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Australia-Japan FTA begins today

The Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement has come into effect today, providing businesses with the opportunity to increase trade in goods and services with less investment restrictions.

China FTA bodes well for Australian business

Australian businesses operating in the services sectors can expect an FTA with Beijing to ease regulatory restrictions and make it easier to operate in and target the huge Chinese market.

SME exporters cautiously confident

40 per cent of exporting SMEs are expecting an increase in sales over the next year, according to research released by the Australian Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (Efic).

SME insolvency figures reveal areas for concern

An ASIC report has been analysed by commercial credit reporting bureau CreditorWatch, and the findings have identified key learnings that may benefit SMEs and business owners.

Melbourne online address to help business

Melbourne has become one of the world's first cities to acquire its own domain address.

Dollar drops on weak retail figures

The Australian dollar has dropped on the back of a lower than expected increase in retail sales, with purchases taking a dive for department stores and household good retailers.

Local book industry concerned at proposed shake-up

The Australian publishing industry has pushed back against a proposal to remove restrictions that have long shielded local manufacturers and distributors yet limited access...

“Dr Doom” predicts Aussie dollar to drop 20 per cent

A renowned US economist has endorsed a pessimistic outlook for the Australian economy over the next 12 months, warning of a Chinese slowdown, halting...

Precautions a must for SMEs looking to trade overseas

Entering into an international trading relationship can appear complex and challenging to many SMEs. The risks are real and need to be carefully managed.

Exporters gaining confidence, managing strong AUD

The latest DHL Export Barometer has found exporters are gaining confidence whilst learning to manage the strong Australian dollar, international competition and rising raw material costs.

Business hits a ‘purple patch’ with clever marketing

The fortunes of one Tasmanian business have risen to international prominence on the growing popularity of a small purple bear, popularised in China and Hong Kong, thanks to a unique marketing strategy.

Cider Vikings in the land down under

Entering the local market at perhaps just the right time, Swedish cider brand Rekorderlig is well-known and recognisable for its sleek branding. Yet far from being the brainchild of a faceless corporation, it all started at a kitchen table 19 years ago.

Unconventional spin on a conventional market

How many Royal Australian Air Force pilots leave to start their own natural skincare business? In all likelihood, not many. MooGoo, now stocked by 1,500 retailers and hospitals nationwide, started seven years ago quite by accident.

Businesses shun local production despite benefits

New research has revealed just 20 per cent of Australian companies have a firm policy for buying Australian made goods wherever possible.

China the new frontier for international Australian SMEs

Considering trading opportunities with China, many Australian SMEs may view the market as almost exclusively an exporter. Yet new research reveals the reality is in fact quite the opposite.

Service taking the headache out of freight

For online stores, one of the most time consuming elements is arranging freight for purchased goods. A new plugin has hit the market, aggregating the best shipping price from a range of logistics companies.

Looking to the future keeps company healthy

For one of Australia’s Export Heroes, the keys to success in manufacturing lie in two places: the kids and Asia.

How China’s unlocked currency can help your business

If you’re trading with suppliers in China, taking advantage of the recently unlocked Renminbi currency can help with cash flow, profit margins and negotiating.

Local exporters concerned by strong Aussie dollar

The strong Australian dollar, coupled with increased competition, means only 48 percent of exporters expect an increase in profits in the next 12 months.

5 steps to start currency hedging

Well, 2012 is done and dusted. We survived the fiscal cliff, the end of the world, and currency volatility continued to be the norm. During the Christmas and New Year period alone, currency markets rode a roller coaster up and down a 200 point range.