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China Waste Import – Proposed Changes

China Waste Import – Proposed Changes

21.08.2017 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

China has advised the World Trade Organisation (WTO) that by the end of 2017 it will no longer accept imports of 24 categories of solid waste as part of a Government campaign against “yang langi” or “foreign waste”. The article below is an unofficial translation of the WTO notification lodged by China.

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Brisbane Airport achieves largest international passenger growth in a decade in FY17

Brisbane Airport achieves largest international passenger growth in a decade in FY17

21.08.2017 Leonie Vandeven

International passengers through Brisbane Airport (BNE) grew by nearly 364,300 to more than 5.6 million in FY17, representing a 7 per cent increase on FY16, the greatest growth for BNE in a decade. Overall passenger numbers, including domestic traffic, saw an increase of nearly 2 per cent year-on-year, to more than 22.8 million travellers for the financial year.

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ECA Support for Federal Budget

ECA Support for Federal Budget

18.08.2017 Tim Michael

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) praises the trade-facilitating measures announced in this year’s Federal Budget. The long-term commitment to improve domestic infrastructure in Australia, and “business as usual” funding for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission will assist Australian industry to engage in the global economy. The ECA believes the latest budget will help to create new jobs and support manufacturing initiatives.

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Back To The Future: The Use Of US Section 301 For China

Back To The Future: The Use Of US Section 301 For China

17.08.2017 Deborah Elms

The United States has now moved one step closer to dusting off a Cold War trade relic and applying it to China. In authorizing US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer to investigate whether to self-initiate a Section 301 case against China for alleged unfair trade practices, we have started down a path first traveled in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Financing for Global Growth Course - Sydney and Melbourne

Financing for Global Growth Course - Sydney and Melbourne

17.08.2017 Collins Rex

Doing business in international markets requires companies to understand how to easily navigate their finance to enable global growth.This course provides an overview of what you need to know when it comes to managing and preparing for global growth and also provides you with the information of key experts in the field.

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Growing Your Business Offshore Course - Sydney and Melbourne

Growing Your Business Offshore Course - Sydney and Melbourne

17.08.2017 Collins Rex

Your first forays into international markets have been successful. You may have entered into a short-term distribution arrangement or perhaps sold either goods or services via online channels, but now you realise that to grow you need to establish a more formal international presence. Before you commit to tying up resources and spending money, you need to determine the right way forward for YOUR business. This half-day course will equip you with the necessary information to make an informed decision regarding your international expansion.

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​Getting the Import Documentation Right Course - Sydney and Melbourne

​Getting the Import Documentation Right Course - Sydney and Melbourne

17.08.2017 Collins Rex

The preparation of import documentation can be confusing, time consuming, costly and prone to human error, but correct import documentation is vital for any importer to transact business in an efficient and cost effective way. This one-day course is aimed at companies looking to not only understand import documentation requirements, but also to train their staff in processing documentation correctly and efficiently.

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Sydney: Changes to 457 Visa and Impact on Businesses

Sydney: Changes to 457 Visa and Impact on Businesses

16.08.2017 Australia China Business Council

On 1 July 2017, there were a number of further changes to temporary and permanent skilled migration programs, including the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457) program. These changes are of concern for many Australian corporates, SME’s and individuals. ACBC NSW is pleased to invite you to our 457 Visa seminar moderated by Stacey Martin, Expat Advisors Community.

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BNE welcomes Singapore Airlines’ A350 Trifecta for Brisbane

BNE welcomes Singapore Airlines’ A350 Trifecta for Brisbane

16.08.2017 Leonie Vandeven

Days ahead of Singapore Airlines increasing services from 24 to 28 flights per week (four times daily) between Singapore and Brisbane Airport, the airline has announced it will operate the brand new A350-900 aircraft for three of its four daily flights. The introduction of the three new aircraft will occur over a four month period starting from Monday 16 October 2017, when SQ235/256 will change from an A330-300 to the new A350-900.

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Review of Australia's Space Industry Capability: call for Industry Input and the Melbourne-based Consultation Session

Review of Australia's Space Industry Capability: call for Industry Input and the Melbourne-based Consultation Session

15.08.2017 John Macdonald

On 4 August 2017, the Australian Government launched the consultation process for the ’Review of Australia’s Space Industry Capability’.  The review is consulting widely to examine the Australian space sector’s current capability and areas of comparative advantage, as well as our regional and international engagement within the global sector. Importantly, this input will be used to inform the review’s finding and the development of the right strategic framework to support the growth of Australia’s space industry.

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Securing our prosperity through greater trade and investment

Securing our prosperity through greater trade and investment

15.08.2017 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Australia has entered its 26th consecutive year of economic growth, in no small part due to the contribution of trade and investment. Last year Australia’s goods and services exports rose 7.6% in real terms, and net exports contributed 1.4 percentage points to our 2.4% annual growth in real GDP. Australia’s relatively small population means that we will continue to rely on imported capital and bigger overseas markets to keep our standards of living high.

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China deadline for dairy exporters of infant formula

China deadline for dairy exporters of infant formula

14.08.2017 Rowan Callick

Dairy companies must meet China’s regulatory requirements by January 1 to sell infant formulas. The clock is ticking for Australian infant formula producers to complete a suite of new regulatory hurdles, in order to be able to keep selling their powder in China after January 1.

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You Can Indeed Lose What You Never Had

You Can Indeed Lose What You Never Had

11.08.2017 Deborah Elms

The start of a piece in yesterday’s TheStreet summarized a common viewpoint on the US withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, when it said: “You can’t lose what you never had…” In fact, you can.

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CEO Update International Business Today Winter 2017

CEO Update International Business Today Winter 2017

10.08.2017 Lisa McAuley

It’s a new financial year and it’s time for Australian exporters to seize the day and take advantage of a whole range of opportunities that are sitting right on our doorstep. What a start to the year we have had. Working in international trade makes it impossible to shut off from the daily updates and developments in the Northern hemisphere. At the ECA, it is our job to monitor trade policy messaging and announcements in markets like the United States and the United Kingdom on behalf of our members, and the team here has certainly been kept on their toes.

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International Business Today Winter 2017 is out now!

International Business Today Winter 2017 is out now!

09.08.2017 Tim Michael

How important is trade to the Australian economy? The short answer is: “it’s vital.” In this edition of International Business Today ECA CEO Lisa McAuley explains why trade and investment is a key driver of jobs, innovation and long-term prosperity for Australia. Ms McAuley says more Australia businesses should consider showcasing their products and services to the world – because when your business succeeds on the world stage – so does Australia.

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VIVA MÉXICO!

VIVA MÉXICO!

08.08.2017 Collins Rex

Mexico is the fourteenth largest economy in the world and home to 120 million people. As such, Mexico is a significant market in its own right, as well as a potential gateway to opportunities across the Americas for Australian companies.

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Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally

Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally

08.08.2017 Collins Rex

The ECA – in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Aid for Trade and Australia Awards programs – has formulated a training program specifically for women in the Pacific region. This course is titled: “Australia Awards: Women Trading Globally”.

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Don’t let Buy Queensland sell Australia short

Don’t let Buy Queensland sell Australia short

04.08.2017 Lisa McAuley

“Any ‘Buy Queensland’ policies must be consistent with Australia’s international trade commitments,” said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). “Otherwise they will undermine Australia’s international credibility and risk retaliation.”

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Trade Can Also Create Jobs—With Supportive Policies For Workers

Trade Can Also Create Jobs—With Supportive Policies For Workers

04.08.2017 Isabel Udal Perucho

In May, Robert Azevedo, Director General of the World Trade Organization, defended trade liberalization in Japan against an increasingly common argument that trade destroys jobs. The Nikkei Asian Review reported his statement that “many jobs have been lost, and people sometimes tend to believe trade is the cause of that.”“In fact,” he said, “it isn’t.” 

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Are you ready to go global?

Are you ready to go global?

04.08.2017 Collins Rex

The decision to extend sales overseas is a logical and natural progression for many businesses. The motivation to grow your business internationally can be triggered by an unsolicited request from an overseas company for a product/service, or the motivation could be the result of a considered decision to develop additional sales growth opportunities and profits through entering an international market.

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There’s more to customs and visa policies than security

There’s more to customs and visa policies than security

31.07.2017 Lisa McAuley

‘Facilitating the smooth flow of goods and people is critically important for Australia’s international competitiveness’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘We need to ensure they are seen from an economic perspective, not just through a security prism.’

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Food and Agribusiness Culture Survey

Food and Agribusiness Culture Survey

28.07.2017 Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL)

Industry culture is the set of core beliefs that underpin the patterns of behaviours being played out across the sector. Therefore, to grow the share of Australian food in the global marketplace, we must understand the drivers and beliefs that are shaping the dynamics across the sector.

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RCEP: Nineteen Rounds And Counting…

RCEP: Nineteen Rounds And Counting…

27.07.2017 Deborah Elms

The 19th round of negotiations in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is wrapping up this week in India. These are the megaregional trade talks that will eventually unite 16 countries across Asia (Australia, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Japan, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam).

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