Take­off closer for milk route

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

THE long-awaited green light for Tas­ma­nia’s first di­rect in­ter­na­tional freight link with China could be just weeks away, Qan­tas has con­firmed.

The ded­i­cated weekly Boe­ing 767 freighter fly­ing from Ho­bart to Ningbo was first an­nounced in 2016.

Qan­tas, which was meant to carry fresh VAN-brand milk, pro­duced at VDL Farms at Wool­north weekly, is still seek­ing reg­u­la­tory ap­provals from Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties.

A Qan­tas spokes­woman said the air­line hoped the deal could be con­firmed soon.

VDL Farms owner Moon Lake In­vest­ments said it was still the com­pany’s in­ten­tion to fly VAN Milk di­rect from Tas­ma­nia to China.

The com­pany said it would be­gin ex­ports of VAN Dairy­branded or­ganic UHT milk and yo­ghurt the end of the sec­ond quar­ter of this year. It has agree­ments with two com­pa­nies to man­u­fac­ture or­ganic UHT Milk and a range of yo­ghurt for the Chi­nese mar­ket.

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