GOOD morning 2017, what an excellent morning it is.

Do you get the feeling that Tasmania’s cup runneth over at the moment?

Summer in Tasmania is a great time with the buzz of enthusiastic visitors and Tasmanians filling our streets in brilliant sunshine and a temperature that our interstate cousins envy (we are not talking about the other six months of the year here).

It is a bit more difficult to mow lawns at the moment as the state tilts to the east with David Attenborough- worthy migration habits of resident Tasmanians heading to Coles Bay, Bicheno and Binalong Bay.

In freight terms, shippers should be buoyed by the fact that we have three of the largest shipping lines on the plane
t competing for Tasmanian exports and imports, one of the largest terminal operators in the world looking to invest in our ports, our national carrier announcing direct freighter flights to China and commitment from the Bass Strait carriers to increase capacity (one new vessel already on the run).

While there are still capacity challenges in some trade lanes (especially in the lead up to Chinese New Year) the servicing of domestic and international trade to and from the island has never looked more promising.

I would like to draw your attention to a forum being held at the Australian Maritime College on February 15.

Being opened by Tasmanian Minister for Infrastructure Rene Hidding, speakers from TasPorts, Melbourne Ports, ANL Container Line, Maersk, DP World, Commonwealth Bank, Freight and Trade Alliance (FTA) and others will paint a picture of freight trends and world trade environments with a Tasmanian focus – we have not had a forum like this for many years in Tasmania and the information that these key players will provide will be helpful for future planning for traders and logistics providers.

Tickets can be purchased at the FTA website under upcoming events. I hope to see you there.

By Brett Charlton, Agility Logistics