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April 27, 2020

Austrade Update – 27/04/2020

Hi Gary,

The Australian Government is pleased to announce we are one step closer to helping rebuild critical global supply chains for Australia’s agricultural and fisheries exporters.

Today, six Freight Forwarders and nine air freight service providers were appointed to provide freight services on key export routes under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM).

Their networks will link Australia’s agricultural and fisheries producers to export hubs, while their proven experience in handling premium, perishable produce on a large scale will meet the needs of our seafood, meat, dairy and horticulture exporters.

How will the mechanism work?

*FF = Freight Forwarder. ^Non-IFAM Freight Forwarder will need to work with one of the six IFAM Freight Forwarders to access the mechanism.
The Government recognises that the COVID-19 outbreak has significantly impacted international freight costs out of Australia, creating a major impact on Australian agriculture and fisheries exporters.

The Co-Ordinator General of the IFAM, Mr Michael Byrne, will work with IFAM appointed suppliers to establish efficient and timely logistics processes.

The aim of the Mechanism is to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian agricultural and fisheries sectors. To this end, the government will meet a portion of the airfreight costs – reducing costs for exporters and ensuring they can get their produce on flights and to international customers quickly.

The Mechanism intends to use a range of approaches including charter services and block purchases of capacity. The IFAM team are currently working through the details of how the Mechanism will work, and will share these details through further communications including email and our website

Exporters need to be registered to access IFAM

Please register your interest by completing and submitting the form available at

IMPORTANT: If you have already submitted an EOI before 16 April 2020, please note that you will need to resubmit the form with additional information. This additional information will inform which air freight routes are prioritised by the IFAM.

Additional freight capacity is available now – contact your Freight Forwarder

While IFAM is progressing toward full implementation, there is additional freight support available in the market.

The best way to access this capacity is through your Freight Forwarder.

Go to the IFAM webpage for more information.

COVID-19 support for Australian businesses

We are working hard to help Australian exporters, big and small, overcome the challenges posed by COVID-19. For additional government support visit

For market insights and latest updates visit Austrade’s COVID-19 page