Trade Alliance Coffee Break: Opportunities with Australia

Friday, April 4th 2014

Trade Alliance Coffee Break: Opportunities with Australia


Joe Kaesshaefer
Senior Commercial Officer
U.S. Commercial Service, Sydney, Australia

Friday, April 4th, 2014

Fenwick & West
1191 Second Ave, 10th Floor
Downtown Seattle


Free for Members
$15 for Non-Members


Join the Trade Alliance and Seattle USEAC for a coffee break to discuss opportunities for Washington state companies in Australia with Joe Kaesshaefer of the U.S. Commercial Service.

With a population of about 23 million, Australia has proven to be an appealing and profitable market for American companies for many years. It offers very few barriers to entry, a familiar legal and corporate framework, and a sophisticated – yet straightforward business culture. While it is important to understand and appreciate Australia’s cultural differences, the long and successful history of American firms in Australia suggests that other U.S. companies will also find this market to be rewarding and attractive.  There are significant opportunities for Washington state companies in an array of sectors that include:

Automotive Parts

-          Australia has the third highest vehicle ownership rate tin the world

-          The US is the leading source of aftermarket parts supply


-          According to the ITA, there are 3,800 Australian students studying in the United States,

-          Interest by Australian undergraduates in sports scholarship opportunities is common, as is a one semester exchange. Often the pursuit of a U.S. course by an undergraduate is a direct result of affiliation between the American and Australian university.

-          Popular courses for Australian graduates include science, technology, engineering, and business.

Medical Equipment

-          Around 90% of medical devices in Australia are imported

-          US is the major supplier

Renewable Energy

-          Australian Renewable Energy Agnecy has $3.2 billion to fund R&D and commercialization of renewable energy

-          Goal is to have 20% renewable energy target by 2020

Travel & Tourism

-          Strong UAD is fueling demand for travel

-          10th largest inbound market for travel and tourism in the world

Joseph B. Kaesshaefer, Jr. is Counselor for Commercial Affairs for the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, and Wellington, New Zealand, and works from the U.S. Consulate in Sydney.  Prior to his current post at the Embassy in Camberra, Joe served as the Commercial Counselor for the U.S. Embassies in Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Vienna, Austria. From 1994 to 1998, Joe served as the Commercial Consul at the U.S. Consulate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  In 1993 and 1994, Joe worked in Paris, France at both the

Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Commercial Service office at the U.S. Embassy.  From 1987 to 1993, Joe acted as a Trade Specialist in the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.  Prior to joining the Department of Commerce, Joe worked for a travel assistance firm in their London, England, and Washington, D.C. offices, and for two U.S. Senators as a junior aide.


Registration: This program is SOLD OUT but we are operating a wait list. The cost for this event is free for members and $15 for non-members. For questions, please contact Samantha Paxton/206.389.7319 /

Co-promoted by: Seattle U.S. Export Assistance Center
World Affairs Council


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