The export of perishable produce from Northern Australia

  • Jennifer Young

    Student thesis: Coursework Masters - CDU

    Abstract

    This research analyses the problems associated with the export of perishable produce from Northern Australia. It focuses on whether proximity to Asian and Pacific markets can be used to the advantage of North Australian producers and exporters of perishable produce. The research has been carried out in an economic climate where Government and industry herald the importance of regional Australia diversifying its economy and developing export industries.

    To assess the influence of market proximity, the research investigates the role that selected major North Australian air and sea ports play in facilitating perishable export trade from North Australian regions. It examines other impediments, such as historical, organisational, political and external, which may enhance or impede the influence that proximity to export markets may have on product delivery from North Australia. The research draws on material from previous related reports, recent statistical data and a series of unstructured interviews carried out with key players in the export chain across North Australia.

    The research concludes that proximity to Asian and Pacific markets does not necessarily place North Australian producers and exporters of perishable produce at a cost or time advantage over their southern counterparts. The research then offers several options or recommendations, both short and long term to assist with overcoming transport infrastructure and other barriers to export success across Northern Australia.

    Short term options for enhancing the impact of market proximity include improving industry networking, planning for increased capacity growth, increasing critical masses of volume of North Australian produce, improving the "export culture" amongst producer groups and improving the marketability of North Australian produce. Long term options include organisational and cross-regional approaches to addressing infrastructural deficiencies. This is a useful study, not only for examining impediments facing the perishable export industry, but the findings can be used as a yardstick for assessing the problems facing other export industries from Northern Australia.
    Date of AwardMay 1996
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorSajid Anwar (Supervisor)

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