Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Keith Pitt will host a seminar in Sydney on Friday 3 March to help local businesses make the most of Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China.

Businesses are invited to the free information seminar at the Prince Henry Centre in Little Bay, from 9am to 11.30am.

Attendees will hear directly from Australian Government representatives as well as special guest speaker David Jack, Export Development Manager at local mattress and bedding manufacturer A.H. Beard. Mr Jack will share lessons from the company's experience exporting to North Asia.

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

"Our North Asia FTAs create new possibilities for exporters while delivering jobs and growth here in Australia.

"Australian mattress and pillow exporters have enjoyed big wins, with tariffs on spring and latex mattresses and pillows being immediately eliminated under our agreements with Japan and Korea, and progressively reducing to zero on 1 January 2019 for exports to China.

"I strongly encourage small and medium-sized business owners in Sydney to attend this FTA seminar and hear first-hand how they can make the most of these landmark agreements.

"The Australian Government is determined to support Australian exporters through these important seminars, which have already helped almost 3,000 SMEs improve their understanding and take advantage of the opportunities under Australia's FTAs with Korea, Japan and China."

The FTAs that Australia has secured with these three significant North Asian markets bring increased market access to some of the world's most dynamic economies, and lay the foundation for stronger flows of two-way investment.

Austrade has delivered almost 70 FTA seminars across Australia – including recent events in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Maryborough, Toowoomba, Hobart, Kununurra and Darwin – and further seminar locations will be announced shortly.

Attendees can register for free FTA seminars, which are relevant to all industries, at http://www.austrade.gov.au/ftaseminars or find out more by contacting Austrade (13 28 78 or info@austrade.gov.au).

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