AusNorth Trading is a vision to harness excellent soil and pristine waterways of the Northern Territory to produce world-class tropical fruits, seasonal vegetables, and fresh ocean seafood for the world. We wish to provide an opportunity to the local Northern Australian farmers and growers to sell their organic products in the international market.
LeveragingDarwin’ss proximity to SE Asian market, we have built strong distribution channels that allow us to deliver fresh fruits and vegetables within 36 hours. Thanks to well-connected flights between Darwin and Singapore, we can easily deliver anywhere in SE Asian market.
Darwin has always faced challenges in delivering fresh produce internationally due to the lack of cold storage and other distribution facilities. But things changed in 2020, with the commissioning of a cold storage and treatment facility at the Darwin International Airport. Together with a resident freight forwarder, Darwin came into its own as a legitimate export port for airfreight. This allowed AusNorth Trading to deliver the pristine NT organic products to your doorsteps in less than 48 hours.
We have commenced domestic and international shipments of agricultural produce in 2021. However, Kevin and Willem (brain behind AusNorth) had been involved in the export trade for many years. Kevin has been exporting live cattle across SE Asia for years now. Whereas Willem, a former Northern Territory Agriculture Minister, is well versed in making connections and striking trade deals.
AusNorth has state-of-an-art storage facilities, distribution channels, and highly experienced staff that can help you enjoy Australian organic produce around the globe.
AusNorth Trading is there to fill the much-needed gap between producers and international markets craving for clean, green, and environmentally sustainable agricultural and seafood products. We plan to connect Australian agriculturalists and seafood producers to the world.
We believe in Caring for the Country. AusNorth Trading is dedicated to serving the original, organic, and high-quality Northern Territory products to our international customers, meanwhile uplifting the standard of local farmers and growers.
Willem Westra van Holthe has been an honorable resident of northern Australia for the past 37 years. He served as a senior Police Officer for 21 years before entering Northern Territory politics in 2008.
Willem was the Member of Katherine for eight years and served in several Cabinet Minister positions within the Northern Territory Government from 2012 – 2016. He served as Deputy Chief Minister, Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries, Minister for Mines and Energy, Minister for Land Resource Management, Minister for Public Employment, and Minister for Essential Services.
Willem was granted Honourable for Life status in Australia’s government sector. He has strong business acumen, including financial intelligence and business management. His experience enables him to integrate public and private interests to assure compliance, business sustainability, and competitiveness.
He currently runs his own consultancy, where he assists primary resources and other major industries to construct a strategy, protocol, production partnerships, and risk management controls. His expertise lies in negotiating and engaging with primary Asian markets to attract foreign investment and multinational trade and commerce deals. Willem is passionate about continuing to contribute to the success of the Northern Territory-based businesses.
Kevin Mulvahil has been a Northern Territory resident for over 25 years. He settled in Darwin to work as the financial controller in the expanding live cattle trade. While still connected to the live cattle trade, Kevin has worked across a number of sectors in agriculture and spent two years living in Jakarta developing a vertically integrated livestock business for an ASX-listed company.
Kevin has performed a number of leadership roles over the years, including working in ASX listed companies, large private firms, Government and Non-Government Organisations (NLC). Most recently, Kevin was the General Manager and shareholder in South East Asian Livestock Services Private Ltd, a boutique live cattle exporter.
During his time in the SEALS, he twice won the NT Exporter of the Year in Agriculture award. Within this period, Kevin also served as the Chairman of the NT Livestock Exporters Association.
In conjunction with the GM role at SEALS, for the last ten years, Kevin has run his own private business in AusAsia Network Private Ltd., incorporating AusAsia Agribusiness, AusAsia AgriTrading, and AusAsia Consulting. Kevin had worked with numerous clients across north Australia and South East Asia while performing his duties at SEALS.
Being a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program, Kevin is well aware of the rural, remote work challenges, both in Australia and internationally.
He is also on the executive committee of the International Business Council as well as the animal welfare-focused Consolidated Standards of Animal Welfare. Building a prosperous NT while ensuring a safe and active community is Kevin’s dream.
Kevin has participated in many leadership roles in the local service/sporting organizations, including being President of Athletics NT for over eight years, and recently, he was elected Vice-President of the Southern Districts Football Club. He also undertakes pro-bono work for some small indigenous agricultural businesses operating in remote areas.