The Queensland Government has launched a $1 million export grants program to help Queensland businesses achieve their export ambitions.

The Go Global Export Program, administered by TIQ, will help export-ready small to medium enterprises (SMEs) launch their products into new international markets.

Successful applicants will receive grants of $2,500–$25,000 to help overcome barriers to exporting when working with a new buyer or in a new market, such as accreditation, logistics, product trials and packaging.

Queensland Premier and Minister for Trade Annastacia Palaszczuk said assisting Queensland businesses was always a priority.

‘Exports are vital to Queensland’s economy, vital to regional businesses and vital to regional jobs,’ the Premier said.

‘My government is always looking at ways to help the state’s regional small to medium-sized businesses to go global, which is what this program will do.’

Queensland has around 7,300 goods-exporting companies, of which 40 per cent are based in regional Queensland and one in five Queenslanders rely on exports for their livelihood.

Summer Land Camels CEO Jeff Flood knows firsthand the value of participating in TIQ export-focused initiatives like Go Global.

He said the company is already getting orders from all over the world whilst targeting new markets in Europe, Asia and the Middle East after TIQ helped boost their international exposure.

‘A program like Go Global would give us exactly the sort of practical assistance we need to get a start in some of those new markets,’ Mr Flood said.

‘Finding distribution partners and getting our products onto store shelves is always a challenge and funding new activities before we have new cashflow is tricky.’

Applications for the first round of grants close on Friday 28 February.

The second and third rounds close on Friday 17 April and Friday 29 May respectively.

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