Capacity Expansion and Access Pricing for Rail and Ports

Capacity Expansion and Access Pricing for Rail and Ports

  • Discussion Paper
  • Project Information

The QCA looked at the application of pricing principles in a discussion paper, Capacity Expansion and Access Pricing for Rail and Ports, published in April 2013. Seven stakeholders made submissions in response to the paper.

The project is now closed. The QCA may rely on aspects of this analysis from time to time to inform its views on certain matters.

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In a commercial setting, parties agree to an access price for major capacity additions, to apply over the contract period. However, in the case of declared rail access in Queensland, the service is provided by a monopolist and the price of access is determined after long-term capacity contracts have been signed. Clearly it is easy for disputes to develop in such circumstances. 

The QCA investigated options for pricing of access to major expansions in capacity for rail and port infrastructure.  This included looking at where access to one tranche of capacity should be priced the same or differently to access to another. A Discussion Paper was published in April 2013.

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