Commodity freight refers to bulk primary products that are transported on a seasonal or low frequency basis from the place of production to the place of processing.
While commodity routes may be assessed to a modified standard from that applying to prescribed vehicles or PBS freight routes, they still must meet certain standards to protect the road infrastructure and ensure road safety.
Specific conditions applying to the use of commodity routes may include:
- travel limited to seasonal operation only, for example to align with harvest season
- restricted to a particular commodity
- time restrictions to minimise environmental and amenity impacts
- speed restrictions to prevent infrastructure damage and maintain vehicle stability and safety on rough or unsealed roads.
The goods that have been approved for transport on commodity routes include:
- logged forest timber
- hay and bulk stockfeed
- baled wool
- fresh fruit and vegetables