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GTPA congratulates the Morrison Government and the Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham for this morning announcing a boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses

GTPA congratulates the Morrison Government and the Federal Trade and Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham for this morning announcing a boost to support Australian exporters and tourism businesses

01.04.2020 Lisa McAuley

The Morrison Government will inject an extra $49.8 million into the Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) program in the 2019-20 financial year, allowing exporters and tourism businesses to get additional reimbursements for costs incurred in marketing their products and services around the world.

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We will continue to support initiatives that can protect our very important creative industries sectors who are majorly impacted by this current environment

We will continue to support initiatives that can protect our very important creative industries sectors who are majorly impacted by this current environment

01.04.2020 Lisa McAuley

In the interest of keeping the arts (particularly music) alive and kicking in these tough times, our Director for Africa and Asia, Ms Collins Rex would like to share the details of an amazing artist who’s streaming three live concerts to three cities in one day this weekend. The concert isn’t free, but US$12 is a small price to pay for music of this calibre.

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Proactive supplier communication is critical in this pandemic

Proactive supplier communication is critical in this pandemic

30.03.2020 Robert Handfield

As the coronavirus epidemic shuts down the global economy, supply chain executives should be taking steps now to ensure that their supply base remains intact in the face of massive disruption. This was certainly the case in the 2008 Great Recession. We recently published a paper that demonstrates empirically that over the period of the major financial crisis, supply managers who regularly assess and develop an understanding of their key suppliers’ working capital conditions are more likely to re-negotiate contracts that revise payment terms, leading to improved supplier working capital and fewer supply chain disruptions. The data was collected smack dab in the middle of the crisis, so we were able to capture what was happening in supply managers’ minds during this period. Right now, shipments have stopped, payments have stopped, and people are being laid off. Taking steps now to avoid future pain when the supply chain starts up is critical to ensure that suppliers survive this massive disruption, and are able to start back up again.

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Global Fund Supports

Global Fund Supports

27.03.2020 Collins Rex

Times are tough in this COVID-19 world. As more and more businesses are forced to shut down or suspend operations, more people are facing an uncertain future without regular work. But every dark cloud has a silver lining and many Governments, Federal, State and Local are stepping up. If you need work, or assistance of another kind, remember that you’re not alone.

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Competition Regulator Authorises Airlines to Coordinate to Maintain Regional Routes

Competition Regulator Authorises Airlines to Coordinate to Maintain Regional Routes

27.03.2020 Tomás Quesada

Amidst the difficulties that airlines are experiencing with travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced today that it had granted an interim authorisation to Regional Express (Rex) “to coordinate flight schedules with Virgin Australia and Qantas Airways on ten important regional flight routes”.

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COVID-19 impact on Biosecurity Operations

COVID-19 impact on Biosecurity Operations

26.03.2020 Paul Zalai

Freight & Trade Alliance (FTA) over recent days has been receiving calls from members as regards the health protocols many facilities had put in place to check not only their staff but also any visitors to their premises.

We had been advised that some businesses had experiences where some government agency officers had refused to comply with these protocols; being standard health questions and if required a contactless temperature check.

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Hunt & Hunt Lawyers provided a webinar on the supply chain, commercial & employment law issues

Hunt & Hunt Lawyers provided a webinar on the supply chain, commercial & employment law issues

24.03.2020 Collins Rex

Russell Wiese and David Thompson of Hunt & Hunt Lawyers recently provided a webinar updating the trade and logistics community of the commercial law and employment issues associated with COVID-19. A summary of the Australian law issues are set out below. The issues will differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and it is importation to obtain local advice. If you need assistance with Australian trade law issues please contact Russell at rwiese@huntvic.com.au. If you need employment law assistance, please contact David at dthompson@huntvic.com.au.

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Supporting small business initiative

Supporting small business initiative

24.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

Our GTPA management team is pulling together to help to personally subsidise small businesses through a new service.

Every week we will personally look to subside access to a business service or solution / support initiatives for people self-isolated at home.

We hope that by making a small contribution here we can help small businesses/ sole traders/ freelancers whilst also at the same time providing access to valuable support services to our global business network.

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Registration: Maintaining a Healthy Business in Times of Global Crisis

Registration: Maintaining a Healthy Business in Times of Global Crisis

19.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

These online forums will allow you to meet other business operators ‘virtually’ for expert-moderated interactive online discussions. Here you can raise questions on issues you might be facing and as a global community we will mobilise our collective experience and expertise to listen and try to provide practical assistance.

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Activating our global community services to help

Activating our global community services to help

19.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

We are currently living in extraordinary circumstances, and first and foremost we must remain safe and keep ourselves, our community, and those closest to us healthy.

The Global Trade Professionals Alliance (GTPA) is joining forces to collaborate with the Institute of International Trade (IIT) at The University of Adelaide and the Supply Chain Resource Cooperative (SCRC), Poole College of Management at North Carolina State University.

As a group, we are aware that as businesses implement major changes to manage disruptions and continue operating, many could benefit from the insight and fellowship of peers in similar positions, and the assistance of experts who can offer advice and leadership.


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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as a part of the foreign policy white paper, is looking into ways to support to service sector in Australia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as a part of the foreign policy white paper, is looking into ways to support to service sector in Australia

17.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as a part of the foreign policy white paper, is looking into ways to support to service sector in Australia and to better support and assist these firms in their international growth. We would like to invite you to participate in a study aiming to understand more about the experiences of service businesses who export their services fairly soon after their inception (also known as ‘born global’ businesses). The research will be used by DFAT to understand more about the challenges faced by these businesses, and will be used to inform improved support and assistance to help these businesses succeed and grow their international business activities.

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Increasing demands on product certification and origin traceability

Increasing demands on product certification and origin traceability

09.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

Last Thursday the WTO held a workshop to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the WTO Agreement on Rules of Origin, CEO of the GTPA Lisa McAuley was asked to speak on a panel to discuss increasing demands on product certification and origin traceability. Below is a copy of the speech.

Despite an international context that has grown more hostile for global trade, flows of goods, services, and investment continue to develop, encouraged by the negotiation of free trade agreements and the emergence of global value chains. This entails constant changes to our work on rules of origin. By the time we think we have found a solution to a problem, new demands emerge that also require our creativity and commitment. Hence, the importance of this event so that we do not lose momentum in addressing old and new challenges.

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GTDW China Trade Development Week Forum & Expo June 2020

GTDW China Trade Development Week Forum & Expo June 2020

06.03.2020 Lisa McAuley

GTDW,now into its 19th edition, provides a connecting platform to global trade stakeholders to explore opportunities to facilitate and increase sustainable and seamless cross border trade and to detect and counter illicit trade by:

  • Collaborating and linking existing initiatives
  • Sharing resources and best practices
  • Identifying commonalities and points of convergence
  • Discovering emergent and interoperable technologies and innovation
  • Initiating recommendations to overcome threats and challenges
  • Facilitating closed door G2G, B2B, B2G meetings

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Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020: shining a light on women rocking international business

Celebrating International Women’s Day 2020: shining a light on women rocking international business

05.03.2020 Lisa McAuley
In advance of International Women’s Day on the 8th March, the GTPA is today pleased to build on the campaign we launched last year to shine a light on the women who rock international trade. Last year we focused on women working within international trade from the perspective of working within global trade as a professional. In 2020, our campaign will focus on highlighting women rocking international business, from business owners to CEOs to those working within different business functions supporting business development and growth.
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Delivering Beyond Innovation for SMEs

Delivering Beyond Innovation for SMEs

24.02.2020 Lisa McAuley

By Peter Langley, Vice President, FedEx Express Australasia

Small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the Australian economy with its contribution to the nation’s GDP of 57 per cent and accounting for 67 per cent of total employment in Australia. We are increasingly seeing the business landscape changing for the benefit of SMEs, from policy recommendations that improve cashflow for SMEs, to free-trade agreements for the benefit of bilateral trade on all scales.

However, local businesses are also experiencing an increasing amount of pressure to go further afield. Even though cross-border trade has a positive impact to revenue, we are finding that only 75 per cent of Australian SMEs are currently exporting goods compared to 91 per cent importing.

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Global Trade Accelerator program supporting international students and exporters in the face of Coronavirus impacts

Global Trade Accelerator program supporting international students and exporters in the face of Coronavirus impacts

19.02.2020 Beau Leese

Over 90,000 Chinese international students remain stuck outside Australia due to Coronavirus travel restrictions. China exposed export businesses will also be substantially impacted. Estimates of the potential direct adverse economic impact of the Coronavirus on Australia currently range from $3 - $8 billion and are increasing daily.

Edtech startup Practera platform is enabling one innovative response with its successful Global Trade Accelerator program and a range of Government, peak body, education provider and export partners.

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Margaret Thatcher Conference on Trade

Margaret Thatcher Conference on Trade

12.02.2020 Niels Strazdins

Tickets are now on sale for the Margaret Thatcher Conference on Trade, in partnership with the City of London Corporation and HSBC.

The Margaret Thatcher Conference is the Centre for Policy Studies’ flagship annual event. It aims to provide a platform for senior politicians, business representatives and experts to discuss top line, international topics in front of a high level audience.

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Coronavirus outbreak a timely test for supply chain resilience and the need for adaptive leadership skills

Coronavirus outbreak a timely test for supply chain resilience and the need for adaptive leadership skills

10.02.2020 Niels Strazdins

Opinion by Niels Strazdins, Head of Global Trade Policy & Europe Director at Global Trade Professionals

The 2020 coronavirus outbreak in China has been declared a global health emergency and concern is growing over its potential to become a pandemic. With over 600 fatalities to-date, the scale of the human tragedy cannot be ignored and is increasing by day.

Beyond its tragic human impact on the residents of Hubei province, China more broadly, and the rest of world, the outbreak’s economic consequences are also mounting.

Disruption is radiating from the world’s second-largest economy across international supply chains and commercial networks. It is testing their resiliency and the contingencies put in place to mitigate the impact of international crises such as viral outbreaks.

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Sustainability matters: Is enough being done and who is doing what?

Sustainability matters: Is enough being done and who is doing what?

06.02.2020 Lisa McAuley

As the issue of sustainability continues to be at the forefront of global awareness, various initiatives and activities demonstrate the extent to which institutions are taking the matter more seriously. But is enough being done and is there sufficient understanding of the issues at play here? 

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GTR MENA 2020: Seizing opportunities for trade

GTR MENA 2020: Seizing opportunities for trade

06.02.2020 Lisa McAuley

Widely recognised as the most comprehensive and long-established trade finance gathering for the Middle East & North Africa, GTR MENA 2020 will return to Dubai on February 17-18, 2020, welcoming over 800 key figures from local, regional and global markets and providing access to hundreds of companies engaged in international trade.

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GTPA and the Institute of International Trade (IIT) to collaborate on development of new trade leadership program

GTPA and the Institute of International Trade (IIT) to collaborate on development of new trade leadership program

05.02.2020 Lisa McAuley
Today’s business leaders confront a host of political, economic, policy, regulatory, environmental and institutional barriers.

On the international political front, the headlines are full of ‘trade wars’ news. The rise of populist sentiment in the developed world is challenging many of the post-cold war assumptions, wherein the march of trade liberalisation and liberal political systems were in lockstep.

Political debates increasingly reflect these international tensions, as well as the broader, deteriorating, regional security environment.

Security, trade and investment are now more, and increasingly, entwined, affecting trade policies and regulations across the globe.

Yet threats bring new opportunities including new trade routes opening and technological advancements that will simultaneously render cross-border trade easier to do, while multiplying the possibilities for dispersing production facilities internationally and bringing goods and services closer to consumers.

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Trade facilitation policy for MSMEs

Trade facilitation policy for MSMEs

20.01.2020 Lisa McAuley

For many MSMEs, navigating the complexity of doing business globally whilemaintaining acompetitive edge requires the development of new skills and knowledge, as well as the ability todraw on a trusted network of skilled professionals and consulting services with the requiredcompetencies to support their business growth.Many of these businesses have significant international growth potential from day one of theiroperations and are essentially “born global”. Competing on a global scale from the outset means it isimperative that these businesses enjoy access to support networks and an ecosystem that allowsthem to take advantage of new opportunities. 

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