Queensland would welcome more United States military exercises and open ports to restock its fleet with biofuel, premier Campbell Newman says.

Queensland premier Campbell Newman will try to woo the United States military into using the state for more military exercises and refuelling duties.

He’ll push the agenda during a 10-day trade mission in the US and will meet an engineering firm on Friday that works on defence bases.

“It would be great to see more American training exercises in Queensland, it would also be good to see more visits by their vessels, and there is also opportunities being explored in bio-fuels,” he said.

“The US fleet are interested in going very heavily into bio-fuels, that is actually a policy position they have, and Queensland way be well position to provide bio-fuels, and obviously we’ve got the proximity to the region they are interested in, the Asia-Pacific region.

“I think we can really put a good case forward for the use of our ports but also access to bio-fuels, which we need to develop.”

Mr Newman is leading a group of companies to Los Angeles, New York and Houston, from March 6 to 15, to boost investment and jobs.

In Houston he’ll discuss new technologies to improve gas extraction.

“Queensland has vast resources potentially of shale gas, which is something that I’d like to see explored and developed in our state,” he said.