TAS farmers now have a voice on prohibitive exporting conditions

Jan Davis from the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association is now part of the new Freight Logistics Co-Ordination Team and will help to overcome restrictive exporting conditions.

Funded by the Australian government, the Team will look at overcoming the current issues surrounding the shipment of Tasmanian goods interstate and overseas.

Chief executive of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association,  Davis said, "The high cost of shipping our produce out of Tasmania and the lack of a direct international shipping link are among the most serious problems we face.

"Farmers face the quintuple whammy of high freight costs across Bass Strait, a new licence fee for using the Port of Melbourne, double handling in Melbourne to get onto overseas vessels, a carbon tax on shipping fuel but not road fuel and the outdated Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme that fails to recognise any of these problems," she added.

"And we have the continuing high Australian dollar."


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