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Rail tagging change much smoother than claimed

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> Patrick and port technology specialist 1-Stop have poured cold water on recent concerns about the new rail tagging and release system at Port Botany. </span> <p>By Sam Collyer</p><p>Both groups said the implementation of the RTR system had been much smoother than a minority of the import industry had claimed.</p><p>The stevedore said it was still operating with the old system of allowing shipping lines to tag containers on the behalf of forwarders and brokers.</p><p>This follows a list of concerns sent to Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia members two weeks ago, likening aspects of the introduction of the system to the Integrated Cargo System implementation in 2005.</p><p>A Patrick spokeswoman said there had been no formal complaints about last week’s changeover adding that all issues that emerged during the transition process were being observed and corrected where necessary.</p><p>“It is incorrect to continue to bundle us together with DP World on this issue as they have undertaken a completely different approach to ours,” Patrick said.</p><p>“Currently we have a dozen shipping lines using the system and to date we have had no formal complaints from the lines or other stakeholders.</p><p>“The only complaints we are aware of are those raised by the CBFCA and [these] are currently being addressed by 1-Stop.”</p><p>All rail requests made using the old system were still being processed without issue or complaint, the stevedore said.</p><p>1-Stop said there had been only very minor tweaks to the system, which had been introduced without any notable incidents and had garnered the support of the shipping lines.<br />DP World did not respond to Lloyd’s List DCN’s enquiries.</p><p>Source: Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News – <a target="_blank" href=""></a><br />&nbsp</p>