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Food and Agribusiness News

Welcome to the Austrade Food and Agribusiness News. Read about our current trade opportunities, regulatory updates, events and news below.



Australian sorghum makes its way into the world's top-selling spirit
Research is underway to help Australian farmers better understand Chinese customers’ needs for sorghum. Read more

Package Assisting Small Exporters (PASE) - grant funding round
now open
The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ PASE program funds activities aimed at improving market access for small exporters. Funding is available for projects from 2016-17 to 2017-18. Applications close 27 March 2017. Read more

Saudi Arabia – custom duty rates increase
Exporters to Saudi Arabia should consider if they are potentially affected by the recent raising of a broad range of customs duties. Rates on 193 products including poultry, meat, dairy, fertilisers and chemicals are effected, and apply to shipments already in transit. Request more detail on specific rate changes

Mexico – temporary tariff cuts for beef
Beef exporters should consider a significant new opportunity in the Mexico market, as the 20 per cent tariff on beef products has been temporarily removed, potentially allowing 200,000 tonnes of Australian beef into the country tariff-free. If this could benefit you, request further information on this opportunity.


China Dairy Mission, 15-21 June 2017
Join the Australian National Pavilion and help showcase Australian dairy expertise. Participate in site visits and networking events in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, an important dairy production region in China’s prosperous east, and Harbin, Heilongjiang province, one of China’s main large-scale dairy regions. Register now 

Registrations close 24 March: Australian grains delegation to Korea, April 2017 
Join the delegation focused on specialty grains travelling to Korea from 24-26 April, with growers, exporters, industry representatives and associated research, service and technology organisations. Register 

Briefing via webinar 29 March: HOFEX and Pearl River Delta
Food Mission
Register now for a free webinar to discover how you can export to or expand in the food retail market in Hong Kong. Explore food trade opportunities in the Pearl River Delta and fast-track into China through cross-border e-commerce channels. 

Get the most out of HOFEX: Register for Savour Australia and
Pearl River Delta Food Mission
Join two activities to add to the impact of your participation in HOFEX – the Savour Australia product showcase (9 May) and business mission to Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhongshan (12-13 May). 

Register by 31 March - Pearl River Delta Food Mission 
Register by 13 April - Savour Australia 

Express interest in an agri-tech workshop in Brazil
Austrade is seeking interest from companies to participate in an agritech workshop in May or June 2017 in Brazil. The workshop will promote Australian capabilities in agricultural technology and explore new approaches to industry-engaged research and collaboration opportunities. Express interest

Get your products and brands in front of major Kyushu region buyers
Austrade Japan will showcase Australian products and brands on behalf of exporters, in Fukuoka and Kagoshima from 30 May to 2 June 2017. The showcase will target eight independent buyer groups from the retail and wholesale sectors who influence product sourcing and distribution in Kyushu. Register now  

Request a copy: Austrade Event Calendar
Austrade’s event calendar for food and agribusiness trade events has been updated for 2017. Request a copy


Poised for growth - Australian craft beer in North Asia
Austrade sees strong potential for Australian craft beers in markets such as China and Korea. Three brewers have completed a series of masterclasses and meetings with importers and distributors across four Chinese cities, and the elimination of tariffs on beer under KAFTA is expanding the opportunity in Korea.
Read more about the craft beer showcase in China

Download and read about the Korean beer market under KAFTA and view a video case study.
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