Industry Peak Body HVIA, Backs Productivity Commission’s Probe

Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) has urged members to participate and support the Productivity Commission’s examination of supply chain weaknesses.

The organisation believes that systemic vulnerability across the supply chain has been exposed by the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Productivity Commission is undertaking a Vulnerable Supply Chains review with an interim report expected later this month.

The commission will accept written submissions on the interim report until April 30, before producing its final report.

Although many of the issues raised are global, HVIA believes the commission’s focus on local issues is both ‘appropriate and timely.’

“It is verging on calamitous when truck manufacturers are forced to park up brand new vehicles because a minor part has been held up by supply chain issues,” HVIA chief executive Todd Hacking says.

“We know that virtually every importer has been seriously affected, whether it is vehicles, components, parts, accessories or technology – everyone.”

“We hear their frustration: interminable delays, the impost on air freight, the hold-ups through quarantining; we appreciate these issues have a devastating impact on your customers’ ability to do business and also on your bottom line.”

“We are seeking further information from HVIA members to inform our submission to the inquiry,” Hacking adds.

“We need detail of the types of problems members have encountered, to ensure that the Productivity Commission has a clear understanding of the issues that need to be addressed.

The Vulnerable Supply Chains review details can be found here.