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COVID-19 and Dairy Industry Trade and Markets - Briefings

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve worldwide, several key developments are reshaping and influencing dairy markets. These include changes to demand in Australia and overseas, distribution challenges and supply chain impacts. Dairy Australia is monitoring these developments closely and will release updated briefs on a weekly basis. Please download the latest issues brief for market information and implications from an Australian dairy industry perspective.

International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM)

The Australian Government has initiated the International Freight Assistance Mechanism to help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program is being managed by Mr Michael Byrne, International Freight Coordinator General, and will coordinate flights from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth to deliver fresh produce to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates.

Eligible products may include:

  • seafood, including lobsters
  • premium red meat, including beef and pork
  • dairy, including fresh milk and yoghurt
  • horticulture, including premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables.

A network of 15 freight forwarders and air freight service providers has been established to support the delivery of the IFAM. 

Once an exporter has registered and been found to be eligible for upcoming IFAM flights, they will be notified. You can contact an IFAM Freight Forwarder or your own Freight Forwarder (who will then work with an IFAM Freight Forwarder) to access any of the below options:

  • IFAM supported flights
  • Individual consignment (grant) assistance
  • Regional and remote flight connections

To find out more, visit the AusTrade's IFAM webpage

Register by sharing your air freight requirements now.

Questions? Please email freight.assistance@agriculture.gov.au

Airfreight Assistance Team
Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
(02) 6272 2444


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