TASMANIAN Premier Will Hodgman is to address at the 2019 Tasmanian Freight and Logistics Forum.

The forum is to be held at the Australian Maritime College Launceston campus and is being organised by Freight & Trade Alliance, the Australian Peak Shippers Association and the Tasmanian Logistics Committee.

Other speakers include Port of Melbourne chief executive Brendan Bourke, Tasports acting chief executive Anthony Donald and ACCC director ports policy David Cranston.

APSA secretariat Travis Brooks-Garrett said the event was being held in the context of a record year of trade growth for Tasmania, with exports growing 33% to reach $3.7bn and strong growth in sea and air imports.

He said the Tasmanian Freight & Logistics Forum had become the premier event of its kind in the state.

“Tasmania has unique challenges and opportunities as a freight market and as a major exporter of goods,” Mr Brooks-Garrett said.

“Tasmania’s economy is wholly dependent on sea freight services and there has been substantial changes to those services in recent times.

“At the same time, Tasmanian products have never been more in demand globally. It’s a unique dynamic. We look forward to discussing this and other developments at the forum.”

TLC chairman Brett Charlton said with significant investment from the Tasmanian coastal shipping fraternity, Tasmania was poised for growth in the years to come.

“Investment in port and road infrastructure as well as irrigation for agriculture all underpinned by renewable energy are all positive staples for trade,” he said.

“That said, Tasmania is not immune to national and global trends and events and it is imperative that we have a developed foresight as to what may challenge success in the future.”

The event is to be held on Wednesday 26 June, 2019. Contact FTA or TLC for more information.