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Perishable produce exporters to gain real-time supply-chain information

(Source: @Orangeheadmama via Twenty20/Metro Creative Asia)

Real-time information on supply chains and logistics will soon be available to Australian companies exporting perishable produce, in a new service established by the Federal Government.

“One of the biggest ongoing challenges for exporters is getting their produce to international customers,” said Minister for Trade and Tourism Don Farrell today, announcing the advisory service which launches on August 1. 

Delivered by Austrade, the service will help exporters navigate ‘new-look’ supply chains and the ever-changing international trade environment.

The real-time Export Supply Chain Service will also provide ongoing assistance to small to medium enterprises after the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is wound down.

The ministry says IFAM was a temporary, targeted emergency measure, that maintained essential airfreight supply lines impacted by Covid-19 disruptions throughout the height of the global pandemic. Its winding down commenced on June 30.

“Exporters must adapt to the new world of supply chain challenges, and we’re here to help them access the insights and information they need to do that,” said Australian Government freight controller, air vice-marshal Margaret Staib. 

“While pathways to trade internationally are being restored, businesses must recalibrate and adjust to current trade conditions. Supply chains are different to pre-Covid, but opportunities exist for businesses ready to innovate and adapt,” she said.

“IFAM helped stem wholesale job losses across farming, aviation and freight sectors. Around 35,000 jobs directly and over 120,000 jobs indirectly in agriculture, seafood, aviation and logistics were at risk when airfreight collapsed.”

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