Moon Lake Investments remains "committed" to exporting Tasmanian milk direct to China from Hobart

Moon Lake Investments has reiterated its commitment to exporting milk direct from Hobart to China, despite some extensive delays.

Milk continues to be freighted through Melbourne, but Moon Lake managing director Sean Shwe said the company “remained committed” to its previously-announced plan to export directly.

“Our intent was to get the direct flights up and running in the first half of 2017,” he said.

“Unfortunately due to some supply chain and regulatory issues in China that has not yet been achieved but it remains our intention.”

Mr Shwe said the company had established a VAN Dairy marketing team in Ningbo, promoting the Tasmanian VAN Milk brand through Ningbo, Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou.

The plan to export fresh Tasmanian milk direct from Hobart to Ningbo was first announced in October 2016, with plans to establish the partnership between Van Diemans Land Dairy under the brand VAN Dairy, a sister company to Moon Lake.

Mr Shwe said over the past three months VAN Dairy has shipped about 80,000 litres of milk to China, and 5,000 litres per week.