International Freight Assistance Mechanism

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is a temporary measure to help restore critical global supply chains which have been impacted by COVID-19 containment measures around the world.

The grant is no longer available

Application detail:

For more information visit the International Freight Assistance Mechanism web page.

What you get?

The Mechanism will temporarily assist in reducing the impacts of COVID-19 on key international supply chains and will help businesses get their products on flights and to international customers quickly.

Who is this for?

Businesses trading internationally.


IFAM is necessary to ensure essential imports such as medicines and medical supplies can be transported to Australia. It also provides the opportunity, on the outbound legs, for producers of high-value agricultural and fisheries products, and other items of national interest, to resume servicing supply contracts with their international customers.

IFAM will identify demand for freight space on outbound flights and inbound flights, and work with airlines and industry to increase flights and restore supply chains broken as a result of COVID-19.

A network of 15 freight forwarders and air freight service providers has been established to support the delivery of the IFAM.

On outbound flights we have prioritised those products, in particular perishable products where businesses have important and established international customers.

Eligible products include:

  • seafood (including lobsters)
  • premium red meat (including beef, lamb and pork)
  • dairy (such as fresh milk and yoghurt)
  • horticulture (such as premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables)

On inbound flights we have prioritised critical medical supplies and medicines including:

  • personal protection equipment (PPE)
  • pharmaceuticals and consumables
  • medical equipment and consumables
  • inputs to health industries

Given the cost of airfreight, not all products are eligible at this time.

Exporters will need to make a financial contribution towards the increased cost of their freight. This cost will be more than pre-COVID airfreight rates. Importers may be charged a market rate to access freight capacity on return IFAM flights. IFAM is not a retrospective mechanism and commitments are negotiated and agreed with IFAM Freight Forwarders before cargo uplift.

For information on IFAM flight routes visit the International Freight Assistance Mechanism page.

How do you apply?

Businesses looking to access IFAM flights to export eligible products should register their interest in IFAM.

Businesses looking to access IFAM flights to import medical products should contact their freight forwarder.

You can find out more about eligibility and how to access IFAM flights at International Freight Assistance Mechanism.