Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt and Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, and Member for Cowper, Luke Hartsuyker will jointly host a seminar in Port Macquarie on Monday to help local businesses understand how Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China can benefit them.

Business representatives will hear first-hand how these FTAs are helping local wine producer Cassegrain Wines succeed in international markets, with tariffs on wine products under the three agreements either already reduced, or progressively reducing, to zero percent.  

The seminar will be held at Panthers Port Macquarie, 1 Bay Street, Port Macquarie from 10am to 12.30pm on Monday 16 January 2017.

“The wins for wine products are substantial under all three North Asia FTAs—and that’s just one example,” Mr Pitt said.

“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.

“The FTAs are providing Australian exporters with a competitive edge into some of the world’s most dynamic economies, so I encourage Port Macquarie businesses to attend the seminar.”

Mr Hartsuyker said the free trade agreements with China, Korea and Japan provide significant new opportunities for businesses in the region.

“Having a thorough understanding of how best to fully capitalise on the FTAs is integral for businesses in all industries who are currently exporting, or looking to export, their goods or services into the major economies of North East Asia,” he said.

“There is strong interest in the seminar already which includes speakers such as Michael Growder, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as representatives from Austrade and TradeStart.”

The seminar is relevant to all industries.

In addition to the seminar, Charles Sturt University’s Centre for Customs and Excise Studies plans to hold a North Asia FTA Agribusiness Workshop in Port Macquarie on 15 February, while the Australia China Business Council (ACBC) will run a training program on the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) on 23 March.

These sessions are made possible through the FTA Training Provider Grant program which provides funding to organisations to run training to assist small to medium-sized enterprises in moving beyond general FTA awareness.

Organisations can gain the technical knowledge required to take advantage of the North Asia agreements through this training.

Attendees can register for the seminar and find out more about the additional training opportunities at www.austrade.gov.au/ftaseminars or by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78 or info@austrade.gov.au.

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