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Trade Talk, 10 December 2015

ChAFTA to enter into force on 20 December 2015

Minister Robb has announced that the historic China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will enter into force on 20 December. "This will deliver a very material early harvest for our exporters in the form of two rounds of annual tariff cuts in quick succession," said Minister Robb.

Media Release: China-Australia FTA Benefits Set to Flow From 20 December

Minister Robb announced as "Policy Maker of the Year"

Public Affairs Asia has named Minister Robb "Policy Maker of the Year" for his achievements with the China, Japan and South Korea free trade agreements. Minister Robb said "freer trade and more investment is a critical driver of growth and jobs and prosperity", which was the motivation behind the pursuit for these agreements.

Media Release: Free Trade focus makes Australian Minister "Policy Maker of the Year"

Australian companies to benefit from international 'Landing Pads'

Minister Robb has announced overseas hubs or 'Landing Pads' that will assist Australian companies in identifying and engaging in overseas opportunities. Two initial hubs will be set up in the US and Israel, with three more to be identified, and will foster innovation and entrepreneurialism to create jobs and build industries.

Media Release: Innovation Hubs to Foster Australian Enterprise

Call for content: Tourism Australia's new marine marketing campaign

Australia's extensive marine environment will be promoted in a new $40m global campaign by Tourism Australia. Tourism operators are invited to submit content for the campaign that will be showcased across platforms including print and digital. Industry will also able to access campaign assets for individual marketing efforts.

Media Release: All hands on deck for Tourism Australia's new marine marketing campaign

Australia's International Business Survey 2016 out now

The Export Council of Australia is inviting companies involved in international business to partake in their Australia's International Business Survey 2016. The survey includes questions on e-commerce, logistics and global value chains and survey results will be used to support the advancement of Australia's trade agenda.

ECA: Australia's International Business Survey 2016

New TV series has Great Barrier Reef as main star

Australia House in London recently held a pre-screening of a new documentary series filmed on the Great Barrier Reef and presented by David Attenborough. The release coincides with a new campaign that Tourism Australia will launch in early 2016 aimed at promoting Australia's aquatic and coastal experiences.

Tourism Australia: Great Barrier Reef to star in global TV series

Australia ranks as top travel destination

Australia has been touted as a top place to visit by a number of leading US travel publications. Travel + Leisure, Afar and Departures have ranked Australia as a top travel destination for 2016, referencing locations such as the Margaret River, Tasmania and the Great Barrier Reef.

Tourism Australia: US travel publications rate Australia top travel destination for 2016

Australia Post teams up with winemakers

A new pilot program will see Australia Post delivering Margaret River wine direct to consumers in China. By removing distributor costs, this means smaller wineries will have the chance to export. If successful, the program will expand to remaining wine regions across Australia and then look at other products.

ABC News: Pilot program aims to get Margaret River wine direct to consumers in China via popular trade website

Did you know…

China is Australia's third-largest export market for wine, worth $269m in 2014-15. Under ChAFTA, tariffs of 14 to 20% on Australian wine imports will be eliminated within 4 years.

Upcoming trade events

Inaugural Australia-US Business week

Minister Robb will lead an Australian business delegation for a series of high level trade, investment and tourism events in the US in 2016. The inaugural Australia-US Business week is a major initiative to increase Australia's business links with the world's largest economy. Businesses can register interest online.

Visit the DFAT trade website for more on Australian trade, including FTA updates, the latest trade statistics and the Trade Talk archives.

Trade Articles sourced from non-Australian Government sources do not necessarily reflect the views of the Australian Government.

Last Updated: 10 December 2015
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