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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.

From the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, supply continuity of key farm inputs has been top of mind for many dairy farmers. Dairy Australia has prepared the below briefing note that reflects the current situation and outlook for supplies of fertiliser and agricultural chemicals. Whilst the ongoing spread of COVID-19 has caused disruptions to global supply chains and flow-on logistical challenges, widespread or prolonged shortages are not regarded as likely and product continues to be shipped.

International freight support - Expression of Interest 

On 1 April, the Australian Government announced $110 million in funding to help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets during the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will be 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.

Six freight forwarders and nine air freight service providers have been appointed to provide air freight services on key export routes under the Mechanism. The details can be found in the Ministerial Release and Fact Sheet.

The Fact Sheet has further details for exporters on the Mechanism. Once an exporter has submitted their EOI and been found to be eligible for upcoming IFAM flights, they will be notified. Exporters can use their own freight forwarder, however to access the IFAM flights, that freight forwarder must contact one of the contracted freight forwarders listed in the Fact Sheet.

Alternatively, exporters can contact one of the six freight forwarders contracted to deliver IFAM directly (contact details in Fact Sheet).
The fact sheet also has further details on the additional domestic and international commercial and repatriation flights which are becoming available

Express your interest 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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