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Queensland exporters acknowledged as export champions

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Leading export businesses have been announced at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards, which were held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre tonight (Thursday 19 October 2017).

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Leveraging Alibaba for Small Business

2017-10-19T00:00:00

Selling online gives businesses access to a whole world of new customers without many of the challenges, risks and expenses that often come with establishing a physical presence in a new market. To harness this opportunity, it is imperative that small businesses invest upfront in developing and equipping themselves with the necessary knowledge and skills to make informed business decisions.

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The cloudy contours of tomorrow’s Australia-UK relationship

2017-10-13T00:00:00

The future contours of the Australia-United Kingdom trade relationship are cloudier now than at any point during the post-Brexit referendum period, making it exceedingly difficult for businesses to plan for our future relationship.

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2017 Premier's NSW Export Awards Finalists Announced

2017-09-21T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 NSW Premier’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories & 7 state categories, the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.

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2017 Western Australian Industry and Export Awards Finalists Announced

2017-09-25T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia would like to congratulate those businesses nominated as finalists for the 2017 Western Australian Industry & Export Awards. The Premier of Western Australia, the Hon. Mark McGowan MLA, announced the finalists vying to be recognised for their excellence and contribution to the state, across 15 Export and 4 Industry award categories.

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Premier of Queensland's Export Award Finalists Announced

2017-09-08T00:00:00

The Export Council of Australia would like to congratulate the finalists announced for the 2017 Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards. As exporters from across the state compete for 12 industry categories the program celebrates business excellence in international trade.

“The QLD Export Awards are about rewarding businesses that have shown a commitment and determination to grow their global business and who, against adversity, seek new innovative ways to compete on the international stage,” said Lisa McAuley, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA). 

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Don’t let Buy Queensland sell Australia short

2017-08-04T00:00:00

“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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Clarification: ECA position on Home Affairs portfolio

2017-08-01T00:00:00

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

2017-07-18T00:00:00

‘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

2017-07-11T00:00:00

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

2017-07-03T00:00:00

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

2017-06-21T00:00:00

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

2017-06-02T00:00:00

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

2017-06-01T00:00:00

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

2017-05-30T00:00:00

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

2017-05-17T00:00:00

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

2017-05-22T00:00:00

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

2017-05-26T00:00:00

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

2017-05-24T00:00:00

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

2017-05-19T00:00:00

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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