The National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) has greeted the Federal Government’s announcement of ITS agreement with fertiliser manufacturer Incitec Pivot to secure local production of refined urea for the supply of Diesel Exhaust Fluid (AdBlue).
NatRoad Chairman Scott Davidson said expanding domestic manufacturing capacity was good news for the heavy vehicle industry in the long term, but he remains concerned about supply in the immediate term.
“Since late last week, we have been hearing from operators, some of them quite large, who no longer have adequate supply to keep their trucks on the road,” Mr Davidson said.
“We are encouraged that there is an additional month’s supply of unrefined urea on its way from Indonesia, but note that it won’t be here until January and it will still need to be processed.
“The price of AdBlue has gone through the roof since the shortage began and we echo the Government’s call to suppliers to give customers a fair deal at the bowser.”