Leading domestic freight forwarder Toll Intermodal, part of Toll Group, today celebrated the opening of its landmark interstate freight forwarding facility in Kewdale in Perth’s southeast.
Intermodal freight is freight moved by more than one mode such as road, rail and sea, and Kewdale is Perth’s key intermodal hub.
Speaking at today’s official opening, Toll Domestic Forwarding Divisional Director Paul Ebsworth said the state-of-the-art, 55,000 square metre site reinforced Toll’s position as Australia’s leading domestic freight forwarder.
“This high-tech, $47 million facility is one of the most advanced of its kind in Australia, and is a key part of the Toll Intermodal network,” Mr Ebsworth said.
“Toll recognises the growing appetite for intermodal movement of freight in Australia, and is investing to take full advantage.
“Toll Intermodal’s Kewdale site is part of comprehensive, national intermodal service offering for our customers from Cairns to Perth.”
Toll worked with Asciano’s rail division, leading rail operator Pacific National Rail, located next to the Toll site to implement the Cargo Link concept, directly transferring freight between sites without using the road. The direct interface between the two sites reduces container handling times and enables the faster and more efficient delivery of freight.
“Now that we can access each other’s sites directly, containers can be transferred without needing to be loaded onto trucks and driven via road and unloaded again.”
Mr Ebsworth said since the Kewdale facility started operations in late February, Toll was already seeing the benefits of Cargo Link.
“We have reduced truck journeys between sites by around 400 trips each week. We’re running a more efficient business that also provides a better service to our customers.”