AFFECTED FLOWOutflow (subsidised)
ANNOUNCED AS TEMPORARYNo
On 13 March 2015, the Australian Ministry for Infrastructure and Regional Development announced the expansion of the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme starting 1 January 2016.
The scheme, introduced back in 1976, provides transport subsidies for freight transportation between Tasmania and mainland Australia, as it is meant to "provide Tasmanian industries with equal opportunities to compete in other markets, recognising that, unlike their mainland counterparts, Tasmanian shippers do not have the option of transporting goods interstate by road or rail".
The budget was increased by 40 percent to 203 million AUD (148 million USD). The foreseen expenditures include a 700 AUD subsidy per container of goods travelling no longer just to Australia but also abroad.
The list of affected trading partners and tariff lines is based on Tasmania's exports in 2015-16 (cf. Sources). These are the identified categories:
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