FEDERAL LNP Member for Maranoa Bruce Scott was pleased to see red and juicy cuts of beef from the region sitting pride of place in Japan and South Korean supermarkets last week.
Member for Maranoa Hon. Bruce Scott checks out Southern Downs meat in South Korea.
Working towards a free-trade agreement with Japan and South Korea, Mr Scott was the deputy leader of a Federal Government delegation which is conducting an enquiry and supporting Australia's trade relations with the two countries.
"It was very rewarding to see our products beyond Australian shores promoting the Darling Downs," Mr Scott said.
With a poster promoting Darling Downs cattle, and meat labelled "Australian beef clean and safe" it was easy to find Aussie beef cuts in South Korea.
"The delegation was told some of the meat was processed at John Dee," Mr Scott said.
"John Dee is a major employer in Warwick supporting workers, families, growers and the town's economy so it's important to grow the market and get our fair share on the world stage."
Mr Scott said the Federal Government delegation's role was to identify new markets and assist Aussie companies to access existing and potential opportunities in Japan and South Korea.
"About 50% of South Korea's beef imports are sourced from Australia and Australia's beef exports, by value, rank Japan as number one, followed by South Korea and the USA third," he said.