Exporter Resources

Getting started in export

For first timers in export, the following seven steps explain the export cycle; from promoting and marketing a product or service through to final delivery and payment.



TradeStart is an Australian Government initiative that delivers Austrade services through local public sector and industry organisations throughout Australia. TradeStart Partners employ Advisers who are well versed in the needs of exporters and skilled in matters of international trade. These TradeStart Advisers have access to Austrade’s worldwide resources and systems.


Export Pricing

There are many costs incurred in an export transaction, which are not applicable to domestic sales. It is recommended that a costing sheet is prepared to ensure that all cost items relevant to the export transaction are itemised and included. This will ensure that a correct quotation can be prepared accurately and quickly.


Exporter Grant Services

The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance program for aspiring and current exporters. Administered by Austrade, the scheme supports a wide range of industry sectors and products, including inbound tourism and the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia.



The international business environment today means that exporters have to watch every margin cent in order to maintain a healthy business. Effective Management of the supply chain has never been more important. The Export Council of Australia is acutely aware of the issues and challenges facing exporters. To effectively address this the ECA works closely with the Australian Logistics Council, Australia's peak Freight and logistics body. The ALC is focused on two key aspects of F&G namely infrastructure and regulation two primary drivers of cost in the supply chain. With ALC as a key ally ECA is able to participate in high level debate, research and provide input to policy. The collectively influence of these bodies is high meaning that export related issues get to the right people increasing the potential for the flow of positive outcomes.


Market Research

The most successful exporters start market research and marketing functions before entering a foreign market. Some of the key issues to consider include:


Export Assistance

A complete list of federal government and state government agencies that provide support to Australian exporters.


Managing Risk

If your business is new to international trade, it is important to assess and plan for the different risks you will face. This guide outlines the key risks you should consider and the available insurance and financing options.


Export Payment & Risk Management

A key concern in any export transaction is to ensure the seller gets paid and the buyer receives their goods. The banking system provides a complete mechanism for settling trade transactions.


Export Finance Navigator

Export Finance Navigator is an online tool to help Australian small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) which are exporting or investing overseas to understand the export finance options that are available to them.


Foreign Exchange

One of the major risks that an exporter faces is fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. Currency variations can quickly have a significant impact on your bottom line and, in extreme cases, even threaten a company’s survival.


Trade Glossary

A guide to using the most common terms in shopping, insurance and overseas commercial terms.


Become A Member

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