FREIGHT & Trade Alliance is partnering with aviation and air freight consultancy Avistra to facilitate what it says is necessary supply-chain reform.

FTA said the partnership comes as Australia emerges from the pandemic with international borders anticipated to open in the year ahead.

FTA director Paul Zalai said international shipping is in disarray, 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,” he said.

Mr Zalai commended the federal government for extending the duration of the International Freight Assistance Mechanism. But he said the requirement for ongoing industry and government collaboration as a critical component of the evolution to 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,” Mr Zalai said.

“This level of focused engagement is essential to achieving successful outcomes for the sector.”

In working towards this outcome, FTA has expanded its partner program forming a strategic relationship with Avistra.

Avistra director Sara Hales said in the brave new COVID-19 world, aviation strategy and business-case development have changed.

“Strategies today must now be diverse, they must consider both air freight and passenger-related aviation development.,” she said.

“We are proud to partner with FTA in guiding new business development with an informed understanding of the market. We look forward to supporting members and key stakeholders on opportunities and threats in a rapidly evolving international trade and logistics landscape.”