The seafood sector is being thrown a lifeline amid the coronavirus pandemic, in a bid to supercharge exports.
The government will fund 200 flights carrying 40 tonnes of Australian produce to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and the United Arab Emirates, as stock goes to waste and staff are laid off.
It’s part of a new $170 million exporter support package.
The planes from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, and Perth are expected to be loaded with more than $500 million worth of lobster alone, and more than $800 million worth of seafood.
The flights will be able to return with medical supplies and equipment ordered by Australian authorities
Travel restrictions across the globe have so far been limited to people, not trade.