Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt, will host a seminar in Shepparton on Wednesday to help local businesses make the most of Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

Business owners will be given the chance to hear first-hand how FTAs can help them succeed in international markets, and are invited to attend the seminar on Wednesday 7 December at Best Western Plus—The Carrington at 505 Wyndham Street, Shepparton.

“Greater Shepparton, situated in the heart of the Goulburn Valley, is home to a significant amount of agricultural production, for both domestic consumption and export,” Mr Pitt said.

“Related industries, like food processing, manufacturing and transport are also thriving in Greater Shepparton, including several of Australia's major food processing companies.

“The Australian Government has secured unprecedented preferential market access to more than a billion potential customers for Australian goods and services through our free-trade agreements with Korea, Japan and China.

“The FTAs are providing Greater Shepparton and wider Australian exporters with a competitive edge into some of the world’s most dynamic economies, and lay the foundations for stronger flows of two-way investment.”

Federal Member for Murray, Damian Drum MP, who will also attend the seminar, said the FTA seminar would provide important information for local business owners of all sizes to learn how they can benefit from Australia’s free trade agreements.

“The free trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan provide a fantastic opportunity for businesses in our region,” Mr Drum said.

“Having a thorough understanding of how best to do this is very important for businesses to fully capitalise on these FTAs.

“There has been strong interest in the seminar already, which will include speakers such as Andrew McPherson, CEO of McPherson Wines, Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as representatives from Efic, Ausindustry and Austrade.”

The seminar, relevant to all industries, will run from 8.30am to 11.30am. Attendees can register at www.austrade.gov.au/ftaseminars or find out more by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78 or info@austrade.gov.au.

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