The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies has recently completed a training program to help small and medium sized agribusiness companies, access and utilise Australia’s Free Trade Agreements with China, Japan and Korea. The six week blended learning program comprised online forums, mentoring, tailored advice and workshops at Charles Sturt University campuses in Wagga Wagga, Bathurst, Port Macquarie and Canberra.
The Program concentrated on raising market awareness, providing technical training on the regulatory requirements to enter each market and advice to companies on how to best to manage their supply chains, so that maximum value is returned to the producer. Specific issues addressed included
- raising the awareness of the new market opportunities in China, Japan and Korea, three of Australia’s largest agricultural export markets. This would include addressing issues such as market selection, market trends, export promotion and development so that producers are export ready
- highlighting the technical aspects of these agreements (e.g. HS Tariff codes, valuation, rules of origin, customs declarations and procedures, Authorised Economic Operator Schemes ) so that producers remove any legal or regulatory impediments to the sale of their goods or services
- educating producers on transport and logistics issues that must be addressed to successfully get product to market. Importantly this will include information on successful supply chain management strategies and techniques; how best to use freight forwarders and customs agents.
This Activity received funding from Austrade as part of the Free Trade Agreement Training Provider Grant Program.
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