Home to a booming population and Australia’s busiest port, Victoria’s growing freight task could soon put the system under stress. Handling over three million TEU containers a year, the Port of Melbourne utilises a traditional import and export process to facilitate distribution of freight across Victoria, domestically and across the world. Truck transport is at the core of the network, with hundreds of trucks flooding local roads and major arterials daily, providing the crucial link between distributors and freight destinations. But is this predominately traditional system the best solution? How do we ensure the most efficient process? And, ultimately, how do we deliver the best results for freight facilitators and those that rely on the network?

The successful development of freight intermodals and record levels of investment in rail infrastructure could be the answer to this search for efficiency, and early collaborators across the supply chain could be the first to experience the benefits.