Queensland has recorded another record month of exports, just days out from the annual Export Awards.
Merchandise exports reached $87.4 billion in the 12 months to August 2019 – the highest year on year total ever recorded in Queensland.
The state’s merchandise exports were again higher than New South Wales and Victoria’s combined for the same period.
It means exports have grown by 98 per cent since the Palaszczuk Government came to office – an increase of $43.3 billion.
Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said it was also an increase of 13.8 per cent over the 12 months since last August.
“Month after month these figures are a testament to the hard work and global vision of Queensland’s export businesses, backed by our trade offices and our international trade meetings,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“The state’s resource firms, rural producers and manufacturers make a vital contribution to growing our economy, creating jobs and supporting local communities.
“It’s timely that we will acknowledge them next week at the annual Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.”
Forty-four of the state’s leading exporters have been named finalists this year, including businesses from the Gold Coast to Far North Queensland, showcasing the diversity of Queensland’s export sectors across 16 different categories.
“Queensland has around 7,300 goods exporting companies of which 40 per cent are based in regional Queensland,” the Premier said.
“Trade equals jobs. Around one in five Queensland jobs is supported by export income.
“I look forward to celebrating their achievements at the awards gala next Thursday.”
Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk