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Cabinet has approved a programme of work to develop a comprehensive Upper North Island Supply Chain Strategy. The work encompasses a logistics and freight review, a plan for the long-term future of ports in the Upper North Island, including the location of Ports of Auckland, and priorities for investment in rail, roads and supporting infrastructure.

Announcing the decision Associate Minister of Transport Shane Jones said that building an effective and sustainable transport system is a priority for the Government, and that understanding the drivers and uncertainties around the future of freight and logistics demand is vital to ensuring our supply chain is fit-for-purpose in the long term.

Government will soon appoint an independent working group who will report to the Minister of Finance, and the Minister and Associate Minister of Transport.

We note that NZSC wrote to Ministers in conjunction with the release of the updated Big Ships report, pointing to one of the report’s key conclusions that it is imperative there is integrated planning of investments right across the country’s freight corridors. A copy of the letter can be viewed here.Cover letter to Ministers Big Ships report 2017_

A meeting with Minister Twyford is scheduled in April. In the interim we will be underlining the need for shippers’ representation in the working group to ensure the voice of cargo owners is heard.



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