Wimmera exporters tour freight terminal

EXPORTERS in the region learnt more about Wimmera Container Line at an information day on Tuesday.

Wimmera Container Line, which is part of SCT Group,  has been operating at the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal since 2011 and the company’s activity has increased to almost 20,000 containers in the past year.

The event was at the Horsham Town Hall.

SCT ports development general manager Matt Eryurek said the event attracted interest from regional exporters such as Johnson Asahi, Fruitmaster, Wimmera Grain Company and WIM Resource. “The major exporters were well balanced with key speakers and attendees from Horsham Rural City Council, regional Victoria and supply chain experts,” he said.

Councillor David Grimble kicked off the session . 

Mr Eryurek said other guest speakers included Port of Melbourne’s Jason Price, DPW Australia’s Ben Moke and Wimmera Container Line’s Tim Guidera.

“The collective views of the panel presenters was to promote rail to port,” he said.

“Jason discussed the newly privatised Port of Melbourne and its aspirations to achieve rail access into the port.

“In his words, ‘we need to start now or it will be too late.We are keen to increase rail with our plans and investment’.”

Mr Eryurek said Mr Guidera was very passionate about his team’s achievement in delivering 100 per cent of its containers to port on time, every time.

“He mentioned that with rail the cost is the cost,” he said.

“He also highlighted that if the region was to lose the Mode Shift Incentive Scheme we could be at risk of losing containers from rail to road.”

Mr Eryurek also spoke at the session.

He discussed SCT’s aspirations to feed the Wimmera Container Line exports into the Port of Melbourne and return with imports into SCT Altona intermodal.  The day ended with a question and answer session, followed by a site tour of the Wimmera Intermodal Freight Terminal.