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Prestigious Awards Launched Today The 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards


The Export Council of Australia (ECA), along with our principal partner the NSW Government, and our 2017 award partners, are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.
At a launch event, held last night, with our venue partners, HSBC Bank more than 80 local exporters and representatives from industry and government gathered to participate in a panel discussion about increasing market access for trade. Special guests included representatives from previous NSW export award winners; Blackmores and ATRON Enterprises.

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International Business Coaching for Australian SMEs Launched by Export Council of Australia


There are under 300 Australian businesses exporting more than $100 million of goods each year. This is less than 1% of all Australian businesses, yet they account for over 80% of Australia’s exports.

To put this in context, internationally the top 1% of exporters account for only 53% of goods exports. We need to achieve greater balance and increase the number of Australian SME exporters. This is crucial to Australia’s future growth and prosperity, as well as ensuring quality jobs for future generations of Australians

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Prestigious Awards Launched Today The 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) and Trade & Investment Queensland, in conjunction with our award partners, are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards.
At a launch event held on Level 41 of the new government building, 1 William Street, more than 100 local exporters gathered to participate in a panel discussion about increasing market access for trade. Special guests included representatives from some of Queensland’s leading export companies Smart Cap Technologies, Typefi Systems, and Rinstrum.

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TPP Revival Good News For Australian Exports And Jobs


Moves to revive the Trans-Pacific Partnership are good news for Australia, which stands to gain significant economic benefits from the regional trade agreement.The TPP will deliver benefits for Australia by reducing barriers to trade in a wide range of goods and services and improving access to export markets in the Asia-Pacific.

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Prestigious Awards Launched Today The 2017 WA Industry & Export Awards


The Export Council of Australia (ECA), with the WA Department of Commerce and our valued award partners, are pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 Western Australian Industry & Export awards are now open.
Last night, a launch event was hosted by award partner Deloitte, with more than 90 local exporters industry representatives gathered to participate in a vigorous panel discussion about increasing market access for trade. Special guests included representatives from some of Western Australia’s top exporters including Dr Richard Lipscombe, Managing Director of Proteomics International, last year’s WA Exporter of the Year award winner.

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ECA welcomes launch of Peru-Australia FTA negotiations—while keeping our eye on the TPP prize


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the launch of the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA), which the Australian Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Steven Ciobo MP, announced today with Peru’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Tourism, Eduardo Ferreyros.

In its 2017 Trade Policy Recommendations, the ECA called on the government to seek new bilateral FTAs with Canada, Mexico and Peru—the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties with which Australia does not already have an FTA.

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Why Australia Should Fight for the Trans-Pacific Partnership


This weekend in Vietnam, at the sidelines of an APEC meeting, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo will meet with trade ministers from ten other countries to discuss the future of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
There were twelve TPP members, until Donald Trump (in one of his first acts as president) withdrew the United States from the agreement in January.

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ECA welcomes launch of Australia-Hong Kong FTA negotiations


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the launch of negotiations over the Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement (A-HKTFA), announced this week by Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment Steven Ciobo and Hong Kong Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Mr Gregory So Kam-leung.

Hong Kong is a crucial trade and investment partner for Australia. It is the sixth-largest market in the world for Australian goods exports, and seventh largest for Australian services exports. Considering its small size, these figures are testament to Hong Kong’s fundamental place in the world economy, and its importance to Australian goods and services exporters.

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ECA praises budget’s long term commitment to infrastructure investment and regional commitments


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) praises the trade-facilitating measures announced in the 2017-18 Budget, such as a long-term commitment to improve domestic infrastructure in Australia, and “business as usual” funding for the Australian Trade and Investment Commission. Measures such as these support efforts by Australian industry to engage in the global economy.

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Historic Weekend in Shanghai Gets A Business Focus


David Koch and Tim Harcourt will together be hosting a full-day conference in Shanghai during the lead up to the historic Port Adelaide match, focusing on how Australian business can do business in China.

Featuring what promises to be a very influential line-up of guests, the “Secrets To Doing Business In China” event is aimed at educating and inspiring Australian businesses who are in Shanghai at the time, leveraging the hype and influx of people for the Post-Gold Coast fixture.

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Trade has made Australia more prosperous


The ECA is also pleased, along with a number of peak Australian business organisations have joined together to launch a fact sheet demonstrating the ways trade has made Australia more prosperous. The 10 Facts About Australian Trade fact sheet outlines benefits such as the average Australian family being up to $3900 better off each year as a result of trade and 2.7 million Australian jobs relying on trade.

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Are you ready for 1 July? US-bound air cargo screening requirements are changing


If you are doing business with the US please find below important information that is critical to securing the future of your US export business.

You will be unable to export to the US by air after 1 July unless you comply with new US air cargo screening requirements.
These requirements have been imposed on airlines by the US Government. The Australian Government is working with Australian businesses to help them comply with these US requirements, ensure readiness for the change and reduce red tape while enabling a smooth transition.

You must act now to get ready for the change. This deadline is non-negotiable.

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The Export Council of Australia (ECA) believes that with the right encouragement and tools, more Australian businesses, particularly Micro Small Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), can take on and succeed in the world of international trade.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were more than 2.17 million actively trading businesses in Australia in June 2016, an increase of 2.4 per cent from June 2015, primarily driven by growth in small businesses (those with fewer than 20 employees).

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PACER Plus Negotiations Provide Win/Win for Pacific Islands Countries


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) warmly welcomes the conclusion of the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus negotiations.

For developing countries in the region, prosperity can only come through the development of a strong private sector. With imports leading to a more competitive economy, and exports leading to stronger businesses that employ more people and pay higher wages, trade is crucial to developing a strong private sector.

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New Staff Appointed to Help Sustain Growth


As the voice for Australian exporters and as strong advocates for international business the Export Council of Australia (ECA) is pleased to introduce two new Senior Events and Communications managers joining our team. With an ongoing focus on trade policy research, developing international trade skills and recognising trade success our dynamic team welcomes the growth and support of our new appointees.

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Agreements with Key Australian Trading Partners is Vital for Economic Growth


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) applauds the successful conclusion of a joint scoping exercise between Australia and the European Union (EU) on a future free trade agreement (FTA).

ECA CEO Lisa McAuley says “Australia’s trade and investment relationship with the EU as a whole is one of our most important around the world. A future Australia-EU FTA will further build and enhance ties that are already worth nearly AUD 100 billion in bilateral trade, and more than $1.5 trillion in bilateral investment.”

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New Trade Policy Recommendations Urges Government to Keep Eyes on the Prize


As Australia’s voice for exporters, the Export Council of Australia (ECA) today releases its annual Trade Policy Recommendations; A prosperous future for all Australians through international trade.

ECA CEO Lisa McAuley says it is a dangerous time for international trade. In recent decades, we have seen a slow but steady march towards increasingly open global markets. But developments in 2016 show that progress can potentially be undone very quickly.”

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Australia’s Most Comprehensive International Business Activity Survey Released


As the country’s most significant study into Australian international business activity, the Export Council of Australia (ECA) has today launched its annual Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS).

With trade and investment being crucial components for a strong economy, the 2017 release is the fourth in the series of studies and is a collaborative effort between the ECA, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic), and UTS Business School.

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New Online Tool to Assist Exporters


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) was instrumental in driving the development by ANZ of “Be Trade Ready”. The online tool gives Australian businesses access to comparative information on Free Trade Agreements in 10 key markets and across 16 industry sectors, and a wealth of market information.

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Trade Facilitation Agreement: A Well Needed Win for Global Trade


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) celebrates the entry into force of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), a significant event that is poised to change the future of global trade for Australia and the world.

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