Exports tipped to take off with China flights
A far north Queensland economic development group says direct flights to China will help boost exports from the region. China Eastern Airlines has announced a new route between Shanghai and Cairns will begin later this year.
Stewart Christie from Advance Cairns says the move will provide great business opportunities for local farmers.
“That will then help us to grow the commodity exports from this region into China,” Mr Christie said.
“So the export of seafood, fruit and vegies – there’s a whole heap of other products that we think that can be exported from this region back to China.
“We have a very strong agricultural sector, particularly around some of the niche, high value things around coffee and some of the tropical fruits.”
Mr Christie says quarantine issues will need to be addressed.
“But once the market opens up the entrepreneurial spirit of the region then tends to shine through and take the opportunities on the back of that,” he said.