An escalating row on the waterfront at Port Botany in Sydney has damaged vital rural export contracts and delayed imports such as machinery and chemicals.
One shipping company was so fed-up with the union “go-slow” it dumped 600 containers at the Melbourne port instead of the intended destination of Port Botany.
Dubbo’s Fletcher International Exports boss Roger Fletcher is livid at the continuing dispute – and not blaming either side – that has placed his meat export contracts under threat.
One Korean exporter he was due to get meat to in 20 days, he’s had to tell them they won’t get the sea delivery until 50 days. Each changed shipping schedule involves another swathe of shipping documents that Fletchers have to draw up.