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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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Increasing Indonesia-Australia Business Opportunities

Increasing Indonesia-Australia Business Opportunities

25.07.2017 Standards Australia

Indonesia and Australia have a strong economic relationship with bilateral trade valued at $15.4 billion in 2015-16. The two countries are currently negotiating the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) designed to enhance bilateral trade.

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Re-assessing India: opportunities for Australian Business

Re-assessing India: opportunities for Australian Business

25.07.2017 NSW Trade and Investment

Asialink Business and NSW Trade and Investment are delighted to invite you to a keynote address by The Hon. Niall Blair, Minister for Primary Industries, Regional Water and Trade and Industry, Parliament of New South Wales on Re-assessing India: opportunities for Australian Business.

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Australian energy expertise in demand in Vietnam

Australian energy expertise in demand in Vietnam

20.07.2017 Austrade

Vietnam is keen to explore collaborative partnerships with Australian businesses as it focuses on ensuring energy supply and security to support its economic expansion. Recent policy reforms implemented by the Vietnamese Government to liberalise the sector and attract investment has led to opportunities in the power generation sector, and Australia is well placed to assist.

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Thailand is enamoured with Aussie mandarins

Thailand is enamoured with Aussie mandarins

19.07.2017 Austrade

Demand for Australian fruit, especially mandarins, continues to increase in Thailand, on the back of targeted trade promotional campaigns like the annual ‘Australia Now! In Season’ initiative. ‘Australia Now! In Season’ is a multi-industry, multi-country integrated promotional program focused on South East Asia. It is designed to raise awareness of the advantages of quality, safe and healthy Australian horticulture products.

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New International Trade Facilitation Arrangements

New International Trade Facilitation Arrangements

18.07.2017 The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Australia has entered into several new international arrangements which will improve the nation’s competitiveness and ability to trade globally. Mutual Recognition Arrangements (MRAs) have been signed with Korea’s Customs Service, Canada’s Border Services Agency and the Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong.

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ECA congratulates Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on Mutual Recognition Agreement signings with Hong Kong, South Korea and Canada

ECA congratulates Australian Customs and Border Protection Service on Mutual Recognition Agreement signings with Hong Kong, South Korea and Canada

18.07.2017 Lisa McAuley

The Agreements mean Australian exporters will benefit from new trade facilitation measures, such as reduced examination requirements and prioritised clearance, in Hong Kong, South Korea and Canada.“These Mutual Recognition Agreements (MRAs) are important commitments by Australia and Hong Kong, South Korea and Canada to co-operate on important economic and trade issues,” says Export Council of Australia (ECA) CEO Lisa McAuley. 

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