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Talk to an expert in the Americas region

We can help establish or grow your international business in NSW, or assist you to export products from NSW to customers in the USA, Canada and Latin America.

Key contact

Joe Kaesshaefer

Trade and Investment Commissioner - the Americas

Based in San Francisco, taking up the post in 2016. Joe heads the Americas team, focused on fostering both trade and investment outcomes across all key priority areas, and leads key government-to-government and stakeholder relationships across the geography. 

Prior to his work with New South Wales, Joe led trade and investment promotion programs for the United States in Embassies and Consulates throughout the world from 1992 to 2016. This included positions as Counselor for Commercial Affairs in Australia (based in Sydney) and across various other global posts, including New Zealand, France, Saudi Arabia, Austria, Slovakia, Malaysia, and Indonesia, and U.S.-based positions in Washington and San Francisco.  He retired from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service in 2016.  

Contact us

New York office


150 42nd St #34
New York, NY 10017
United States

San Francisco

Washington DC office


Austrade, Embassy of Australia
Suite GP410 1145
17th St NW Washington DC 20036
United States

Toronto, Canada office


Australian Consulate General 
Suite 1100 South Tower
175 Bloor Street, East 
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3R8

Santiago, Chile office


Av Isidora Goyenechea 3621
Floor 9, Office 902 Las Condes
Santiago, Chile

Key facts

The US is the world’s largest economy and one of Australia’s most important trade and investment partners. It is Australia’s largest investor, with $184 billion in total foreign direct investment at the end of 2021, and Australia’s second largest services export market ($8.4 billion).

NSW counts the US as its third largest two-way merchandise trading partner ($20.3 billion) and fifth largest merchandise export market ($4.4 billion).

Despite the key role the US economy plays for NSW, Canada and Latin America add enormous opportunities for both investment and trade with the region.

Opportunities to grow in NSW

  • There are significant opportunities for investment in NSW from the USA, Canada and other Latin American countries in the sectors of defence, aerospace, technology, medtech, life sciences, clean economy and resources, including critical minerals.
  • NSW has a large pool of talent in these sectors, and it’s growing. Our highly skilled workforce and entrepreneurial strengths turn fresh ideas into successful enterprises.

Export opportunities from NSW

  • A growing number of Latin American students are projected to study in Australia, including NSW as a leading study destination for students from countries such as Chile, Brazil and Colombia.
  • Business and consumer demand from the Americas, particularly the USA, holds great export opportunities in sectors such as agrifood, premium food and beverage.
  • In addition to Free Trade Agreements, Government partnerships can help facilitate priority access for NSW businesses looking to export to the Americas and accelerate market entry by companies from the North and Latin American markets into NSW. Examples of such partnerships are the NSW-California Sister State Agreement and the NSW-Denver Statement of Intent.


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