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$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.