From December to February, Tasmania’s fresh produce will be flown from Hobart to Hong Kong, via Melbourne, thanks to a seasonal freight service by Cathay Pacific. According to Minister for Primary Industries and Water Guy Barnett, over 40 tonnes of valuable local produce would be transported per flight.
“This could include Tasmanian seafood, including live lobster, salmon, live eels and abalone,” Minister Barnett said. “Fresh produce, including cherries, strawberries and raspberries are also available to be freighted over on these flights, as well as chilled dairy and meat. It’s fantastic news and another vote of confidence in our world-class premium produce that is highly sought after right across the world.”
Minister for Trade Jeremy Rockliff said the establishment of the service will be a significant boost for Tasmanian exporters.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael Ferguson said Cathay Pacific entering into the service provides the opportunity to test the market capacity for potential future international freighter services from Hobart to Asia.