Trade delegation heads to China


<b>Exclusive:</b> Supply chain industry and government heavyweights, mainly from North Queensland fly to China on a trade mission in July

Trade delegation heads to China
Trade delegation heads to China

By Anna Game-Lopata | March 3, 2011

An
International Trade Delegation to China, organised by the Chartered Institute of Transport and Logistics, North Queensland (CILTA NQ) aims to grow trade with China and build partnerships.

Delegates include industry heavyweights such as Queensland Rail, Northern Stevedoring Services (NSS), Townsville Bulk Storage & Handling and JJJ Transport.

Queensland Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace, Xstrata Copper and Port of Townsville executives, among others, are expected to confirm shortly.

A delegate meeting held yesterday officially confirmed the dates of the mission, which had to be deferred due to the recent floods and cyclone, from April to 22 July.

CILTA NQ Chairman Tracy Lines, who came up with the concept, says China is the single largest destination of mining exports from Port of Townsville and one of the fastest growing economies in the world.

"The delegation presents a key opportunity to capitalise on this rapidly growing market and increase the productivity of our region," Lines says.

Lines, who is also the Port of Townsville’s Business Development Officer, says each member of the delegation has a different goal for the trip, such as building networks, transferring skills and hauling in investment prospects.

"However we’ll gain a collective understanding of China’s economy and opportunities in the areas of trade, infrastructure development and supply chain management, especially in relation to resources in North Queensland," she says.

"Transport and Logistics go hand in hand with mining in our region, and my role is to facilitate trade and capitalise on growing trade ties," she says.

"I think the mission will be of benefit to the whole region."

Over a ten day period, the mission will take in visits to Shanghai Port, the Yantai-based builders of the world’s largest gantry crane and Mag Lev Train, the world’s fastest train.

Other stops include the Tianjin Free Trade Zone and Economic Technological Development Area, Shanghai’s General Metal Structure Engineering company, and Lupu Bridge, the world’s longest steel arch bridge.

Networking and business opportunities will arise at formal dinners and gift presentations to Chinese government representatives in Shanghai, Changshu and Beijing.

Fees for the trip include all travel, accommodation and visits along with automatic CILTA membership.

"The itinerary won’t be set in stone, there will be opportunities for delegates to conduct their own business, as many of them already have considerable networks in China," Lines says.

"Openings on the list of delegates still exist, so if you are interested contact me as soon as possible."

Tracey Lines (07) 4781 1613 or 0439 075 574.

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