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Etihad Cargo to deliver critical airfreight services to Australia to fly food supplies

ETIHAD Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, is partnering with the Australian government to provide critical international airfreight assistance to Australia

28 April 2020 - 19:00

ETIHAD Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, is partnering with the Australian government to provide critical international airfreight assistance to Australia.

Under the agreement with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), Etihad Cargo will provide dedicated cargo services between Abu Dhabi and Australia, leveraging bellyhold capacity of its fleet of Etihad Airways passenger aircraft to deliver essential supplies into the Australian market, as well as fly Australian meat, fish and seafood, fruits and vegetables to the UAE.



The initiative has been established by the Australian Government to speed up delivery of agricultural and fisheries exports into key overseas markets, with 560 Australian businesses already registering their interest in utilising the International Freight Assistance Mechanism, reported AJOT.



Etihad Aviation Group managing director cargo and logistics Abdulla Mohamed Shadid said: 'In this time of crisis, the facilitation of international trade and delivery of essential supplies is more important than ever.



'Australia has been a long-time and vital trading partner for the UAE and we are pleased to be able to continue to provide this lifeline connecting our countries and enabling the movement of goods that is helping to save people's lives, supporting Australia's produce exporters and continuing to support the UAE's food security programme.'



Federal Trade Minister Simon Birmingham said this new network would be crucial to coordinating international freight out of Australia until commercial passenger flights were restored.



'Around 90 per cent of our air freight, usually goes out in the bellies of passenger aircraft. With very few international passenger flights leaving Australia at present, our exporters are facing major hurdles,' Minister Birmingham said.



'Through the better coordination of freight out of Australia, we can restore key freight routes and establish more frequent flights to our key markets so our agricultural and fisheries exporters can deliver their products to customers on time.



'With a network of some of the world's largest airlines and most reputable freight forwarders in place, we're injecting more reliability into the system that will also help our smaller exporters to aggregate their freight into volumes so they don't miss out on export opportunities.'


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