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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Queensland exports – record $17B start to 2017

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    Queensland exports – record $17B start to 2017

    Queensland is on track to post another record trade result with a massive boost in export sales for the January 2017 quarter, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

    Speaking ahead of a trade mission to Singapore, India and a meeting of trade ministers from across the Commonwealth in London this week, the Premier said Queensland’s strong export growth was supporting more jobs at home.

    “Queensland posted a record $52 billion in exports last year. The result for the January 2017 quarter (November and December last year and January this year) is so strong, that we are on track for breaking that record,” Ms Palaszczuk said.

    The value of Queensland goods exported in January this was $5.3 billion higher – an increase of 45% - compared to January 2016.

    Key gains were in the value of coking coal, LNG, crops including chickpeas.

    The Premier said her trade mission would seek to make deeper in-roads into key markets India (4th largest export market) and Singapore (8th).

    In Singapore, the Premier will officially open a dedicated Trade and Investment Queensland office and meet with key companies.

    In India, the Premier will be accompanied by eight Mayors to meet with the leadership of Adani to discuss its $21 billion Carmichael Coal mine-rail-port project as well as its ambitions for renewable energy.

    “India and Singapore are also members of the Commonwealth and the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games will be an opportunity for our athletes and the rest of Queensland to shine,” she said.

    To coincide with the launch of the Queen’s Baton Relay for the GC2018 Commonwealth Games, the Premier will also attend a meeting of trade ministers representing the member countries of the Commonwealth.

    Fifty-two countries are members of the Commonwealth and are home for 2.4 billion people.

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