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In early March, before WHO confirmed the pandemic on the 23rd, TF&VEFG reviewed its risk register and made some very important and necessary adjustments due to the impacts of coronavirus on the Group and the projects that we deliver.
When we expanded our considerations and established THE OTHER SIDE initiative, freight was a major issue.
Not just air; but also, sea.
Not just outbound; but also, inbound.
Last Sunday, Brett Charlton, Chair of the Tasmanian Logistics Council, wrote a letter to Tasmania with the preface that he didn’t want to be alarmist; just to be factual in anticipation of likely outcomes and how they may affect business in Tasmania.
I strongly recommend you read Brett’s letter.

Letter from the Chair of the Tasmanian Logistics Council

Brett Charlton writes as follows “….Challenges that our State (indeed our Country) will be facing in regards to the shipping and logistics side of things over the next coming months.”

In this week's issue:

Group's Webinars




Newsletter #27 – Time to get out and about to the better normal

If you missed it, please read it here.

Webinar #11: Air & Sea Freight - Update for Tasmania

Last week, we heard from two excellent presenters who spoke transparently, frankly and unambiguously about the opportunities and challenges that face shippers of horticultural produce to international markets by AIR and SEA this coming season.
Furthermore, you must work very closely with your freight forwarder, get agreements and rates in writing, arrange equipment positioning ASAP, and, have plan B, C and D in place ready to go as soon as situations change.
Whichever way you look at shipping for this coming season, rates will be more expensive than last year.

To listen to the recording, please go to our website here.

State of the States: CommSec

For the second quarter in a row, Tasmania holds the mantle of the best performing economy in its own right. But there have been notable changes in the other rankings. Victoria has dropped from second to third spot, behind the ACT. NSW shares equal fourth spot with South Australia. Then in joint sixth position are Queensland and Western Australia from the Northern Territory.

Coming to Tasmania: Seasonal Workers - Change of Process

An important update from Caroline Brown from AgriGrowth Tasmania.
Following on from the Premier’s announcement on 2 October 2020 regarding the plan to ease border restrictions, the G2G process for seasonal workers coming to Tasmania will change.  The following provides a brief summary of where to find information.
For Seasonal workers coming from QLD, ACT, WA, SA and NT – they are only required to register through Tas e-Travel – no further supporting information is needed.  These workers are treated as any other traveller coming from these low risk areas.  See more here.
For Seasonal workers coming from New South Wales – They will need to apply under the current G2G seasonal worker exemption process. See more here.
For Seasonal workers coming from a high risk location – they are required to seek approval to enter the State before travelling and will be required to quarantine in government designated accommodation for 14 days. See more here.
For specific questions relating to Tas e-Travel: please contact the Tasmanian Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738. 
For specific questions relating to the G2G seasonal worker exemption process:  Please contact the FarmPoint Hotline on 1300 292 292.

Biosecurity Advisory 15/2020: Tasmania is Queensland fruit fly free - please help up keep it that way!

Biosecurity Tasmania is asking all Tasmanians to be vigilant for anything unusual in fruit with the spring and summer months being the peak times for fruit fly activity on mainland Australia and a time of increased risk for Tasmania.
While Biosecurity Tasmania has strict controls in place aimed at reducing the risk of fruit fly getting into Tasmania, we ask everybody to remain vigilant for any signs of fruit fly.
Tell-tale signs of fruit fly include live larvae or eggs in the flesh of the fruit or small puncture marks on the skin of the fruit. Fruit fly larvae look similar to blowfly maggots and could potentially be found in fruit that you purchased, or from fruit grown in your backyard.
Queensland fruit flies lay eggs in a wide range of fruits and fruiting vegetables. This list is a guide to potential fruit fly hosts.
Good biosecurity is a shared responsibility. Whilst Biosecurity Tasmania works closely with mainland states to help manage the fruit fly risk and there are increased resources and inspections taking place at the border for imported fruit fly host produce, the risk to Tasmania can never be zero.
Therefore industry, government and the community are encouraged to remain vigilant and work together to help protect Tasmania.
Anyone who notices any signs of fruit fly is asked to put the fruit in a sealed bag or container and place it in the refrigerator and contact Biosecurity Tasmania on 03 6165 3777. Please do not dispose of any fruit that has larvae you think might be fruit fly.
More information on Queensland fruit fly can be found here.

ACCC - Class exemption will enable small business to collectively bargain

An ACCC class exemption due to commence in early 2021 will allow small businesses, franchisees and fuel retailers to collectively negotiate with their suppliers and processors, franchisor or fuel wholesaler respectively, without first having to seek ACCC approval.

IFAM Announcements

1. New and extended IFAM flights
The International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) is pleased to announce new and extended flight capacity on numerous routes with multiple airlines.

2. Any freight forwarder can access IFAM supported flights at any time
From today, any freight forwarder can access IFAM supported flights at any time - there is no longer a 72-hour window. Contact your preferred freight forwarder to access these flights.

See full details here.

3. IFAM supported flights
The following information outlines the outbound flights supported by IFAM at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Please read carefully the condition notes that refer to the prices mentioned.

For Export (Outbound) see here.
For Import (Inbound) see here.

Costa Berries - Tasmania: Pick adventure, help feed Australia

Harvest 2020 is right around the corner. Here in Tasmania, that means fresh berries will soon begin their journey from our farms to tables across Australia.

Take control of your future and start earning, whether you’re on school or university holidays, or just figuring out what you want to do next. A job with Costa will help you grow personally and professionally

Reefer Equipment & Challenges for Southern Hemisphere Horticultural Shippers

One of the world's leading refrigerated container leasing companies says the COVID-19 pandemic actually led to more demand for its services.

Container Pickup Charges Increase in China

Pickup charges for container users are becoming more expensive across Chinese ports due to increasing container imbalances, according to the latest Container xChange report.
European and the US importers currently struggle to return empty containers to Asia. As a result, these ports suffer from increasing dwell times and port congestion.
On the other hand, carriers in Chinese ports are setting new regulations to control the imbalances. The German container line Hapag-Lloyd, for example, will now only release empty containers from its mainland China depots for a maximum of eight days prior to the arrival of the sailing.

Creating Value in Digital-Farming Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic forced B2B buyers and sellers to go digital in a massive way. What started out as a crisis response has now become the next normal, with big implications for how buyers and sellers will do business in the future.
Recent McKinsey research on decision makers’ behaviour globally across industries since the crisis began reveals that the big digital shift is here to stay.

How does a Blockchain work?

A really good resource on blockchain is on YouTube. It’s around 6 minutes long. It simplifies the whole concept and explains how they ensure that transactions are validated across the chain.

"Each of us can do it on our own, or do it together"

MSC, one of the world's leading container shipping companies is encouraging customers who rely on logistics to transport food to become more collaborative in developing a more digitally advanced industry to cope with future demand.

Digital Innovation - Tradelens

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