Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt will host a seminar explaining how local businesses can benefit from Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China in Toowoomba on Tuesday, 24 January.

Small-to medium-sized businesses in the Darling Downs region are invited to attend the free event, to be held at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, Gate 4, 1511 Toowoomba-Cecil Plains Road, Wellcamp.

Registrations begin at 5pm, with the event closing at 8pm.

Mr Pitt said a thorough understanding of how to access FTAs was essential for all businesses currently exporting or looking to export into the major economies of North Asia.

“Queensland has a strong trade-based economy, exporting $4.7 billion of fresh, chilled and frozen beef, for example, in 2015–16 – $2.5bn of it going to North Asia,” Mr Pitt said.

“The state’s beef industry is benefiting from reduced tariffs as a result of our FTAs, as are a whole range of other sectors thanks to the significant market-access provisions we have negotiated.”

Dr John McVeigh, Federal Member for Groom, will also join the seminar and he encouraged local businesses to do the same.

“Our FTAs are providing Darling Downs exporters with significantly improved access to some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing consumer markets,” Dr McVeigh said.

“Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport sends freight direct to Hong Kong on a weekly basis with Cathay Pacific, which means Darling Downs exporters have the capacity to get products directly to consumers in Asia.”

Speakers at the seminar will include Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and representatives from Austrade, AusIndustry and Food Leaders Australia.

The seminar is relevant to all industries.

Attendees can register for the seminar and find out more about the additional training opportunities at or by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78 or

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