Efic Amendment Bill 2016—2017 Inquiry
The Export Council of Australia (ECA) strongly supports amending the Efic Act to allow Efic to lend to Australian businesses engaged in export trade. This
amendment is not about supporting businesses to manufacture offshore. It is about allowing Efic to lend to a far wider range of Australian businesses,
including those with (or looking to establish) international sales and service offices, and those selling directly to consumers.
Foreign sales and service offices are becoming essential for SMEs involved in services, high-end manufacturing and/or technology. Selling directly to foreign consumers is also becoming increasingly important for Australia. Small businesses in particular need to scale-up to directly access overseas consumers via e-commerce, or benefit from the increase in tourism resulting from the growth of the Asian middle class.
Broadening its ability to lend will allow Efic’s product offering to be more in line with the needs of Australian exporters, and will support Australian jobs.
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"In 2014 Vekta Automation became involved in the Export Awards and started to get a better understanding about the role of the Export Council of Australia. After attending a seminar in Perth in February 2019 the decision was instantly made and we signed up the next day. A decision we should have made 5 years earlier. For Vekta, the information, expertise and networking opportunities that the ECA provides has been valuable. It is reassuring knowing that there are experienced and knowledgeable people we can turn to when advice is needed."
Established in 1970, Mavlab Animal Health Pty Ltd is a Queensland based, family-owned, GMP licenced manufacturer of veterinary pharmaceuticals and pet care products. Mavlab has an extensive range of prescription and over the counter products sold in a growing number of global markets. Contract manufacturing opportunities are also available.