State Border Closure: Coronavirus Update
In an effort to contain the spread of Coronavirus, after a surge in new cases. New South Wales and Queensland will temporarily close their borders to Victorian residents on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at 12:01 am.
As a result of a rise in new coronavirus cases in Victoria. Who reported 191 cases within 24 hours. Consequently, causing infections to spread across the NSW and VIC border. As a result of the recent outbreak in cases, Premier Daniel Andrews has announced a 6-week lockdown.
Premier Daniel Andrews' announcement follows the announcements of NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian and, QLD Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk. Both Premier's confirmed the restrictions between the States.
The FTA, APSA & the State Border Closures
The Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) and the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) has highlighted the potential impact a border closure will have on the freight operations and logistics industry. Due to the NSW and VIC routes being the busiest in the nation, the closure could impact the supply chain. With the closure of the state borders between New South Wales and Victoria coming into effect on Wednesday, July 8, businesses are rushing to secure permits to travel in-between the state lines in order to avoid further impact on the supply chain.
According to the FTA and the APSA, a Transport for NSW executive will continue to communicate with key state departments. Therefore, this will ensure special conditions will be in place for freight operations and logistics, along with other critical services to ensure freight and logistics can continue without disruption.
Further, Transport NSW stated the NSW ports and airports
will remain open for freight imports and exports, with Australian Border Force
support vessels and aircraft arrivals if they meet specific criteria.
To stay up to date with the FTA and the APSA's announcement via their page: Transport for NSW freight coronavirus page.