THE first money from a joint federal-state $37.5 million freight package should start to flow by the end of the year to ease the plight of financially disadvantaged Tasmanian exporters.
Federal Infrastructure Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be in Launceston today for an early morning announcement of a $40 million, two-year freight package.
With Mr Albanese will be Premier Lara Giddings, state Infrastructure Minister David O'Byrne and federal Labor candidates, including Bass Labor MHR Geoff Lyons.
The anticipated announcement nine days out from the September 7 federal election could help Mr Lyons, who was lagging 21.0 per cent behind Bass Liberal candidate Andrew Nikolic in first preference votes in the latest poll released last weekend.
Most of the money to be announced this morning will go towards a joint government-private enterprise plan with international exporters to improve freight services into Tasmania.
The first of this money will be available before Christmas.
It is not yet known whether Mr Albanese or Mr O'Byrne have already sought an international exporter.
The federal-state venture will split the funding package 50-50 with $20 million over two years from the federal government and $20 million for the same period from the state.
But the $37.5 million in total for the international freight plan is a long way short of the $100 million recommended by Tasmanian Freight Logistics Co-ordination Team chairman Phil Clark for immediate relief for exporters.
Mr Clark says in his interim report, yet to be released, that $25 million a year over four years should go to exporters to tide them over dramatically increased costs while the team works on longer term solutions.
Mr Albanese will say this morning that the package is an initial response to Mr Clark's interim recommendations.
The package will also fund advisory support to users on freight logistics and freight cost reductions, the trial of an online trading portal that collects and records volumes to help reduce unused freight capacity and initiatives to reduce transport of empty containers.
But only $2.5 million over two years will fund those projects.