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Clarification: ECA position on Home Affairs portfolio


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) clarifies it is not calling on the government to move policy responsibility for customs and visas to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, but for this to be considered as an option.

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There’s more to customs and visa policies than security


‘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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ECA congratulates Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on the recent signing of a Mutual Recognition Agreement with the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department


The Agreement means Australian exporters will benefit from new trade facilitation measures, such as reduced examination requirements and prioritised clearance, in Hong Kong.

“The signing of the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) is an important commitment for Australia and Hong Kong to co-operate on important economic and trade issues,” says Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley. “This will improve trade-related opportunities between our two economies by addressing regulatory reform and easing trade facilitation for Australian companies moving goods through Hong Kong.”

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ECA welcomes Australia joining New Zealand with announcement of Pacific Alliance Free Trade Agreement negotiations


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the announcement of Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations with the Pacific Alliance, announced on Saturday by Minster for Trade, Tourism and Investment the Hon Steven Ciobo MP. “We are pleased that the government is seeking new opportunities for Australian companies in Latin America by enhancing and reinforcing Australia’s market access in Mexico, Peru, Colombia and Chile,” says ECA CEO Lisa McAuley.

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Support for Trade Should Not Breed Complacency


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the release of the 2017 Lowy Institute Poll.

‘There are a lot of positives to take away from this poll’ said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the ECA. ‘But it also highlights that the government and business leaders cannot take public support for granted.’

Australians expressed support for globalisation in record numbers, with 78 per cent saying it was mostly good for Australia. And two out of three Australians recognised that free trade benefited their standard of living and the Australian economy overall.


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International competitiveness begins at home


It was rather disappointing yesterday to find out that Australia has slipped from 17 to 21 in the IMD World Competitiveness Rankings, falling outside the top 20 nations for the first time since 1996.

Over four years ago, as part of the ECA’s 2013 Trade Policy Recommendations, the Export Council of Australia (ECA) highlighted the need for government to develop and prioritise policies that will result in a reduction of red and green tape, eliminating duplication and lowering the facilitation costs associated with trade. The goal was to ensure that Government was taking necessary steps to streamline regulation that inhibits the ability of Australian companies to compete internationally.

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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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Export Finance Australia Oct 2020