Trade Policy Submissions


Export Council Feedback to the Department of Industry on the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Department of Industry’s new Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme (the Programme). 

ECA is a not-for-profit, membership based organisation and the peak industry body representing Australia’s exporters and importers. With a membership base of 1,000 and a reach of 15,000, the ECA represents companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries. The ECA’s activities range from skills development to events, research and advocacy. 

The ECA supports the aim of the department to deliver services for businesses as an integrated product suite and is very interested in the Entrepreneurs Infrastructure Programme. The ECA believes we could add value to the Programme in the following areas...

To read the full submission, please click here.



Submission to Inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East 


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) is pleased to have the opportunity to put forward a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in relation to the Inquiry into Australia's trade and investment relationships with countries of the Middle East. ("Inquiry").

A not-for-profit, membership based organisation, the ECA represents exporters and importers of all sizes and across a broad range of industry sectors. As trade is a key driver of jobs, innovation and long term prosperity, the ECA strongly supports this inquiry and hopes it will lead to deeper trade and investment relations with the Middle East. 

This submission addresses items a, c and e of the five terms of reference of the Inquiry  in varying levels of detail based on existing data and information gathered by the ECA’s exporter network. 

To read the full submission, please click here.



Submission on the Trans-Pacific Partnership


The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission and provide comment on Australia’s negotiations on the TPP Agreement. 

The ECA makes this submission directly on behalf of its members, and indirectly on behalf of the international trade community, in support of the TPP negotiations. The ECA is a not-for-profit, membership based organisation and the peak industry body representing Australia’s exporters and importers. With a membership base of 1,000 and a reach of 15,000, the ECA represents companies of all sizes and across a wide range of industries. 
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As a strong advocate for free trade, the ECA supports the TPP negotiations, with the hope that they produce a high quality, comprehensive agreement. There are currently 12 parties negotiating the Agreement, including Japan, the United States, Singapore, New Zealand and Malaysia, which are five of Australia’s top ten trading partners according to ABS statistics. AIBS 2014 results reinforce the importance of these markets to Australian companies with respondents nominating the United States as the top current export market, while New Zealand came in third, Japan fifth, Singapore sixth and Malaysia eighth. 

To read the full the submission, please click here.



Submission on the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement


Export Council of Australia submission to Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry on the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement ("KAFTA").

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) welcomes the opportunity to provide input into the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee Inquiry in its review of KAFTA. This submission to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee is being made on behalf of the ECA’s members and the broader export community...The ECA supports international agreements that serve to further liberalise trade between Australia and the rest of the world. Trade is key driver of jobs, innovation and long term prosperity for Australia and the ECA would therefore like to encourage the Australian Government and the Parliament to act swiftly to ensure that the agreement is passed into law as soon as practicable.

To read the full submission, please click here. 

Export Council of Australia Submission on the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Korea (KAFTA) for the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties

The ECA is grateful for the opportunity to provide a submission to the inquiry into KAFTA by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. Given Korea’s importance to Australia on both a trade and diplomatic level, the ECA strongly supports KAFTA and the early entry into force of KAFTA  Without limiting the generality of this support, the ECA would wish to highlight the following specific elements which support the endorsement of KAFTA and its early adoption by Australia.

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Submission on WTO Agreement on Trade in Environmental Goods

The ECA makes this submission directly on behalf of its members, and indirectly on behalf of the international trade community, in support of Australia’s involvement in the Environmental Goods Negotiations and the ambition to promote free trade in environmental products. The ECA notes from the information provided by DFAT that in 2013, Australia’s exports of environmental goods were valued at approximately A$1.3 billion and imports at approximately A$7.2 billion. The ECA also notes that the global market for environmental goods was estimated at US$1 trillion in 2012, with this figure expected to increase to approximately US$3 trillion in 2020. As a result, the ECA recognises that the potential gains to Australian businesses from trade in environmental goods are significant.

The ECA is also of the view that engagement in negotiations regarding the EGA is consistent with other Australian initiatives in dealing with the environment such as the passage of the Illegal Logging Prohibition Act 2012 and the inclusion of chapters on environmental issues in recent Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)...

To read the full submission, please click here.



Submission on Trade and Services Agreement Negotiations 

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) a not-for-profit, membership based organisation and the peak industry body representing Australia’s exporters and importers. With a membership base of 1,000 and a reach of 15,000, the ECA represents companies of all sizes and across a wide range of sectors, including services. 

The ECA makes this submission directly on behalf of its members, and indirectly on behalf of the international trade community, in support of the TiSA negotiations. Moreover, the ECA strongly supports Australia’s chairmanship at the upcoming negotiating round in Geneva. It is hoped that the momentum will be maintained, resulting in significant progress, particularly in the areas of financial and other professional services, domestic regulation, telecommunications and e-commerce, maritime services and market access.

To read the full submission, please click here.


Letter of Support for the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) makes this submission directly on behalf of its members, and indirectly on behalf of the international trade community, in support of Australia’s accession to the WTO Agreement on Government Procurement (GPA).

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Positioning Statement on the Export Legislation Amendment Bill 2014


The Federal Government is proposing amendments to the Collection Act (the Collection Act allows the Department of Agriculture to collect charges for regulatory services carried out under the Export Control Act. The Department of Agriculture has no legislative power to collect relevant changes for regulatory services unless the good is listed in the Collection Act) and the three Imposition Acts (the Imposition Act imposes the charges that can be collected from exporters for services carried out)  together with corresponding amendments to delegated legislation. These are part of a package of four Bills in relation to charges for certain export services.  The amendments in the Bills  are designed to enable the Department of Agriculture to recover the costs for the provision of export services, which are approximately $1.9 Billion per annum.

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Letter of Support for the Timely Implementation of the WTO Bali Package

The Export Council of Australia (ECA) wishes to make this submission directly on behalf of its members, and indirectly on behalf of the international trade community generally, to encourage the Australian Government to move swiftly to implement the decisions and agreements reached at the WTO Ninth Ministerial Conference (MC9) in Bali in December 2013.

A not-for-profit organization with a membership base of 1,000 and a reach of 15,000, the ECA represents exporters and importers of all sizes and across a wide range of industry sectors. As trade is a key driver of jobs, innovation and long term prosperity, the ECA strongly supports the  Bali Package, which is estimated to add $US 1 trillion to global GDP and more than 20 million jobs—and which will also provide benefits for Australian exporters (especially SME exporters).

To read the complete letter, please click here.



Rural and Regional Committee of the Parliament of Victoria inquiry into the opportunities for increasing exports of goods and services from regional Victoria


An Inquiry by the cross-party Rural and Regional Committee will investigate how the Victorian Government can support regional businesses in their export endeavours. 
 
The Inquiry will report to the Parliament after an investigation and assessment of factors including: 

(a) Identifying the volume of Victorian agriculture, manufacturing and service industry exports to overseas markets originating in Victoria 
(b) Regional Victoria’s competitive advantages in meeting the demands of world markets 
(c) Innovative approaches to exporting 
(d) Impediments and barriers for regional exporters 
(e) The role of government in supporting export for regional businesses.

Click here to download the Export Council's submission.




Submission on the draft INS Regulations and draft Infringement Notice Scheme Guide

I [Andrew Hudson] have been requested to make the following submission on behalf of the Export Council of Australia ("Council") in response to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Notice No. 2013/52 relating to the release of the exposure draft of the Customs Amendment (Infringement Notices) Regulation 2013 ("Draft Regulations") and associated draft Infringement Notice Scheme Guide ("Draft Guide").

In summary, the Council has a number of concerns in relation to the changes to the Customs Act 1901 ("Customs Act") and the Infringement Notice Scheme ("INS") as a result of the Customs and AusCheck Legislation Amendment (Organised Crime and Other Measures) Act 2013 ("the Act"). The Council asks that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service ("Customs") address the following concerns when finalising the Draft Regulations and Draft Guide:

Please click here to download the Submission.




Trade Policy Recommendations to Government 2013/14

The Export Council of Australia has compiled their Trade Policy Recommendations for Government for 2013/14. These recommendations highlight the importance of trade to the Australian economy and the dire need for Government to address the impediments to trade which are hindering Australian business’ ability to compete internationally.

The purpose of the statement is to demonstrate that trade is a key driver of jobs, innovation and long term prosperity for Australia and, therefore, trade considerations need to be central in determining Australia’s domestic economic policy settings. The document demonstrates the need for the Government to review its Trade Policy direction in order to reduce the potential for market failure. The following five key issues form the core of this paper: 

Competitiveness: Highest on the agenda is the need for Australia to successfully compete in a rapidly evolving global market place – Being competitive is a must, not an option

Infrastructure: The need to address Australia’s ageing commercial soft and hard infrastructure – It’s time for an innovative approach

Trade Promotion: The need for significantly greater investment in cohesive trade promotion and research with a nationally driven agenda – The more we put in, the more we get out 

Bipartisan Collaboration: Ensuring greater bipartisan collaboration between political parties and Government Agencies (especially DFAT, Austrade and EFIC), and between Government and Industry, focusing on long term sustainable strategies - Team Australia is the only way!

International Engagement: Maintaining Australia’s strong high level multi-lateral participation, strengthening existing bi-lateral trade agreements, expediting new bi-lateral arrangements and importantly instilling a deeper trade culture in DFAT – If New Zealand can do it why can’t we?

To access the ECA’s Trade Policy Recommendations, please click here.




Productivity Commission into Australia's Export Credit Arrangements

The Productivity Commission (PC) is conducting a review into Australia’s Export Credit Arrangements. The Export Council of Australia has submitted the following submission papers in response to the Productivity Commission Draft Report.

Click here to download the response to the draft report >

Click here to download the first submission into the review on Australia's Export Credit Arrangements >

For further information regarding the letters of support and submissions, please visit the EFIC website

 


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