Building pathways for Australian exports

​4 March 2014

Greater efficiency in the infrastructure networks that support Australian food exports could reduce major congestion in our cities and cost imposts on exporters, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) Outlook Conference heard today.

Speaking at ABARES 44th Outlook Conference in Canberra, ABARES Analyst, Lindsay Hogan told delegates all supply chain participants can benefit from increased airfreight food exports.

“In 2011-12, only 5 per cent of Australia's $30.5 billion worth of food exports was exported by air.

“Air transport expands supply chain options for farmers and food producers, particularly for high value food products that are time sensitive. This is most important for fisheries products, unprocessed fruit and vegetables and livestock-based food.

“Meat and meat products are key growth areas. The value of airfreight exports of meat and meat products increased by 6.2 per cent a year, on average, between 2005-06 and 2011-12,” Ms Hogan said.

Russell Smith from the Port of Brisbane added “Australia's east coast export supply chain is not operating efficiently. The lack of adequate rail options is hurting our competitiveness on a global stage - something that will quickly worsen with time.

“Developments like the Australian Government's proposed inland rail project, the first stage of which needs to include a new dedicated freight rail system between the port of Brisbane and Toowoomba, will be key.

“We have a highly efficient, high capacity port in Brisbane, which can be better exploited, if it is supported landside by an efficient road, rail and coastal shipping chain,” Mr Smith said.

“Importantly, increasing the efficiency of our export supply chains provides farmers and food processors with the economic incentives they need to invest in food production,” Ms Hogan said.
Last reviewed: 4 November 2019
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