Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has partnered with aviation and air freight consultants AVISTRA.
The FTA says the strategic partnership comes at a much-needed time as Australia emerges from the pandemic with international borders anticipated to open in the year ahead.
Working closely with the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) and new partners AVISTRA, FTA willl continue to focus on aviation security, border and biosecurity reforms.
The partnership looks to improve airport developments and integration strategies for freight forwarders, express service providers and airlines.
Paul Zalai, Director at FTA, says international shipping is facing huge challenges, further necessitating the need for commercially viable and sustainable air cargo solutions.
“We face significant challenges with limited airfreight capacity for some time and the need to maintain the export of fresh produce and a surging demand on e-commerce consumable goods,” Paul says.
The industry association commends the federal government for extending the duration of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism, but says the requirement for ongoing industry and government collaboration is crucial for the evolution of a new operational environment.
“We will continue our focus on aviation security, border and biosecurity reforms, with an expanded focus on airport developments and integration strategies for freight forwarders, express service providers and airlines,” Paul says. “This level of focussed engagement is essential to achieving successful outcomes for the sector.”
Sara Hales, Director AVISTRA, says aviation strategy and business case development have changed in the covid era.
“Strategies today must now be diverse, it must consider both air freight and passenger related aviation development,” she says.
Sara adds AVISTRA is looking forward to supporting members and key stakeholders on opportunities and threats in a rapidly evolving international trade and logistics landscape.