Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Keith Pitt and Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz will host a seminar in Hobart on Friday, 3 February to explain how local businesses can make the most of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China.

Small-to-medium-sized businesses are invited to the free information event at Hadley’s Orient Hotel, 34 Murray Street, Hobart, from 9am to 11.30am.

Attendees will hear directly from Australian Government representatives as well as special guest speaker Anthony Woollams, General Manager of the Richmond-based Nocton Vineyard, who will share lessons from the company’s experience exporting wines to North Asia.

“The wins for bottled wine producers are substantial under all three FTAs, and there is terrific potential for businesses in other industries too,” Mr Pitt said.

“A whole range of Australian products receive preferential access to more than a billion potential customers in North Asia, thanks to provisions negotiated by the Australian Government.

“Tasmanian goods and services now have a competitive advantage when it comes to selling to the region’s major players—Japan, Korea and China ­– and the state’s economy stands to reap huge benefits. I encourage all local business in all industries to come along and find out how these agreements can work for them.”

Senator Abetz said the Government’s free trade focus was a win for Tasmanian business.

“The new Free Trade Agreements with Japan, Korea and China are already seeing more Tasmanian exports and I encourage local businesses who are thinking of expanding and exporting their products to come along to this information session,” Senator Abetz said.

“Our FTAs are helping to create more Tasmanian jobs and to boost Tasmanian business. I am pleased that the Minister is personally coming to Tasmania to help local businesses expand into new markets.”

Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, TradeStart and AusIndustry.

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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