The first public report into Tasmania's freight challenges has highlighted the high costs faced by exporters in crossing Bass Strait.

In a public discussion paper released on Tuesday, the government-funded Freight Logistics Coordination Team says Tasmania's freight system is not meeting the needs of international exporters or small to medium producers.

It wants $100 million over four years from the Federal Government in export assistance grants to provide immediate relief.

The paper observes the Victorian Government's port levy is a significant impost, and calls for Tasmania's use of the Port of Melbourne to be formally recognised.

It says Tasmania represents almost 30 per cent of the port's demand.

The team's chairman, Philip Clark, says the cost of crossing Bass Strait and the lack of an international shipper are major issues.

"The problem there is that Tasmania's volumes are right on the margin," he said.

"And it's only just worthwhile for an international shipping company to be coming to Tasmania and we're going to have to work through that."

The Economic Development Minister, David O'Byrne, has used the discussion paper to put pressure on the Federal Government to deliver the $40 million Tasmanian Freight Package.

The package was announced by the Tasmanian and former Federal Labor governments before the September poll.

Mr O'Byrne says the package was costed in the federal budget and the Coalition Government should provide the funds to prevent job losses.

The team's final report is due in November.

 

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