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Rural and agriculture trucking companies represented

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It is said that over two-thirds of Australia’s agriculture is exported, comprising  20% of Australia’s export earnings. With such a vital part to play in Australia’s economy, farmers rely on rural trucking businesses as essential partners in taking their produce to the market – and to its consumers.

This is where the Australian Livestock and Rural Transporters’ Association (ALRTA) come in. The association is a national network that represents hard-working road transport companies that are based in the small communities of regional and rural Australia.

In addition, the unique demands and responsibilities of livestock transportation provide ALRTA with a special focus. To meet the requirements of caring for live cargoes, livestock carters have won unique loading entitlements, fatigue rules and registration arrangements in many parts of Australia.

ALRTA owns and operates truckCare which is the only industry-based, independently-audited quality assurance program. The quality assurance scheme meets the requirements of the new Animal Welfare legislation that will apply to farmers, transporters and processors from 2011.

truckCare addresses traceability and biosecurity requirements that apply to agriculture in Australia. As a result, it provides the wider community and trucking operators confidence that the livestock haulage is being carried out professionally.

ALRTA is made up of state-level associations from every part of Australia. The association works with:

  • governments at all levels
  • industry groups
  • community organisations
  • regulators and the media

This ensures that rural trucking is protected and promoted as a sustainable, responsible and safe contributor to rural and regional Australia and our primary industries.

The ALRTA is a member of the Australian Logistics Council (ALC), the Australian Trucking Association (ATA) and the Council of Small Business Australia (COSBOA).

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