In brief – Businesses planning to export should be aware of available assistance

The Export Market Development Grant "EMDG" scheme aims to support small to medium sized businesses to break into export markets by reimbursing up to 50% of the expenses relating to export promotion. It applies not just to the export of physical goods but also the export of services. In this way the scheme applies to service providers such as architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.

What are the financial benefits of the EMDG scheme?

Under the scheme, Austrade will reimburse up to 50% (to a maximum of $150,000) of eligible export promotional expenses above $20,000. First time applicants may claim expenses incurred over the last two financial years.

In 2011-12 close to 3,000 exporters received assistance through the EMDG scheme. The total value of the grants for that period was $125.6 million.

Who can apply for the export grant?

Any Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that has carried on export promotion activities during the year can apply for a grant.

To be eligible for the scheme, the business must have income of not more than $50 million in the grant year and must have incurred at least $20,000 of eligible export promotion expenses.

What expenses you can claim under the EMDG?

The EMDG supports nine categories of promotional activities. This includes:

  • Overseas representation – Costs of maintaining an overseas representative on a long-term basis in a foreign country
  • Marketing consultants – Cost of engaging a consultant to undertake market research activities
  • Marketing visits – Cost of travel made for the purpose of export promotion
  • Communications – Communication costs with a potential buyer, distributor, representative or consultant
  • Free samples – Cost of providing samples of the products you are promoting for export
  • Trade fairs, seminars and in-store promotions – External costs related to participating in a trade fair, seminar or in-store promotion
  • Promotional literature and advertising – External costs of promotional material
  • Overseas buyers – Cost of bringing potential buyers, who are non-residents, to Australia
  • Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property – Costs of granting, registering or extending rights for eligible intellectual property and costs of obtaining insurance to protect these rights

Applications for EMDG for 2012-2013 opening soon

Applications for 2012-2013 open on 1 July, 2013 and close on 2 December, 2013.

Further information about the EMDG can be found on the website of Austrade. To find out if you are eligible for the grant please contact John Bowman.

This is commentary published by Colin Biggers & Paisley for general information purposes only. This should not be relied on as specific advice. You should seek your own legal and other advice for any question, or for any specific situation or proposal, before making any final decision. The content also is subject to change. A person listed may not be admitted as a lawyer in all States and Territories. © Colin Biggers & Paisley, Australia 2024.

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