Published on Jul 7, 2020

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NSW small and medium exporters will benefit from almost $13 million in support programs aimed at creating jobs and supporting the regions, including a $10,000 Exporter Assistance Grant.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW, Industry and Trade John Barilaro announced the Government was investing in the regions and reinvigorating export industries impacted by COVID-19.

Many regional exporters and communities have been doing it tough over the past few months, with disruptions to freight channels and reduction in orders.

The new $12.8 million package is designed to unlock the regions and boost international trade once again, making it easier to get exports from paddock to port and plate.

The package will provide more local trade advisors, an increased presence in key Asian markets, a new e-commerce program to develop alternative channels to market and a $10,000 grant scheme.

According to reports, exports accounted for approximately 14 per cent of the State economy before COVID-19, therefore it is crucial to protect our international trading position and maintain contact with key markets.

The package will assist exporters to preserve existing relationships and build a solid platform to growth. It is a broader global NSW strategy to nurture trade, investment, and innovation as regional businesses have so much to offer.

Small businesses across NSW have some of the best products and services and this grant will provide a much needed boost to businesses who have been hit hard by drought, bushfires, floods and COVID-19.

The $10,000 Export Assistance Grant will be available for up to 1,000 export ready or export capable NSW businesses, helping them access new markets or re-enter old ones where business has ceased.

Grants will be provided on a matched funding basis.  For more information and to apply visit www.business.nsw.gov.au/export-from-nsw

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