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24 September 2021

Western Australian Agrifood Export eNews

Agribusiness, commercial fishing and aquaculture news from the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD).  If you have any questions or information to share, please email export@dpird.wa.gov.auSubscribe to Western Australian Agrifood Export eNews.

DPIRD forges agrifood trade partnership with Austrade

The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) will partner with Austrade to deliver export advisory services to Western Australian agribusiness and food businesses.

As a result of this partnership, DPIRD is recruiting two senior trade consultants, the positions are in the Agribusiness Food and Trade branch for immediate filling until 30 June 2023.

The role will involve engaging with industry and government to support successful trade outcomes and delivering advisory services to export ready businesses in WA.  This will be achieved in partnership with Austrade through the TradeStart network.

To be considered for appointment into the Austrade partnership positions, successful applicants must hold Australian citizenship.  The closing date for applications is 4pm AWST on 12 October 2021.  More...  Source and Image:  DPIRD

Virtual one-to-one meetings with UK buyers

The Food and Agribusiness Growth Centre, trading as FIAL, is inviting Australian food and beverage suppliers to attend an exclusive online business matching event with key buyers from the United Kingdom (UK).

In collaboration with Austrade, this is a unique opportunity to virtually meet one-to-one with UK buyers within various channels – from major supermarket chains, to retailers, distributors and importers.

As part of this event taking place on 28 October 2021, FIAL will streamline supplier product samples as a consolidated airfreight, to be delivered to UK buyers once the virtual meetings have been completed.

Suppliers must be export-ready with a profile on Australian Food and Beverage CatalogueExpressions of interest close on 1 October 2021. More...  Source and Image:  FIAL

More opportunities for Australia as Peru joins Trans-Pacific Partnership

Australian farmers and businesses will get more opportunities to reach new markets and create more jobs through global trade as Peru becomes the eighth economy to bring the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) into force.  Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan this week welcomed Peru joining Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam as a Party to the CPTPP.

The CPTPP’s free trade area eliminates more than 98% of tariffs on trade and captures future services liberalisation which will supercharge trade, jobs and growth opportunities for its member countries, Mr Tehan said.  “Peru is a fast-growing, dynamic economy offering Australian exporters a gateway to Latin America and the CPTPP will support trade with Peru growing beyond our existing bilateral agreement, the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement," the Minister said.

Peru has a population of 32 million and Latin America 650 million.  Australian businesses can use the Free Trade Agreement Portal to find trade outcomes with Peru under the CPTPP, in addition to the Peru-Australia Free Trade AgreementSource:  Federal Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment / DFAT |  Photo:  Willian Justen de Vasconcellos / Unsplash [Machu Picchu, Peru]

CSIRO: Managing fisheries in a changing climate

Australian fisheries are now better equipped to plan for climate change thanks to a new adaptation handbook launched this week at World Fisheries Congress 2021.  The Adaptation of fisheries management to climate change handbook is designed to help fisheries managers and operators identify effective responses to climate change. This evidence-based process was developed by CSIRO with the Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies and the Australian Fisheries Management Authority.

CSIRO researcher and lead author of the handbook, Dr Beth Fulton, said Australia’s marine environment was changing faster than ever leading to a complex set of challenges for the fishing industry, including on ecosystems, fish biology, operations, infrastructure, and safety.

“Our science shows that many marine species, including fished species, are facing threats due to climate change, like changes to water temperatures, ocean chemistry or habitat distribution,” Dr Fulton said.  “The combined pressures of climate change mean that fisheries are likely to become more variable, affecting when, where and how many fish are caught,” she said.  More...  Source:  CSIRO |  Photo:  AFMA [Northern Prawn Fishery prawn trawler]

$150 million boost to Australian agriculture and food sectors

A $150 million investment from CSIRO, government and industry will tackle drought, the food export market and growing the protein market, according to CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.

CSIRO Chief Executive Dr Larry Marshall said the three missions together aim to capture a $20 billion opportunity for Australian agriculture to extend its position as a world leader.

“For over a century, CSIRO has been working with farmers and governments to improve life on this great land – but today we’re bringing all of our newest science and technology, from artificial intelligence to genetics and smart materials, to bear on overcoming our oldest national challenge – drought,” Dr Marshall said.

“Overcoming the impacts of drought, protecting the authenticity of Australian products, and inventing whole new markets will grow one of our most important national industries.

"Australia has a natural competitive advantage in ‘ag-tech’, the way Silicon Valley does in ‘tech’ – these missions leverage that advantage to grow those local companies and grow the quality of life for Australians working in them.” More...  Source:  CSIRO  |  Photo:  DPIRD

Report: ‘Born global’ services model possible best practice for other exporters

Research about the Australian services sector commissioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) may have important lessons for all exporters when navigating international markets.  DFAT says the ‘born global’ model may be viewed as a best practice approach to exporting – and one which other exporters may benefit from learning more about.  

Born global firms are individuals or businesses that, from the beginning, pursue global rather than domestic opportunities – and are selling into at least one international market anywhere between one to three years after their establishment.  Undertaken between March and July 2020, DFAT's research found such firms have a greater level of preparedness and capability to plan for, and circumvent, common exporting challenges.

The business acumen, competitiveness and innovation of Australian born global services exporters are key factors that drive these businesses toward international markets, the report says. The success of these exporters is focused around three common themes: developing in-market networks and strong competitiveness; saving costs through scalable services and remote delivery; and global-facing industries, limited regulatory barriers and operations in low risk markets.  More...  Source:  DFAT  |  Image:  iStock