The Australian Trade Commission (Austrade) plays a key role in promoting the country’s international trade, investment, education and tourism interests.

It helps Australian companies penetrate international markets by providing market information and insight, advice and services. Its step-by-step guide to exporting is especially invaluable to market-ready companies keen to expand overseas.

Austrade’s TradeStart network assists small and medium-sized exporters by offering them the combined resources of Austrade and its partner organisations.

Australian businesses wishing to broaden their knowledge of global trade and investment can access the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Trade and investment site, which covers major trading blocs, international trade agreements, current trade and investment topics, as well as country and region trade and economic fact sheets.

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Western Australia (CCIWA) assists businesses with support through networking events, training workshops and other services, such as providing information on trade opportunities and business contacts worldwide.

Western Australia’s Small Business Development Corporation (SBDC) covers benefits and risks involved, export strategies, market research, and taking a product to overseas markets.

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) promotes Australian industry in international markets. ECA members have access to a range of services and programs, including training, advisory, and support services.

The Australian Institute of Export, which is a member of the ECA, provides businesses with the skills and knowledge in export procedures and training courses in export documentation. These skills are vital even if a business outsources all or part of this function to freight forwarders. Its Australian Export Handbook is an essential tool for businesses, covering the export process, as well as current customs, IncoTerms®2010, banking procedures, insurance, shipping, air freight, and packaging.

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