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FTA partners with Protective Health to provide RATS

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In response to huge demand from industry, Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) has partnered with Protective Health, a leading provider of medical supplies, as a part of a consortia to provide Rapid Antigen Tests (RATs) to the Australian market.

Paul Zalai, FTA Director says that urgent action was needed in response to the recent state and federal government re-assessment on testing regimes.

Member feedback positioned the industry body to negotiate a rate of $6.99 per test (boxes of 5 equating to $34.95 excl GST). In order to streamline handling and distribution processes, the offer is only available for businesses purchasing a minimum of 1 carton holding 240 boxes (1200 tests).

“Our members can readily collect the tests from HubX with no additional delivery charge or alternatively, distribution will be offered within the Sydney metropolitan and interstate at competitive commercial rates,” Paul says.

“Once PCR testing was no longer a sustainable option we had to find a commercially viable solution for our members to maximise the safety of staff and allow continuity of sustainable business operations,” he says.

“After engaging leading business consultants BDO Australia in search of a large volume, reputable provider of RAT kits, we identified Protective Health as an ideal partner with a proven track record as a leading large-scale supplier of quality medical supplies since the first peak of COVID-19.”

The next step to the success of the consortia was the appointment of HubX as the warehouse and logistics provider for the projected large scale import volumes. Importantly, the facility is strategically located in the heart of Sydney’s cargo hub Port Botany and within close proximity of Sydney International Airport.

Stephen Chard, Director of Protective Health stated the TGA approved the Clungene Covid- 19 Antigen Rapid Test on 7 January for use by companies and individuals for self- testing purposes.

“Our products undergo independent quality testing to the highest standards by various global authorities to ensure they are compliant in all of the regions we serve,” Stephen says.

“Whilst we are proud the TGA has rated the test as being of very high sensitivity and specificity, this would count for little if we could not get our supplies to market. To that end we look forward to partnering with our sponsors, manufacturer, FTA, BDO and HubX to support the critical needs of the supply chain sector and the Australian community.”

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