The Australian Government have chosen DHL Global Forwarding to form a new air freight network to meet air freight needs.
According to the Australian Department of Agriculture, shipping disruptions are affecting agricultural exports, as 65% were supposed to be exported to Japan, the USA, China, Sought Korea and several Asia Pacific countries.
The government decided to establish a new air freight network to facilitate international freight, and DHL Global Forwarding has been selected to be part of it. Furthermore, the logistic group is assigned to coordinate importers of essential goods, such as healthcare supplies, personal protective equipment, automobile spare parts, and construction and manufacturing materials. The Government has released $110 million for International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) to help exporters and to restore the global supply chain.
Bernie Cooney, Perishables and Livestock Manager at DHL Global Forwarding Australia declared: "In perishables logistics, time is of the essence as fresh meats and produce need to arrive with their freshness and quality intact, and that is now possible as we can secure capacity through the air freight network for our customers. We are working towards restoring supply chains for all our customers. We are hopeful that with these measures, we can start to restore some of the pre-COVID volumes for perishable exports, and more if the Asian markets start to open up again once containment measures prove successful."
Regarding the export of high-value perishables, DHL Global Forwarding is helping the Australian Government with the import of critical products like Personal Protective Materials (PPE) and other essential goods.
George Lawson, Country Manager of DHL Global Forwarding Australia declared: "Trade, which is the lifeblood of our economy, has been heavily impacted by travel restrictions arising from the COVID-19 pandemic. As the market leader in the export of premium agricultural products and the import of healthcare, technology, and infrastructure goods, we are uniquely positioned to support the Australian Governments IFAM program in jumpstarting trade activity. With our team of global trade experts, worldwide network, and digital solutions, our aim is to improve lives by keeping Australian businesses running."
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