage and container transport between our ports and distribution centres. And while government and industry bodies are making plans to better use all of the country’s transportation systems—especially sea freight—road transport is still the key component of our future networks.

 

 

The role of road transport is more important than ever: and it’s well known that the broad experience of leaders in the sectoris fundamental to meeting the challenges of our changing industry. What’s unexpected is how well road transport has adapted to transformations in our markets, and in just how many ways the expertise of road transport providers is benefiting Australia’s businesses.

 

Road transport’s evolution with the times

Queensland’s ports are bursting at the seams these days, and it’s widely understood that road transportation is the key to better integration of all the systems.


To streamline our international logistics systems and prevent congestion in our ports, we need efficient wharf cartage and container transport


which is something that the best road transport providers have been delivering for decades.

The broad experience of well-established road transport providers has turned out to be invaluable in the new global focus of the industry. While warehousing and inventory management has always gone hand in hand with road transportation, it’s never been more evident that they’ve got more experience and deeper knowledge in navigating their customers through issues with customs clearance and shipping regulations, LCL and FCL shipments, and cartage between ports and distribution centres than their counterparts across sea and air ever knew about.

Over the last few decade or two, the industry has been changing fast, and road transport providers have had their finger on the pulse: before anyone knew which direction our markets were going to head in, they were negotiating the gamut of a newborn E-commerce market, and learning how to manage their customer’s shipments under new conditions.

While import and export issue management has traditionally been the domain of air and sea systems at the points of departure, good road transport providers have been stepping up in recent times to improve distribution with better and more comprehensive strategies for shipping and cartage, and streamlining the supply chains of the many businesses that service our markets and support our economy.

 

 

How road transport helps our ports

A customer’s shipments leaving or arriving at the ports is only a small part of the entire supply chain. Without an efficient road transport system, the goods can’t be moved fast enough—which means a clagged-up port, and a sluggish pace fulfilment for the business. Getting containers moving in and out of our wharfs fasterand more efficiently is the only way to relieve the burden on our ports—and road transport is the key to achieving it.

Good road transport providers understand the ins and outs of wharf pickups and drop-offs. They can negotiate their way through the heavy restrictions of customs clearance, consolidating their clients’ inventories into the safest, fastest, and most cost efficient configurations to help them successfully service their own customer bases. They can save their clients significant time and money, by using their industry insight into the customs regulations for importing and exporting to lower their risk and improve their reliability. And they’ll also have the right tools and expertise to get the goods moving where they’ve got to go—even if it’s to the far reaches of our country’s regional centres.

 

 

It’s true that the burden on the road transportation sector is getting heavier under the changing economic functions of the state and the country. But having the right road transport providers—those with the right experience and knowledge—operating through our ports could be the key to improving the overall function of the wider networks.

 

From wharf to South East Queensland, and to regional centres

The road transportation system is the backbone of our state and national economies. Road transport’s long history of traversing the wide expanses of the country has resulted in services that are dependable, efficient, and sustainable, even under the new challenges of our modern markets and environmental concerns.

Good road transport providers understand the unique needs of Australian businesses. They understand how to navigate the many challenges of wharf cartage and container transport in Queensland, and how to achieve seamless integration between their partner transport systems to pave a smooth path for their clients’ shipments to come in from or head off overseas.

G&D Partners have been servicing our state for decades, and we’re up to the challenge of supporting Queensland’s businesses in their international trade endeavours. We’ve got the skills and experience to deliver flawless logistics services from our ports to our regional centres, whether it’s Brisbane to Mt Isa, Cloncurry, or Longreach.

 

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