The Australian Government has appointed a network of air freight forwarders and providers to help restore supply chains disrupted by COVID-19, and is calling on exporters to register their interest in using the service – even if they have previously registered.

The government announced late last week that it had appointed 6 freight forwarders and 9 air freight providers to service key export routes under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM).

IFAM aims to reduce the freight impacts of COVID-19 on Australia’s agricultural and fisheries exporters, who have experienced cost consequences and reduced access to freight services as a result of the pandemic.

Under IFAM, the federal government will meet a portion of airfreight costs, and the IFAM Coordinator-General will work with forwarders and providers to establish efficient and timely logistics.

The forwarders will link Australia’s agricultural and fisheries producers to export hubs, while the freight providers’ proven experience in handling premium, perishable produce scale will meet the needs of seafood, meat, dairy and horticulture exporters.

To apply to use the services, Queensland exporters must register with IFAM, which will use the information submitted to determine demand, routes, eligibility and logistics.

Any exporter who registered for IFAM before 16 April is being asked to re-register now and supply additional information.

You can read more about IFAM on the IFAM webpage.

The Queensland Government is also offering a range of business support programs for exporters affected by COVID-19.

Freight forwarders appointed for IFAM

  • CT Freight
  • Schenker Australia
  • Kuehne & Nagel
  • Air Menzies International (Aust)
  • Toll Group
  • DHL Global Forwarding (Australia)

Freight providers appointed for IFAM

  • Cathay Pacific Airways
  • Emirates
  • Etihad Airways PJSC
  • Federal Express Corporation
  • Japan Airlines
  • Singapore Airlines
  • Qantas Airways
  • Qatar Airways Group (QCSC)
  • Virgin Australia Airlines