Looking to expand your business through exporting? Or are you looking to start a business that exports goods from Australia?

Exporting can open a business to new markets, spread risk by reducing dependence on the local market and increase your competitiveness.

Are you ready to export?

Successful exporting takes careful planning and commitment. You'll need to make sure you meet exporting requirements and regulations and that you have a solid export plan in place.

Understanding and preparing for risks associated with exporting before you get started can be crucial. These risks include foreign exchange, political, shipping, quarantine and legal issues. Integrating risks into your business or export plan can help you mitigate them.

Austrade can help you determine whether your business is ready for export with the International Readiness Indicator tool.  

As an exporter, you can also access a range of support services through Austrade, as well as financial assistance through state and territory governments.

Customs requirements

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will need to clear your goods for export. You also need to know what restrictions and export regulations apply.

Read more about customs requirements for exports.

Efic's Small Business Export Loan

Efic's Small Business Export Loan can help your small business get the finance it needs to support an export contract.

With Efic's Small Business Export Loan, you'll get:

  • A loan designed for small business exporters - Efic focuses on your ability to service the loan, rather than the level of security available.
  • Simple application process - You can apply online via EficDirect External Site, Efic's online portal, in as little as 30 minutes.
  • Fast approval - You'll receive an indicative offer right after submitting your application. Formal approval will be done in as little as 7 business days. After you accept the offer, funds will be ready within as little as 2 business days.
  • Access and confidence - You can have the confidence to take on larger export contracts, knowing you'll have the funds to do it.

Read more about Efic's Small Business Export Loan.

Promote your business overseas

You can promote your business overseas by registering on Austrade's Australian Suppliers Directory. This directory contains a list of Australian companies, products and services targeted at overseas buyers.

If you're interested in exploring overseas markets or identifying international business partners, you can express your interest in a Ministerial-led business mission run by Austrade.

Export goods online

Exporting online can be a cost-effective way of entering the overseas market. Online tools commonly used to market internationally include websites, e-mail, e-marketplaces and collaboration tools.

Read our Online business topic for more information about doing business online.

Protect your international intellectual property (IP)

As well as registering in Australia, you can apply to register a trade mark, patent or design in overseas countries. This is particularly important when you export goods or sell goods and services over the internet. You should also ensure that your export goods will not infringe the IP of others in the overseas market.

Read more about Intellectual Property and exporting.

Free Trade Agreements (FTAs)

Australia has a number of FTAs with overseas countries that give businesses better access to those markets. There are currently six FTAs in place, with others in the process of being negotiated. Read more about Australia's Free Trade Agreements.

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