IFAM freight flights now available for exporters

Friday, May 1, 2020
Your clients may contact you for assistance – read on for next steps
Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) is continuing its engagement with Austrade in terms of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) looking to support ALL freight forwarding members. 

To that end, we encourage members to explore options available via "Grant" and "Block" funding as outlined in yesterday's member notice - refer HERE.

We will continue to keep members up to date on the latest developments. To that end, please refer below to the update provided overnight by Austrade.
Sal Milici - Head of Border and Biosecurity - FTA / APSA
New Qantas Freight Flight Availability
Under the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM), Qantas has made new freight flights available for Australian exporters.
Based on their expressions of interest (EOI) to IFAM, a number of exporters have been given priority access to initial flights as they meet the necessary high-value agricultural and fisheries produce and preferred destinations criteria.
Some of these exporters may be your clients and may contact you for assistance to get their produce on one of these freight flights. Information on how you can help is set out below.
The details
In an effort to get more freight moving, there are three initial Qantas freight flights that can get exporters' produce to Japan and Singapore starting next Tuesday, 5 May. There will be one flight per week for an initial period of six weeks.
There are three flight routes:
  • Sydney to Japan (Narita Airport)
  • Melbourne to Singapore
  • Brisbane to Singapore.
See the full flight schedule for flight numbers, days of operation, and departure and arrival times.
As per the goals of IFAM, the return flights will prioritise critical medical supplies.
What do I need to do?
As you may be aware, there are six freight forwarders appointed under the IFAM (see the list below).
Eligible exporters who put in an EOI have received an email noting the details of the flights. They have been instructed to either contact one of the six IFAM freight forwarders directly, or to contact their current freight forwarder to get their produce on these flights.
You will need to work directly with one of these six IFAM freight forwarders to get your eligible clients' produce on these freight flights. The IFAM freight forwarders are working directly with Qantas to get produce on flights.

If your clients have not yet submitted an EOI for these IFAM flights, please encourage them to do so here. Enquiries can be sent to airfreight@austrade.gov.au.
The Australian Government will meet a portion of the air freight costs – reducing costs for exporters and ensuring they can get their produce on flights and to international customers quickly.
However, exporters will need to make a financial contribution towards the cost of their freight.       
Qantas is applying the following flat rates for the freight. The Qantas rates take into account the Australian Government contribution to these flights.
  • Brisbane to Singapore – A$1.60 per kg
  • Melbourne to Singapore – A$1.60 per kg
  • Sydney to Tokyo (Narita) – A$1.60 per kg
Please note: The above rates do not include IFAM freight forwarder fees or rates.
Freight forwarder fees will be in addition to the Qantas freight fees outlined above.
More IFAM flights will be announced in the coming weeks.

If you have any questions or need more information, please email airfreight@austrade.gov.au.

Remember, additional freight capacity is available

In addition to these initial flights, there is alternative freight support available in the market while IFAM is progressing toward full implementation.
For more information on these additional flights, airlines, destinations and flight schedules, visit the IFAM web page.
Reduce the risk of goods being held up at destination ports
Please ensure all physical export documents, including government-issued phytosanitary and health certificates, are included with consignments.
Disruptions to air and courier services due to the COVID-19 crisis are delaying the delivery of airmail. Including export documents with consignments will avoid delays between the arrival of goods in export markets and the arrival of documents sent via airmail.
This will help ensure goods are processed and unloaded in a timely manner.
For more information, visit the IFAM webpage.


In response to an operational need, FTA now has a service to support forwarders who are contemplating chartering aircraft or building capacity to access IFAM "Grants" or "Blocks".  The solution is simple in the form of a bulletin board whereby industry can communicate with each other to advise freight space availability or requirements.

As a contribution to Australian trade and community, FTA will host this service as long as required on a free of charge basis to all of industry.

To find out more please contact us at support@FTAlliance.com.au