International Freight Assistance Mechanism support extended 

On 3 July, the Australian Government announced an additional $241.9 million to continue the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), helping keep international freight routes and flights operating until the end of the year.

The new funding will keep high-value, time sensitive and perishable exports and vital imports, such as medical supplies and other essential items, flowing as we continue the economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. It will also re-establish domestic connections for producers and growers in regional and rural areas that rely on air freight to get their products to customers.

$110 million will help exporters get their high-quality produce into key overseas markets. Return flights will bring back items critical to the ongoing health response. This includes vital medical supplies, medicines and equipment.

Eligible produce

The target is high-value agricultural and fisheries exports, predominantly for perishable products where Australian exporters have important established customers in markets.

Eligible products may include:

  • seafood, including lobsters
  • premium red meat, including beef and pork
  • dairy, including fresh milk and yoghurt
  • horticulture, including premium fruits and packaged salad or vegetables.

Destination countries

Target countries will be determined by demand and freight optimisation criteria as advised by the International Freight Coordinator General.

The International Freight Assistance Mechanism will initially focus on the key markets of:

  • China
  • Japan
  • Hong Kong
  • Singapore
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

This list may be expanded in future based on demand, operating method and commercial opportunities.

How to express your interest

If you're a business looking to access IFAM flights to export eligible products, you will need to register you interest.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has set up an information line and a process to capture feedback from exporters.

You can read more about what products are eligible, and how to access the IFAM flights on our International Freight Assistance Mechanism page.

Express your interest and share your feedback.

Find more information about the Air freight support or call (02) 6272 2444.