Food and beverage led the way in a surge in overall exports from Tasmania last year.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures for the year to January found meat exports increased 46 per cent, seafood 68 per cent, and fruit and vegetables 44 per cent. Wood and woodchips also stood out, up 75 per cent for the period,reports The Mercury.
Elsewhere, The Advocate reports that overall merchandise exports were up $14 million in January.
January was also the first month of the federal government’s Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme, worth $203 million over four years.
A Tasmanian federal Liberal MP, Brett Whiteley, said it was “no coincidence”, citing the scheme and new free trade agreements.
''This government’s reforms have always been about enabling businesses to get their goods to market cheaper, to grow and to employ more Tasmanians,” he said.