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Exporters must pivot to new markets

Exporters must pivot to new markets

01.12.2020 Dianne Tipping

Recent official Chinese messaging suggests that our bilateral relationship has now entered a new low. Without doubt, China’s recent actions, including restrictions imposed on particular Australian exports, are deliberate. We suspect that the relationship has now changed in character for the foreseeable future. We advise Australian exporters to brace for a longer period of contention.

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Appointment of new Austrade CEO

Appointment of new Austrade CEO

30.11.2020 Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

The Morrison Government is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Xavier Simonet as the new Chief Executive Officer of Austrade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission.

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Paving a path through COVID-19?

Paving a path through COVID-19?

25.11.2020 Dianne Tipping

Due to COVID-19, the third Home Affairs Portfolio Industry Summit was the first summit to be held on a virtual platform across two days – 23 and 24 November. The Home Affairs Portfolio’s annual Industry Summit is its premier industry engagement event. Industry representatives heard from Portfolio's leaders about the ABF’s strategic direction and priorities for the future.

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Supporting farming livelihoods of Solomon Islands women through boutique cocoa bean export

Supporting farming livelihoods of Solomon Islands women through boutique cocoa bean export

24.11.2020 Angela Wright

Diana Yates is Managing Director of Cathliro, a producer and supplier of sun dried (smoke free) cocoa beans. She works closely with Solomon Island’s small cocoa growers to improve their farming practices and ensure they get best prices for their ‘wet’ beans. Cathliro purchases their beans, and then ferments and sun-dries them to a reliably high standard – achieving “a consistent flavour of light fruity and floral notes”.

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The Lupin Co - Navigating the world of exporting

The Lupin Co - Navigating the world of exporting

24.11.2020 Export Council of Australia

ECA Member The Lupin Co started the business in 2016 and manufacture foods from Australian Sweet Lupin, as a high protein (40%+) and low carbohydrate (4%) option in a diabesity challenged world. They built a factory and have vertical integration back to large WA farms which supply the business.

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Comment: Australia joins RCEP – the big new deal comes over the horizon

Comment: Australia joins RCEP – the big new deal comes over the horizon

24.11.2020 Andrew Hudson

Recent news on the international trade stage has been less than optimistic – especially for those Australian exporters who are held up by ongoing Chinese trade bans on some of our primary products and resources.

It appears to be a direct consequence of some diplomatic disagreements but, to date, falls short of a full trade war.

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Vekta Automation:Our focus is on building relationships

Vekta Automation:Our focus is on building relationships

10.11.2020 Export Council of Australia

2020 has started as an exciting year for ECA Member, Vekta Automation. They are in the process of strategically planning for the next three years with a focus on increasing their exporting markets and product offering. They are wrapping up the development of two new products, both will disrupt the market and provide Vekta with a strong entry point for the European market. In all the plans, visions and actions Vekta continues to focus on building relationships- their internal Vekta family, customers, suppliers, partners and associations such as ECA. This is how Vekta will continue to grow to be a global business.

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Export Finance Webinar: Are you prepared for 2021? Register today!

Export Finance Webinar: Are you prepared for 2021? Register today!

09.11.2020 Dianne Tipping

Are you financially prepared for export in 2021?

Following a disrupted 2020, what challenges and opportunities does 2021 have in store? Uncertain economic conditions, currency fluctuations, export marketing budget constraints and an increased need to de-risk your export operations.
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The possible Australian trade consequences from the US election result

The possible Australian trade consequences from the US election result

09.11.2020 Andrew Hudson

According to most officials, we appear to have a winner in the United States (US) election with the announcement of the success of the Biden/Harris ticket.

It has yet to be recognised or endorsed by the current US President and his followers but the plan seems to be that the Biden/Harris administration will be inaugurated on 20 January 2021. Although the manner of that inauguration may be very different in the time of the pandemic.

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PACER Plus will come into force on 13 December 2020

PACER Plus will come into force on 13 December 2020

09.11.2020 Dianne Tipping

The Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus is a regional development-centred trade agreement. It is a comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (FTA) covering goods, services and investment. Negotiations on PACER Plus commenced in 2009 and concluded in Brisbane on 20 April 2017.

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China trade disruptions

China trade disruptions

06.11.2020 ​Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment will continue to provide certification for goods that meet the requirements of the Export Control Act.

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IP Australia - helping SMEs protect their inventions

IP Australia - helping SMEs protect their inventions

03.11.2020 IP Australia

Are you considering exporting your goods or services overseas?

If you’re an innovative small to medium business (SME) you need to know how you can protect and leverage your ideas in Australia as well as overseas.

Understanding intellectual property (IP) can help you establish your market position, secure your IP rights, and ensure you don’t infringe on existing IP in that country.

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Getting the Export Documentation Right - Online Live Workshops Now Available

Getting the Export Documentation Right - Online Live Workshops Now Available

29.10.2020 Richelle Ward

The preparation of export documentation can be confusing, time consuming, costly, and prone to human error, but correct export documentation is vital for any exporter to transact business in an efficient and cost effective way. The Export Council of Australia (ECA) has developed a series of workshops for companies wanting to understand export documentation requirements and/or gain assistance in training their team in processing documentation correctly and efficiently.

Please note there are three workshops available covering different topics - you can attend one or all three!

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ECA featured Member: Aglive

ECA featured Member: Aglive

27.10.2020 Export Council of Australia

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on global supply chains that will be felt for years to come. Where price and speed were once defining factors in global trade, the focus has shifted to the safety, traceability, and provenance of products as they move around the world.

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Relaxation of conditions for the import of Onions into India

Relaxation of conditions for the import of Onions into India

26.10.2020 Dianne Tipping

High Commission of India, Canberra, announces the relaxation of conditions for the import of Onions into India. India has been decided to allow relaxation from the condition of fumigation and additional declaration on Phytosanitary Certificate as per the Plant Quarantine Order 2003, for imports up to 15 December 2020 on the following conditions:

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NSW Export Awards to celebrate resilience

NSW Export Awards to celebrate resilience

21.10.2020 NSW Government

Businesses across the state will have a chance to boost their company profile and demonstrate their resilience in the face of adversity with submissions now open for the 2020 Premier’s NSW Export Awards.

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Are You Ready for 2021?

Are You Ready for 2021?

19.10.2020 Western Union Business Solutions

Whether negotiating payment terms with international suppliers, budgeting for projects or hedging future payments, planning for 2021 in a volatile FX market is an intimidating prospect.

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NSW Strengthening business and community ties with India

NSW Strengthening business and community ties with India

13.10.2020 Gandhi Creations

Trade, investment and collaboration with one of the world’s most dynamic economies will be the focus of a COVIDSafe Australia-India bilateral awards initiative coming to Sydney in 2021 under a three-year partnership with the NSW Government.

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