Freight Scheme delivering jobs and growth.

The Turnbull Liberal Team


9th of May 2016

The Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme is ensuring Tasmanian businesses continue to grow.

A visit to north west vegetable producer Harvest Moon by members of the Tasmanian Federal Liberal Team demonstrated how the expanded TFES is helping Tasmanian businesses be more competitive in export markets.

Senator for Tasmania Richard Colbeck said the Liberal Party went to the last election with a plan to boost the competitiveness of Tasmania's economy and a level the playing field for the thousands of exporters sending their high quality, safe product to the world.

"We have delivered on that promise," he said.

"The Liberal Government's $203 million expansion to the TFES boosts the competitiveness of Tasmanian businesses and provides a substantial incentive for local businesses to sell their products to broader markets.

"Today we heard how Harvest Moon is able to claim a rebate on freight costs across Bass Strait, helping the business embrace the opportunities of Australia's new trade deals."

Federal Member for Lyons, Eric Hutchinson said "Exports are doing very well as a result of the TFES extension. Harvest Moon's a great example, nearly doubling exports since the scheme started just four months ago."

Federal Member for Braddon, Brett Whiteley said "Harvest Moon exemplifies the benefits to local businesses of a government that delivers vital economic enabling support. The Turnbull Government's $203 million boost for freight and the three new free trade agreements we delivered has resulted in new jobs and economic growth."

Only a Liberal Government has the economic credibility to work in the best interests of our state.

For the first time since 2010, Tasmania's produce exports have increased and since this time last year, exports of quality and safe produce from Tasmania have risen by more than 4 per cent to $2.73 billion. Exports to China alone have risen by 46 per cent - from $546 million to $798 million.

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