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
Australia Post said it will end perishable food deliveries on its StarTrack services, which includes Road Express, Premium, Next Flight and Courier.
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.
‘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.’
Companies like Cheese Therapy (one of their cheese boxes pictured), which sells therapy boxes featuring produce from bushfire and Covid-19 pandemic-hit cheese companies, will be among the worst-hit
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
The move will particularly impact food producers in rural areas who cannot access alternative affordable delivery services.
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.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Australia Post for further comment.