ACCC to investigate POTA, MCS takeover

The ACCC is reviewing the proposed acquisition by POTA NSW (POTA) of Maritime Container Services (MCS), as it has "noted the overlap between POTA and MCS in the supply of road and rail transport, empty container parks and associated services."
“The ACCC is seeking the views of market participants to enable it to assess the likely effect of the acquisition on competition and, accordingly, invites you to make a submission,” the organisation said. “Written comments are greatly appreciated, and [concerned parties] are also welcome to discuss the matter by telephone if that is more suitable.”
Contact: Gary Franklin on (03) 9290 1924 or Gabrielle Ford on (03) 9290 1942. Alternatively, correspondence can be emailed to or sent by fax to (03) 9663 3699, attention Gary Franklin/Gabrielle Ford.
The proposed transaction
POTA NSW proposes to acquire 100% of the issued share capital in MCS. The parties POTA NSW (POTA) and Maritime Container Services (MCS) each operate road and rail transport, empty container parks and associated services in the Sydney metropolitan area.
In particular, POTA NSW:
  • Operates two container parks which are accessible by road and rail, at Port Botany (POTA Port Botany) and at the Yennora Intermodal Terminal (POTA Yennora);
  • Provides all services at POTA Port Botany associated with empty container storage, such as container repair, cleaning, and reefer pre-tripping;
  • Provides road transport for full and empty containers; and
  • Provides a port shuttle rail services from POTA Yennora to Port Botany.
 The ACCC understands that MCS:
  • Operates two empty container parks, located at Cooks River (MGS Cooks River), and Banksmeadow (MCS Banksmeadow) – the ACCC understands that the MCS Cooks River site is accessible by road and rail, whereas the MCS Banksmeadow site is accessible by road only;
  • Provides services associated with empty container parks such as container repair, cleaning, and reefer pre-tripping at both MCS Cooks River and MCS Banksmeadow; and
  • Provides road transport for full and empty containers.
Questions for market participants
The ACCC understands that there are a number of empty container parks at various locations in Sydney, including Port Botany, Camellia, Cooks River, Yennora, Punchbowl, Strathfield, Minto, Villawood, and Enfield (proposed). The ACCC has prepared a series of questions and asks users of container services to provide their opinions.
Please download the list of questions here.

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