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11 February 2022

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.

Expression of Interest – DPIRD Export Development Support

Are you a WA agribusiness considering or engaged in international export?  What support is most important to you?

In completing the Expression of Interest (EOI), you will be helping Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD) ensure export support services continue to focus on the markets and support relevant to WA agribusinesses.

Following the completion of the EOI, DPIRD's team will be in touch with you about the full range of programs and events that may be relevant to you.

The EOI can be completed in under five minutes.  It closes on Friday 4 March 2022.  More...  Source and Photo:  DPIRD 

IFAM seafood industry briefing

Australian seafood producers, exporters and agribusinesses are invited to hear an International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) update, including the latest airfreight and export news.  Don't miss this opportunity to speak directly with freight logisticians.

This free virtual WebEx event at 12 noon on Thursday 3 March 2022 will include a live question and answer session.  Registration is essential.

You can submit questions on notice for discussion to minh.cao@austrade.gov.au by Wednesday 2 March 2022. More...  Source and Image:  IFAM / Austrade

How will the AU-UK FTA affect your business?

The Australian British Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Harrow Advisory, are seeking business views on the Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement (AU-UKFTA).

If you would like to share your perspective on how the AU-UKFTA will affect your business, please complete this online survey which closes on Friday 18 February 2022.  Source:  Australian British Chamber of Commerce / DFAT  |  Image:  DFAT

Thailand market insights webinar

Thailand is the second largest economy in Southeast Asia. Its economy is forecast to grow even further in 2022.  As its economy advances, there will be opportunities for Australian exporters.

Join the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, the Export Council of Australia and private sector experts to get the latest insights on doing business in Thailand.

This free webinar at 12 noon AWST on 17 February 2022 will cover Thailand's economic and political outlook in 2022, opportunities for business, and practical advice on exporting to the country.  More...  Source and Image:  DFAT

Global challenges impact Australian wine exports

Australian wine exports decreased significantly by 30% in value to $2.03 billion and 17% in volume to 619 million litres in the year ended December 2021, according to Wine Australia’s latest Export Report released last week.

The export figures are reflective of the unprecedentedly tough market conditions over the past 12 months as a result of deposit tariffs imposed on bottled Australian wine imported to mainland China, the continuing impact of the global freight crisis, and a counter-swing in some markets after COVID-19 related stockpiling in 2020.

The biggest driver of the decline in Australian wine exports in the 12 months to the end of December 2021 was the reduction in exports to mainland China. Exports to mainland China declined by 97% in value to $29 million and by 93% in volume to 6.4 million litres, a loss of nearly $1 billion in value and 90 million litres in volume, when compared to the 2020 calendar year where shipments were free from tariffs for most of the year.  More...  Source:  Wine Australia  |  Related:  Australian wine exports fall but there are signs of uptake in new markets  Source:  ABC News  |  Photo:  Wine Australia

FAO: Benefits of reducing food loss

Every year, around 14% of all food produced around the world is lost between harvest and the wholesale market, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).  At the same time, the United Nations Environment Program estimates that 17% of food is wasted at the retail and consumer levels.

With world food production needing to increase by 60% by 2050 in order to meet the demands of the growing global population, and food wastage amounting to about US$1 trillion each year, the FAO believes it is critical that food waste is minimised.

The FAO says the benefits of reducing food loss include:

  • increases food availability
  • boosts productivity and economic growth
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • reduces pressure on land and water resources; and
  • makes agrifood systems more resilient and sustainable.

More...  Source and Photo:  FAO