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Registering trade marks in China: Madrid filing challenges

Registering trade marks in China: Madrid filing challenges

14.06.2018 IP Australia

If you’re even thinking about doing business in China, the first thing you should do is protect your brand by applying for a trade mark in China. China’s first-to-file trade marks system means that registering as early as possible is the only reliable way to ensure the most efficient protection of your intellectual property in China and avoid bad faith trade mark registrations, a common problem in China.

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Tapping global growth in online sales

Tapping global growth in online sales

12.06.2018 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

I am pleased to launch a new guide to help Australian export businesses harness the power of e-commerce to expand into global markets. Developed by Austrade, Online Exporting: A Guide for Australian Business is a practical resource for exporters looking to access markets like China, Japan, South Korea, and Indonesia.

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Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards: Register Today!

Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards: Register Today!

08.06.2018 Richelle Ward

Applications are now open for the 29th annual Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. Whether your company is large or small, by winning an export award, you gain the opportunity to significantly raise your company’s profile, be exposed to valuable business and networking opportunities, and be honoured for your hard work and success before the who’s who of the Queensland international trade community.

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Nominations open for Australian Export Awards

Nominations open for Australian Export Awards

08.06.2018 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Australia’s exporters will be awarded for their work creating jobs and driving economic growth at the 56th Australian Export Awards. Nominations are now open for the 2018 awards program and I encourage all Australian exporters, large and small, to enter.

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Local industry experts to boost Aussie defence exports

Local industry experts to boost Aussie defence exports

05.06.2018 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

The Australian Defence Export Office and Austrade have taken the first steps towards delivering enhanced export support for Australian defence businesses, signing a Memorandum of Understanding to engage dedicated local industry experts in key export markets.

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How to get your export business on the path to positive cashflow

How to get your export business on the path to positive cashflow

05.06.2018 Efic

Cashflow is one of the biggest challenges businesses face when exporting. Payment cycles can be very long, and you need to plan carefully to ensure your business has sufficient cash to cover multiple costs. Securing a source of cash to help support your export business growth can be difficult.

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Update from the CEO

Update from the CEO

31.05.2018 Alina Bain

It’s been a great couple of months at the ECA since I started in March. I have been focused on listening to our valued partners and members, and I have already met many of you.

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Get on top of your export documentation in June!

Get on top of your export documentation in June!

31.05.2018 Angela Wright

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

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Have a crack at exporting: aussieBum

Have a crack at exporting: aussieBum

30.05.2018 NSW Government

With just two per cent of small businesses currently exporting, Leichhardt underwear and swimwear company aussieBum says its time more had a crack. Company founder Sean Ashby says if it wasn’t for exporting his company wouldn’t be around – aussieBum is now selling worldwide, producing one million garments a year.

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The 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards Applications Now Open

The 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards Applications Now Open

29.05.2018 Kristina Koprivica

The Export Council of Australia (ECA), along with our principal partner the NSW Government, and our 2018 award partners, are pleased to announce that applications are now open for the 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards. The 56th annual awards were officially launched on Monday 21 May at the Sydney Start Up Hub.

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Latest Dynamic Export e-magazine is available now

Latest Dynamic Export e-magazine is available now

28.05.2018 Tim Michael

The digital revolution is here. It’s changing the way we live – and the way we do business. So why isn’t world trade moving with the times? Governments and regulators across the globe seem to be stuck in a time warp.

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Policy corner: Europe in focus and Chinese customs’ go-slow

Policy corner: Europe in focus and Chinese customs’ go-slow

28.05.2018 Heath Baker

At the ECA we’re continuously working to help you succeed in international business. The policy team here aims to help lower the cost and complexity of you doing business internationally. We do this by pushing the Australian Government to reduce regulations, improve its services, and expand access to international markets. We’re also here to help you with any queries about government policy.

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Five steps to protecting your IP when exporting

Five steps to protecting your IP when exporting

28.05.2018 Efic

A key part of exporting successfully is protecting your intellectual property (IP). While it would be easy to file IP registrations in every market, it’s an approach that is neither practical nor cost-effective for most Australian exporters.

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ECA Research Update: Q2 2018

ECA Research Update: Q2 2018

25.05.2018 Niels Strazdins

We have an exciting few months ahead as we look forward to the launch of two of the ECA’s flagship initiatives during the coming quarter, starting with the launch of our new Trade Barriers Register (TBR) next month and capping off with the results of our latest annual Australia’s International Business Survey (AIBS) over the winter. 

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3 Smart Money Moves to make when exporting

3 Smart Money Moves to make when exporting

24.05.2018 Chris Little

Budgeting strategically and building credit are just two critical steps for long-term financial success. Selling to clients in the same state, country, time zone and in the same language is hard enough. But exporting to foreign countries adds a whole new level of complexity to the mix such as currency fluctuation, shipping delays and non-payment. In fact, non-payment is one of the biggest fears for exporters. Fortunately (or unfortunately) you’re not alone. 80% of ultra-long overdue invoices that are greater than 120 days are uncollectable*.

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Australia welcomes more than nine million tourists

Australia welcomes more than nine million tourists

15.05.2018 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Australia welcomed a record 9.02 million international visitors in the year ending March 2018, an increase of 7.7 per cent on the last 12 months, according to figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics today.

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Join us for a free event in Newcastle on​ eCommerce and the online opportunity

Join us for a free event in Newcastle on​ eCommerce and the online opportunity

15.05.2018 Kristina Koprivica

The Export Council of Australia, the NSW Government and ANZ are bringing two hours of power to Newcastle on the eCommerce opportunity! Businesses of all shapes, sizes and locations are using eCommerce to engage customers all over the world. eCommerce strategies are being used increasingly to find new customers, manage transactions and deliver goods and services to every corner of the globe from wherever you want to be.

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2018 budget a positive for SME exporters… but there’s still a long way to go

2018 budget a positive for SME exporters… but there’s still a long way to go

08.05.2018 Heath Baker

Overall, this is positive budget for SME exporters. But it’s an incremental step forward, not a major leap. The government has rightly been a champion of trade and has trumpeted its achievements in signing FTAs, but if you want to grow trade, FTAs are only part of the answer. This budget goes some way to addressing SME exporters’ other needs—but there’s still more to be done.

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When does your good, trusted customer cross the other side and become a never-ending headache?

When does your good, trusted customer cross the other side and become a never-ending headache?

03.05.2018 Chris Little

Let me start by saying – not all customers are made equal. What I mean by this is that there are some customers who make exporting a breeze. They’re open and transparent; they pay on time and are responsive. They make consistent orders and in fact have expanded with your business. These guys are great but unfortunately, history tells us that this isn’t always reality.

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New guide for Australian fruit and vegetable exporters

New guide for Australian fruit and vegetable exporters

27.04.2018 The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

Australian fruit and vegetable exporters wanting to go global can now access advice on every step of the export journey in a single online guide. Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Steven Ciobo, and the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, David Littleproud, launched, ‘Fresh fruit and vegetable export requirements: A guide for Australian business’ a Turnbull Coalition Government initiative ensuring Australia’s horticulture producers have the necessary information to capitalise on the sizeable business opportunities on our doorstep.

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End of Financial Year Funding Available: Women’s Leadership Development

End of Financial Year Funding Available: Women’s Leadership Development

26.04.2018 Women and Leadership Australia

Women & Leadership Australia is administering a national initiative to support the development of female leaders across Australia’s international trade sector. The initiative is providing women with grants of between $3,000 and $8,000 to enable participation in a range of leadership development programs.

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