Moira provides export opportunities to business.


Moria shire businesses were recently given an opportunity to gain an insight into the lucrative Middle Eastern export market when Austrade Trade Consultant Natalie Gueris visited.

Ms Gueris, with Council’s Industry Development Officer Michelle Moore, visited six local businesses to outline some of the export opportunities within her country. Ms Gueris lives in Doha – the capital of Qatar which is a small but stable, import driven country.

“Qatar is an extremely wealthy nation. It has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the world at US$181,000 per capita and has experienced average growth of over 21 per cent over the last five years, driven by an oil and gas asset base,” Ms. Gueris said.

She believes Moira businesses are well placed to not only supply Qatar but other countries in the oil rich region of the Middle East such as Dubai, Oman, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.

She said Middle Eastern countries import all of their resources including food, and Australia is becoming a very important and reputable trader to the region.

The quality and variety of product in Moira particularly impressed Ms Gueris as did the enthusiasm vision and foresight shown by the business owners who are all committed to growing their businesses through export.

“Many of these products are in high demand in Qatar, including high-end stockfeed for the equestrian markets, high quality Australian lamb and niche products such as value-added olive oils and Australian prunes that will satisfy the palate of both the ex-pat and Arab communities.”

Veronique Froelich from Murray Valley Prunes took time out from her busy schedule to meet and discuss opportunities with was Ms Gueris.

“I produce a delicious product that is fully tree ripened with amazing taste and texture, and I believe it to be a perfect match for Middle Eastern tastes and cuisine. I look forward to working with Natalie and Michelle to embrace opportunities to export my product to the Middle East.”


Austrade provides information, advice and a range   of services to assist Australian businesses looking to grow their   business on the world export market. They help reduce time, cost and the risk of   exporting to markets in particular in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin   America and Russia.moira

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