MINISTER for trade Dan Tehan is in Japan promoting Australian trade and investment, including through meetings with the Japanese minister of economy, trade and industry Kajiyama Hiroshi.

Mr Tehan said Japanese demand for Australia’s high-quality products had never been greater.

He said the government is supporting Australian export jobs and businesses through various initiatives including the $72.7-million Agri-Business Expansion Initiative and the International Freight Assistance Mechanism.

“Japan is Australia’s second-largest export market, worth $53.76 billion in 2019-20,” Mr Tehan said.

“We share a long-standing, positive mutually beneficial relationship, with Australia’s agricultural products highly regarded by Japanese consumers as clean, green, safe, secure and most importantly, reliable.”

Mr Tehan said the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement gives Australian exporters improved market access in goods and services and improves investment protections.

An example of Austrade supporting local jobs and businesses access the Japan market include the Made Group’s Impressed Juice range of cold-pressed juices, which are now available across Japan after the company secured a significant deal to distribute its products in supermarkets and convenience stores.

Made Group CEO and co-founder Luke Marget said, “At this point in time, it’s hard to see how any exporter could make a successful market entry without Austrade’s assistance and advice. I’d encourage anyone exporting to any market to make use of Austrade’s services and support.”