Regional exports boosted by govt package

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 said the NSW
government was investing in the regions and reinvigorating export
industries impacted by COVID-19.

“We know many of our regional
exporters and communities have been doing it tough over the past few
months, with disruptions to freight channels and reduction in orders,”
Mr Barilaro said.

“Our 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.”

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet
said the new measures built on existing exporter support available
through the government’s export advisor network and Export Capability
Building Program, and is part of its broader Global NSW strategy to
nurture trade, investment and innovation.

“Our global connections are more important than ever as we set the State up for dynamic recovery,” Perrottet said.

“Exports
accounted for approximately 14 per cent of the State economy before
COVID-19 so it’s crucial we defend our international trading position
and maintain contact with key markets.

“This package will help exporters preserve existing relationships and build a solid platform to growth.”

Finance
and Small Business Minister Damien Tudehope said regional businesses
had so much to offer not only to the rest of the state, but the world.

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

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.

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