CHINA'S middle class represents a promising market for Australian producers, according to Trade Minister Richard Marles.
Mr Marles met Tasmanian producers yesterday to explain a proposed free trade agreement with China.
The agreement has been seven years and 19 rounds in the making.
Mr Marles said the companies he met - Tasmanian Quality Meats, Petuna, Josef Chromy Wines and Rhu Bru among them - had been "hot-to- trot" on the agreement.
He said it would ensure a more equal distribution of wealth than what was seen during Australia's mining boom and create "millions" of jobs.
"There are jobs going to be created in Launceston, there are jobs going to be created in Burnie," Mr Marles said.
Delays in the agreement were due to China's need for flexibility, Mr Marles said.
"They want flexibility on investment, flexibility on people movement - I think they'd like to have better visa arrangements - and a reduction on tariffs," Mr Marles said.
"We do want access to some of the more sensitive markets in China such as wheat and sugar."