Southbound goods under the TFES

The Southbound component of the scheme applies to persons or businesses engaged in manufacturing and mining, or in primary production. The eligibility criteria differ for the 2 sub categories.

Manufacturing and mining

Eligible businesses

This southbound category applies to persons or businesses engaged in manufacturing or mining businesses shipping eligible raw materials, machinery and equipment from the Australian mainland to Tasmania. Suppliers and freight forwarders are not eligible to claim.

To be an eligible business you must first register with the Scheme and have a valid Manufacturing and Miners Business Australian Business Register code.

Eligible goods

To be eligible for assistance the goods must:

  • be a raw material or equipment for use in a production and manufacturing process
  • be produced or manufactured on the mainland or, if imported, have undergone a manufacturing process on the mainland
  • incur a sea freight cost disadvantage
  • be transported across Bass Strait by sea as non-bulk cargo that is, items not shipped loose in the hold of a ship without any unitisation or packaging

Ineligible goods

The following goods are not eligible under the Scheme:

  • goods of Tasmanian origin
  • fuels and lubricants
  • building and construction materials and equipment
  • motor vehicles to be registered for use on public roads

Primary Production

Eligible Businesses

This southbound category applies to people or businesses engaged in agriculture, forestry and fishing in Tasmania.

Claimants must be the end users of the goods shipped. Freight forwarders are not eligible businesses and cannot claim under the Scheme. Suppliers who are approved Scheme agents may claim assistance on behalf of their customers.

Freight forwarders are not eligible businesses.

Eligible goods

Freight assistance will be paid on raw materials, machinery and equipment for use in primary production processes in Tasmania, provided that these goods:

  • have been purchased for the claimant's own use
  • were manufactured on the Australian mainland or, if imported to the mainland from outside Australia, have undergone a manufacturing process on the mainland
  • incur a sea freight cost disadvantage
  • are transported across Bass Strait by sea as non bulk cargo. That is items not shipped loose in the hold of a ship without any unitisation or packaging
  • are not included on the list of ineligible goods below
  • containerised wheat shipments to Tasmania from Australian mainland

Ineligible goods

The following goods are not eligible under the Scheme:

  • goods of Tasmanian origin
  • imported goods unless they have undergone a manufacturing process on the mainland
  • fuels and lubricants
  • building and construction materials
  • motor vehicles to be registered for use on public roads

Page last updated: 6 July 2016

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