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Trade Policy Recommendations 2021


Australian exporters are facing challenges that are unprecedented in scale and coming from multiple fronts.
Covid-19 might soon be under control with the roll-out of vaccines, but global supply chain conditions will remain difficult in the immediate term. Other issues might prove even more problematic for exporters, including as a result of geo-economic competition and application of border taxes to address climate change.
In its Trade Policy Recommendations 2021 paper, the Export Council of Australia discusses these and other key international trade issues.

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Exporters must pivot to new markets


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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Study into the experience of Australian firms enforcing their intellectual property rights in Asia


To better understand the risks that business’ face, we reached out to Australian exporters about their experience with enforcing their brands, inventions, and designs in Asia. 125 survey responses from Australians operating in or trading with South East Asian countries and China showed 48 per cent did not engage with government services to access information on IP. We also found most exporters surveyed did not register their IP before going overseas.

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Indigenous Exporters Part of Australia’s Economic Recovery


Indigenous businesses can grow much more and make even more significant contribution to the Australian economy, including by engaging in international trade and expanding their markets overseas. They just need some extra capacity-building, supportive networks and a conducive trading environment. Recognising this potential, the Export Council of Australia (ECA) and the Indigenous Network for Investment Trade and Export (IGNITE) have formed a strategic partnership.

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Resilient Supply Chains May Depend on Trade Single Window


Ongoing restrictions to contain Covid-19 and adverse competition between major trading economies are pushing Australian businesses to reconsider their global supply chain strategies.As they contemplate alternative operational locations and new sources of supply, they are looking to Government for supportive policies and programs. The Export Council of Australia therefore welcomes the 2020-21 Budget allocation of $28.6 million to implement a simplified trade system.

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Economic Recovery Requires Export Focus [Budget 2020-21]


This Budget mostly delivers the right ingredients for SMEs to keep functioning in the short-term, the next phase will be to ensure they become competitive and successful in the global context. Exports make a significant contribution to the Australian economy, generally representing more than 20% of Australia’s GDP, but they have been impacted by Covid-19.

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Economic recovery will require leadership in trade


As the voice for Australian exporters, the Export Council of Australia calls on the Australian Government to take immediate action to develop and implement a comprehensive and practical trade-led economic recovery package.  We recognise the challenges and constraints faced by the Government but, now more than ever, they need to lead here and internationally.

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Export Council of Australia Partner with Gandhi Creations to Create New Opportunities to Position Australian Businesses on a Global Context


Across several national projects and initiatives, the Export Council of Australia (ECA) will be partnering with NSW based multi-award-winning social enterprise, Gandhi Creations, to further enhance bilateral trade relationships between Australia and nations across the globe.

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Trade Barriers Register Media Release


Red tape, unnecessary technical regulations, opaque standards and discriminatory practices hurt Australian exporters’ ability to compete in global markets. The process for identifying and managing such challenges can be unclear—both domestically and internationally. That’s why today the Export Council of Australia, Food Innovation Australia Limited and the Industry Growth Centres are launching the Trade Barriers Register. The register has been developed by industry, for industry, to help give visibility to and resolve trade barriers affecting Australian businesses

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Winners announced at 2018 Premier's NSW Export Awards


Nineteen New South Wales businesses have been recognised and celebrated for their outstanding success and contribution to the state’s trade output at the Premier’s New South Wales Export Awards which were held at the Star last night (Wednesday 24 October 2018).

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Bipartisan trade condition essential for Australia's prosperity


A bipartisan commitment to open trade and investment is one of the key reasons Australia is in its record 27th year of consecutive annual economic growth. When the Senate considers the TPP-11 next week, Parliament has an opportunity to send a clear signal to the country and the world that, in the face of growing protectionism around the world, Australia retains its bipartisan commitment to global leadership in international trade.

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Outstanding Queensland Businesses Win Export Awards


Sixteen Queensland businesses have been recognised and celebrated for their outstanding success and contribution to the state’s trade output at the Premier of Queensland’s Export Awards which were held at the Hilton Brisbane last night (Thursday 11 October 2018).

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WTO government procurement agreement is all upside for Australian businesses


‘Access to foreign markets is extremely important for businesses that provide goods and services to governments’ said Alina Bain, CEO of the Export Council of Australia (ECA).The ECA welcomes the news that Australia has received support to join the World Trade Organisation’s Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).

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The 2018 Premier’s NSW Export Awards Applications Now Open


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


‘Overall, this is positive budget for SME exporters’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘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’, said Mr Baker. ‘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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ECA launches Australia’s International Business Survey 2018


“AIBS 2018 will continue to build on the foundation we have established over the last four years and drive new insights into the international perspectives and outlooks of Australian businesses,” ECA CEO Alina Bain said.

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TPP-11: The symbolism is strong, the economics are even stronger


‘Signing the TPP-11 could not come at a more important time’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘It shows that despite the protectionism coming out of the US, there is still momentum to increasing shared prosperity through freer trade.’ The ECA welcomes the signing of the TPP-11 (Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, also known as the CPTPP).

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In a trade war, retaliating with tariffs is just shooting yourself in the foot


The biggest losers from the US’s steel and aluminium tariffs aren’t other countries that export to the US, the biggest losers are Americans’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA).

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FTA debate overlooks the big picture—there are not enough SMEs exporting


‘Australia is having the wrong debate about trade’ said Heath Baker, head of policy at the Export Council of Australia (ECA). ‘Trade agreements, like the TPP-11, are only as good as the companies using them. If we’re serious about boosting economic growth through trade, then trade agreements are only part of the answer. The priority must be to address the lack of SMEs in export.’

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Appointment of new CEO


Export Council of Australia (ECA), the peak body representing the promotion of Australian industry in international markets as our primary goal has today announced the appointment of Ms. Alina Bain as the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation.

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