The countdown is on to the 54th Australian Export Awards to held in Brisbane tomorrow night.
This is where the exporting community comes together to celebrate and honour the outstanding achievements of Australia's top exporters.
The 12 National award winners and the Australian Exporter of the Year, the night's highest honour, will be announced at this gala ceremony.
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo last week announced the 81 Award finalists, representing a diverse cross section of Australian business.
The finalists are drawn from their respective State and Territory Export Award programs, where they have won their categories for 2016.
The awards highlight the international business success of Australian companies based on export growth, marketing and financial strategies.
This year’s finalists together generated more than $12.3 billion in export sales in 2015-16 and employed more than 34,500 people.
“Businesses like these are driving Australia’s successful transition to a post-mining boom economy,” Mr Ciobo said.
“They represent the best we have to offer and their products include everything from sports technology to indigenous-designed fashion accessories, naval architecture, specialist manufacturing equipment, e-commerce platforms and cyber security.”
Nearly 40 per cent of finalists are classified as small businesses with 20 staff or less, and 53 per cent generate more than
half their revenue from exports.
Largest export markets
Although they are active in almost every corner of the globe, their largest export markets are the United States and China. More than 60 per cent identified at least one of the new FTA markets of China, Japan or Korea as a key market.
National finalists are the category winners in their state or territory export award program.
The national winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane on Thursday.
One of them will also be named the Australian Exporter of the Year.
The winner of the inaugural Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment’s Investment Award will also be announced at this year’s Awards ceremony.
The Australian Export Awards are co-presented by Austrade, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and CPA Australia.
A full list of finalists can be viewed here: www.exportawards.gov.au/Finalists/2016