The International Freight Assistance Mechanism which was established to allow fresh produce to be delivered to key export markets, including China, during the near shutdown of the aviation industry during COVID-19, will be extended to the end of the year with an injection of $240 million.
The scheme has already seen more than 1,800 flights and 36,000 tonnes or $1 billion worth of agricultural and seafood exports delivered to China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand and the Middle East.
“These freight flights have been vital to getting Australian produce out the door during these tough times and helping to keep local farmers and fishers in business.” said Trade Minister Simon Birmingham.
“To keep and grow these markets we will continue to deliver the flights our exporters need to get their quality product overseas so the export dollars can keep flowing.”
Further information for exporters is available here: