Huge change coming to Australia Post as they stop delivering perishable foods in a move that will ‘cripple’ businesses
- Australia Post will no longer be delivering perishable food items from June 30
- Postal service has contacted affected producers to inform them of the change
- Producers making native bush ingredients, truffle, butter and cheese affected
- Australia Post has blamed ‘complex requirements’ in different states for change
Australia Post will no longer deliver perishable food items from June 30 – a move industry experts say will ‘ruin’ businesses across the country.
The national postal service has contacted affected producers to inform them of the change – including those selling native bush ingredients, truffles, butter and cheese.
Australia Post has blamed the ‘complex requirements’ in the country’s different states and territories for the decision.
Australia Post will no longer deliver perishable food items from June 30 in a controversial decision that has angered businesses
Sydney boutique butter producer Pepe Saya said the move would devastate farmers and producers who rely on Australia Post delivery for their income.
‘We lost a lot of our normal business during the outbreak of the pandemic and had to go big time into home delivery,’ he told NCA NewsWire.
‘This is going to ruin people.’
An Australia Post spokesman said the company was working on finding a solution for impacted customers in the future.
An Australia Post office in Queenscliff, Victoria. The company has blamed the ‘complex requirements’ in the country’s different states and territories for the decision
‘This includes meeting with food safety regulators and health authorities to discuss the regulations imposed on Australia Post,’ the spokesman said.
‘The carriage of perishable food requirements differ by state and include complex requirements on vehicle type, site and vehicle registration, licence maintenance, staff training and audit requirements.’
Among the impacted businesses will be companies like Cheese Therapy, which sells therapy boxes featuring produce from bushfire and Covid-19 pandemic-hit cheese companies.
More to come