The International Freight Assistance Mechanism will be extended to mid-2022 to maintain critical airfreight links between Australian businesses and their international customers, critical to maintaining the flow of exports and imports.
IFAM will be maintaining global air links in the face of supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
South Eastern Professional Fishermen’s Association president Tim Harding welcomed the news.
“The announcement by the Federal Government of the extension to the International Freight Assistance Mechanism just weeks before the start of our fishing season is a significant boost to the entire rock lobster industry in the South East,” he said.
“Last season IFAM flights were responsible for connecting exporters with the markets and the consumers that love Southern Rock Lobster, despite the extremely challenging global air freight situation.
“IFAM will again be pivotal to the successful operation of our supply chain throughout the upcoming season.”
Member for Barker Tony Pasin said the extension meant producers in Barker had continued certainty of being able to reach important international markets while they adjusted to the world’s ‘new-look’ supply chains.
“Barker’s producers have an international reputation for clean, green, high-quality, high value produce and this initiative has allowed these products to continue to be exported into key overseas markets,” he said.
“Since April 2020 the International Freight Assistance Mechanism has supported a range of businesses in my electorate of Barker to get premium produce to key overseas markets and into the hands of consumers.
“Local product such as our Southern Rock Lobster has been given a lifeline through this program following devastating market interruptions with key trading partners.
“Keeping our farmers and fishers connected with their established international customers helps them to maintain their reputation as a reliable supplier of top-quality food and fibre.”