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Future Freight Networks : Yearbook 2017
75 FUTURE FREIGHT NETWORKS 2017 to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – though there is continuing work being done to make the supply chain between members of the TPP operate more efficiently. He noted, however, that Australia’s trade policy agenda is broader than just the TPP. The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (which includes China and India) will remain important irrespective of the fate of the TPP, as will the bilateral trade agreements that Australia is pursuing with Indonesia, the European Union and the post-Brexit United Kingdom. Tariffs are not the only barrier to better trade outcomes, however, which is why the development of the National Freight and Supply Chain Strategy is critical. Panellist Paul Graham, Chief Supply Chain Officer, Woolworths Group, noted that the longest supply chain in Australia is the equivalent of a route from Dundee to Athens every day. Obtaining information about movement and quality though the supply chain will require significant investment on the part of suppliers and partners. Increasing urban density resulting from our growing population will pose a significant challenge to the efficiency of the supply chain, so this is something that the National Strategy must address. The President of the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF), Fiona Simson, observed that there was an eight per cent increase in Australia’s agricultural production in 2016 to $64 billion. Of this, around $50 billion was exported, which demonstrates the impact of the free trade agreements in terms of overall economic output. She noted that freight is a substantial cost for agricultural producers, and more work is needed to protect and develop strategic freight routes from paddock to port. Antiquated road and rail networks are a Paul Graham, David Jochinke and Fiona Simson The President of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, observed that there was an eight per cent increase in Australia’s agricultural production in 2016 to $64 billion. Of this, around $50 billion was exported, which demonstrates the impact of the free trade agreements in terms of overall economic output.