SMEs in Cairns, Townsville and Rockhampton are being invited to learn all about export opportunities flowing from Australia’s trade deal with Japan.

CCIQ and Austrade will present free seminars in Queensland from 8–24 May, giving local SMEs a run-down on Australia’s trade arrangements with Japan and the advantages they give businesses who are exporting, or thinking about exporting, to the lucrative Japanese market.

Japan is currently Queensland’s second-largest export market, behind only China.

Launched in 2015, the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) provides improved trade arrangements for a range of industries.

Industries benefiting from the deal include beef, dairy, seafood and wine, services such as education, finance, legal and telecommunications, and resources such as energy and manufacturing.

The free seminars will provide specific training on how to access JAEPA, along with an overview of various sector opportunities in the Japanese market.

Speakers will include finance and business experts with particular experience and expertise in the Japanese market.

Take-home materials will be provided.

‘Take advantage of Australia’s trade deal with Japan’ will run in Cairns on 8 May, Townsville on 9 May, and Rockhampton on 24 May.

Boosting exports is a priority of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.