Many Queensland exporters are still optimistic despite the challenges of COVID-19, according to recent intelligence gathered by TIQ as part of regular contact with clients.

Around 300 exporters across Queensland were contacted by the TIQ team in April, giving businesses an opportunity to share their pain points and stories of resilience.

Exporters reported:

  • challenges linked to domestic lockdown requirements, travel restrictions, reduced demand for fresh produce, freight and logistics issues and loss of supply chains
  • impacts from market closures due to COVID-19, although some markets (such as China) were starting to re-open
  • increased costs and reduced sales, affecting their short-term ability to sustain their workforce.

On the other hand, they also reported:

  • strong demand for products related to managing COVID-19 and for products into certain markets not disrupted by the pandemic
  • where possible, a shift to staff working from home, continuing to drive business activity
  • in many cases, a shift to online platforms for sales, demonstrations, course development for e-learning, and marketing and promotion.

The resilience displayed by exporters was impressive, with most expressing optimism about their medium- to long-term prospects when normal trade can resume.

TIQ is working hard to support businesses throughout this period and to help them emerge strongly from the pandemic.

New and ongoing export opportunities are being highlighted through a range of initiatives, including our China-focused webinars, which present expert insights on topics ranging from ecommerce to intellectual property. Executive roundtables with industry leaders are also being convened to gather input on strategies for post-COVID-19 recovery.

In addition, details of state and federal support programs are listed on the TIQ website, including how to access the federal government’s $110 million International Freight Assistance Mechanism.

Many thanks to all the businesses who shared their views with our team. Please do contact your local TIQ adviser or submit an enquiry through our website if you would like to share further insights or request additional support.