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 Coffs Harbour on Tuesday to help local businesses understand how Australia’s free trade agreements (FTAs) with Korea, Japan and China can benefit them.

The seminar will be held at the C.ex Coffs (Rainbow Room), 1 Vernon Street, Coffs Harbour, from 7.30am to 10am on Tuesday 17 January 2017.

Business representatives will hear first-hand how these FTAs are helping local producer Norco to export thousands of litres of milk products to China and Japan, with tariffs on milk products either already reduced, or progressively reducing, to zero percent.  

“The wins for the dairy industry are substantial under all three North Asia FTAs—and that’s just
one of the many examples,” 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 businesses in Coffs Harbour and surrounds to attend the seminar,” Mr Pitt said.

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 across 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 has been 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,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

The seminar is relevant to all industries. Participants will also hear from macadamia muesli producer Brookfarm who, along with Norco, will highlight how the FTAs have boosted their business and how to gain the benefits of these North Asian FTAs.

Attendees can register at or find out more by contacting Austrade on 13 28 78 or

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