Far North builds on exports and jobs

Exports are the talk of the Far North with Queensland’s 12 offshore Trade and Investment Commissioners in Cairns today.

Member for Cairns Michael Healy said the commissioners would be sharing their international experience with local industry leaders to help open the door to new export opportunities.

“Exports mean local jobs and investment with the pay packets of a record one in four Queenslanders now supported by international trade,” Mr Healy said.

“Over the next two days, Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioners will be meeting with FNQ producers, service providers and designers about new opportunities to tap into overseas markets.”

Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioners are visiting 10 regional Queensland cities this week following last Thursday’s Export Awards Gala and a record-breaking year for international trade.

There are around 7,300 merchandise exporting companies in the state with 40 percent based in regional Queensland and delivering jobs for regional families.

Merchandise exports soared to $87.4 billion in the 12 months to August which is higher than New South Wales and Victoria combined.

“For Cairns and the Far North there’s a lot of interest from Europe in our creative industries, aquaculture from our ASEAN neighbours, Indigenous fashion and our tourism services expertise in the Middle East, and from Hong Kong, access to diary and live fish exports,” Mr Healy said.

“Trade and Investment Queensland has been working closely with Hinterland Avocados on the Tablelands to export a trial shipment to Singapore with commercial orders in place for next year’s harvest.

“Discussions are already underway to boost supply routes with direct Singapore flights.

“Few do tourism better than Cairns and that’s why there’s interest from a Middle East resort - currently under construction - in the Quicksilver Group and the visitor experiences they offer.

“And, there’s potential for Indigenous fashion designers in the Far North to access opportunities at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

“Not to mention Hong Kong’s increasing appetite for our fresh coral trout and the Far North’s reputation as a supplier of clean organic milk.

“The world is our oyster when it comes to international trade and that’s why the Palaszczuk Government is firmly focussed on new export opportunities.”

Mr Healy said exports had grown by 98 percent since the Palaszczuk Government came to office in 2015.

“Having the Trade and Investment Commissioners in town gives Cairns the chance to learn more about international demand and establishing new markets for what the Far North does best,” Mr Healy said.

“Trade helps Queensland to build and sustain the frontline services our region expects and deserves.”


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