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Exporting is a profitable way of growing your business. It spreads your risks and reduces your dependence on the local market.

Exporting businesses generally are more profitable than their non-exporting counterparts. They:

  • have better growth prospects
  • have more skilled and productive staff
  • adapt to new technologies and best practice faster.

Exporting exposes your business to new:

  • ideas
  • management practices
  • marketing techniques
  • ways of competing.

If you have a limited Australian market, consider exporting. Small local businesses can build global brands, especially in rural and regional Australia.

Austrade's website offers extensive information and a step-by-step guide to exporting to help you get started.

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s website offers extensive information about exporting goods.

Advice and support

  • Austrade
    A global network of offices in more than 55 countries offering practical advice, market intelligence and ongoing support to Australian exporters.
  • Australian Institute of Export
    A not-for-profit member organisation providing education, training and other exporter services.
  • Business SA
    Delivers a range of specialist services, including the Council for International Trade and Commerce SA, to help members develop a successful export business.
  • Council for International Trade and Commerce SA
    The peak body for 39 international chambers of commerce and business councils in South Australia.
  • Export Finance and Insurance Corporation
    A federal government organisation helping exporters overcome financial barriers.
  • Export Partnership Program
    The state government’s Export Partnership Program provides funding assistance for small and medium-sized businesses to access new global markets through marketing and export development opportunities.
  • Food SA
    An industry organisation offering programs and services to help food businesses grow. Also acts as the industry's voice.
  • Water Industry Alliance
    An industry cluster of water-related organisations focused on growing the business of its members and the industry.

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