Is the potential introduction of a proposed new Low Value Import Levy sending mixed messages?

Is the potential introduction of a proposed new Low Value Import Levy sending mixed messages?

26.03.2018 Lisa McAuley

The news that the Department of Home Affairs is planning to introduce a new tax on parcels posted from overseas, under a federal government plan to cover security screening costs, might be seen as a NTM.

One has to ask whether the time is right for Australia to be looking to introduce measures domestically that could be perceived as new taxes on imports. And should this levy be seen as a tax, it could well result in retaliatory measures that would impact on e-commerce opportunities for Australian companies overseas. We acknowledge the importance of increased security and screening and the importance of robust security, but we would like to see whether there is a different way that this could be funded so it does not hurt consumers and business, who will ultimately bear the cost.

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Take your Business Global with Ross Greenwood

Take your Business Global with Ross Greenwood

01.03.2018 Lisa McAuley

Are you exploring opportunities to expand your business into global markets? If the answer is yes, this could be your chance!

OFX (previously OzForex), in partnership with 2GB are offering one lucky business a money-can’t- buy opportunity to use some of Australia’s most prestigious global business leaders as their personal business coach at an intimate 2-hour workshop held in Sydney CBD at OFX HQ.

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ASEAN- Australia Business Summit 2018

ASEAN- Australia Business Summit 2018

12.02.2018 Lisa McAuley

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s fastest growing regions, and Australian businesses are perfectly placed to make the most of the tremendous opportunities the ASEAN market offers.

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Lanzan una red global para certificar expertos en comercio

Lanzan una red global para certificar expertos en comercio

16.01.2018 Lisa McAuley

Una suerte de norma de calidad para los operadores del comercio internacional. Esa podría ser una de las definiciones de Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), la organización que el Ministro de Comercio, Turismo e Inversiones de Australia, Hon Steven Ciobo MP, y la CEO de Export Council of Australia, Lisa McAuley, presentaron en Buenos Aires en coincidencia con la XI Ministerial de la OMC.

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GSF2018 & ICHCA International Conference & MegaTrans Exhibition

GSF2018 & ICHCA International Conference & MegaTrans Exhibition

09.01.2018 Lisa McAuley

GTPA is pleased to partner with Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA), the Australian Peak Shippers Association (APSA) to support Australia for the first time to host the ICHCA Australia Global Shippers Forum (GSF) and International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) annual conference and exhibition.

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GTPA: Successful Launch, and Now the Work Begins!

GTPA: Successful Launch, and Now the Work Begins!

09.01.2018 Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, President

Happy New Year and all very best wishes to you and yours from the ITAC and the GTPA Team, and here’s hoping that all who celebrated over the past weeks have had an enjoyable Holiday Season!

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The Power Of Digital Services For Consumers

The Power Of Digital Services For Consumers

03.01.2018 Deborah Elms

Arachova, Greece: There is perhaps no spot better for reflecting on the power of digital services for consumers than the literal side of a cliff in Arachova, Greece. I’m sitting on the side of a church building, the Temple of Theotokos, that has been perched in this setting, tumbling down the mountainside to the sea, for probably thousands of years.

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Global Trade Professionals Alliance launches new eCommerce and Digital Services Working Committee

Global Trade Professionals Alliance launches new eCommerce and Digital Services Working Committee

31.12.2017 Lisa McAuley

Following the establishment of a work program to set rules for digital trade at the 11th World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) Ministerial Conference (MC11) in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the importance that the GTPA believes in implementing basic standards for digital trade in areas like consumer protection and electronic contracts the GTPA is now pleased to announce that in the New Year it will establish a new working committee to look at developing a new specialisation under the Global Trade Professionals Programme to recognise experts in the field of eCommerce and digital services.

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Largest survey into the behaviour of Australia’s international businesses highlights that our growing network of free trade agreements (FTAs) is having a positive impact on Australian trade

Largest survey into the behaviour of Australia’s international businesses highlights that our growing network of free trade agreements (FTAs) is having a positive impact on Australian trade

14.12.2017 Lisa McAuley

The results of Australia’s International Business Survey 2017 (AIBS 2017), the fourth in a series of studies of Australia's international business activity, are now available and highlight the positive impact that Australia’s growing network of free trade agreements (FTAs) are having on Australian trade.

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Global Trade Professionals Alliance Launch

Global Trade Professionals Alliance Launch

10.12.2017 Lisa McAuley

You are cordially invited to join us for the official launch of the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA), the global umbrella organisation driving professional certification in all dimensions of international trade, that will evolve into the premier trusted network of trade experts in the world.

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TPP11: Unpacking The Suspended Provisions

TPP11: Unpacking The Suspended Provisions

10.12.2017 Deborah Elms

It turns out that there are a surprising number of individuals interested in the specific details of the TPP11 revisions. To satisfy the curious, this is a longer than usual blog post. It also appears here as a much prettier Policy Brief. To see how your firm should prepare now for the arrival of TPP11, click here.

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​I am excited to join the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) as Board Director

​I am excited to join the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) as Board Director

08.12.2017 Phillipa Dawson

I am excited to join the Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) as Board Director. The vision behind the GTPA could not be presented to the international community at a more perfect, even critically important, moment in time when significant global drivers are shaping international trade, including shifting demographics, technological innovation, and the growth of new trade routes.

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International engagement, rules-based, fair and freer trade are being challenged today on the basis of narrow self-interest, ill-informed discourse and outright disregard for the facts

International engagement, rules-based, fair and freer trade are being challenged today on the basis of narrow self-interest, ill-informed discourse and outright disregard for the facts

08.12.2017 Alexander R. Malaket, CITP, CTFP, President

International engagement, rules-based, fair and freer trade are being challenged today on the basis of narrow self-interest, ill-informed discourse and outright disregard for the facts. Which is why an organisation that can play an important role in raising, substantially, the quality of the discussion around trade, the quality of the conduct of trade around the world, and the wider positive impact of trade on development, poverty-reduction and economic inclusion is so important.

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TPP11 And RCEP Compared: A Side-By-Side Update

TPP11 And RCEP Compared: A Side-By-Side Update

27.11.2017 Deborah Elms

November 2017: This is an updated version of an earlier post on Talking Trade, modified to reflect the TPP11 changes and the expansion of the agenda in RCEP. However, because RCEP, especially, remains under negotiation, the assessment should be viewed with some caution. For further discussion on how you can use or influence these agreements, please see us soon at the Asian Trade Centre.

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CPTPP Or TPP11 For Trade Nerds

CPTPP Or TPP11 For Trade Nerds

11.11.2017 Deborah Elms

Broken down, the new elements are the inclusion of the suspended bits (discussed more below), the revised entry into force (necessary after the US pulled out), a new section on withdrawal (the necessity of which was made crystal clear after the US pulled out), a new section on accession (since the old one was too vague anyway), a potentially interesting article 6 that seems to review the whole agreement in the future, and article 7 that copies across all of the original commitments and texts from TPP12.

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It's Alive And Kicking: Preparing For TPP11 In 2018

It's Alive And Kicking: Preparing For TPP11 In 2018

11.11.2017 Deborah Elms

Proving once again that good ideas cannot be killed, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is ready to move into force as soon as next year. Companies had largely given up on the TPP after the withdrawal of the United States. Now firms will need to scramble to figure out how the agreement matters to their business and what steps they should take to maximize the opportunities and minimize the risks arising from the most important trade agreement in decades.

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Foiled Again: China Fails To Gain Market Economy Status In The US

Foiled Again: China Fails To Gain Market Economy Status In The US

01.11.2017 Deborah Elms

On the eve of US President Donald Trump’s visit to China, the trade waters have been stirred up further by a pair of rulings issued by the US Department of Commerce late on Friday, October 27. In a 205-page memo, Commerce officials argued that China remains a non-market economy (NME) because “it does not operate sufficiently on market principles to permit the use of Chinese prices and costs for the purposes of the Department’s antidumping analysis.”

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