New and extended IFAM supported flights and IFAM eligibility update

27.07.2020 Austrade

In line with the Government’s recent announcement of an additional $241.9 million, The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) will continue to support airfreight capacity in and out of Australia.

Eligibility for products supported by IFAM has shifted to being determined by a set of overarching principles rather than only specific commodities.

These principles determine eligibility based on Australian-made or produced products that are:
  • High value
  • Time-sensitive
  • Reliant on airfreight, for example, due to perishability or are:
    • products that could not be sent by an alternative to airfreight without losing their essential product characteristics or value
    • goods that have a limited shelf life or are required to meet a sudden or immediate need.
  • Otherwise deemed to be in the national interest.
Many of the agriculture and seafood products supported by IFAM to date will remain eligible; however, IFAM will not be limited to agriculture and seafood goods, and products meeting the above principles may be considered for IFAM support.

Additional products now eligible under the principles framework may include medicines which have a short shelf life, are high-value and are reliant on airfreight to meet a sudden or immediate need – for example, blood products, or raw material ingredients for pharmaceuticals.

New and extended IFAM supported flights

On July 24th, as part of phase two, IFAM has announced new and extended (Inbound and Outbound) flights, which are now open 72 hours prior to departure for all freight forwarders to access.

New IFAM Outbound supported flights
  • Sydney to Shanghai with Qantas
Extended IFAM Outbound supported flights
  • Adelaide to Singapore with Singapore Airlines
  • Brisbane to Singapore with Qantas
  • Brisbane to Narita with Qantas
  • Brisbane to Auckland with Qantas
  • Brisbane to Hong Kong via Cairns with Qantas
  • Brisbane to Los Angeles with Virgin
  • Darwin to Brisbane with Toll
  • Melbourne to Hong Kong with Qantas
  • Melbourne to Singapore with Qantas
  • Melbourne to Narita with Japan Airlines
  • Sydney to Narita with Qantas
  • Sydney to Narita with Japan Airlines
  • Toowoomba to Hong Kong with Cathay Pacific
  • Toowoomba to Singapore with Singapore Airlines
Extended IFAM Inbound supported flights
  • Auckland to Brisbane with Qantas
  • Hong Kong to Brisbane with Qantas
  • Hong Kong to Melbourne with Qantas
  • Los Angeles to Brisbane with Virgin
  • Narita to Sydney with Qantas
  • Narita to Brisbane with Qantas
  • Narita to Melbourne with Japan Airlines
  • Singapore to Melbourne with Qantas
  • Singapore to Brisbane with Qantas
The full list of all flights can be found here and IFAM Flight Schedule Inbound can be found here

Exporters should submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and keep in regular contact with freight forwarders to access IFAM-supported flights.

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