Australian Merino Exports


From inception in 2008, Australian Merino Exports has continued to experience strong growth, across a variety of international markets. 

After many years working for a large corporate wool trading house, Directors James Thomson and Chris Kelly saw an opportunity to utilise their combined experience to establish a personalised wool exporting company that would uniquely provide a flexible and “hands on” approach to the requirements of their customer.

The directors are involved in all aspects of the business from the greasy wool selection, sale room purchase and eventual sale to client.

James Thomson

James Thomson

James has been exposed to the wool industry from a very young age with both grandparents running wool growing farms. As a teenager, James learnt to shear the sheep and spent his school holidays traveling away from home to work in the shearing sheds. Once finishing school and completing his Wool and Fibre Marketing qualification, James began his career handling wool in the private buying system, before moving into wool export, where he spent many years working initially for a Korean company and then for a large Japanese trading house.

The culmination of James's vast knowledge, passion and experience in the industry, lead him to establish Australian Merino Exports. Seeing an opportunity to service the market with a personal hands on approach, Australian Merino Exports was developed with partner Chris Kelly, ensuring clients of the company receive quality deliveries, matching their requirements at a competitive price – balancing quality for outcome against cost. No other supplier can match the expert wool fibre knowledge with the trading acumen of Australian Merino Exports.

Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly

Coming from a Victorian Western District farming family, Chris was privileged to be raised on a wool growing farm, which has been producing fine wool clips for generations. Leaving the farm as a young man, Chris completed his qualifications in Wool and Fibre Marketing before embarking on a long career in wool export. He quickly moved into a management position within Itochu Australia and over the years has held several positions of authority within the industry including:

  • 2014 Board Member Director Australian Wool Testing Authority
  • 2014 Nominee Director Australian Council of Wool Exporters Inc
  • 2013 President Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors Inc
  • 2008 Director Australian Merino Exports
  • 2007 Director Daidoh Australia

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