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Air Freight Forum – Presentations

Presentations from the Canberra Region Air Freight Forum

On 31 October 2018, we hosted a Canberra Region Air Freight Forum in partnership with the ACT Government (through Innovate Canberra and VisitCanberra) and Singapore Airlines Cargo.

The forum aimed at bringing the stakeholders together to promote opportunity for growing export activity from CBR region through the Canberra Airport.

Guests enjoyed presentations from Singapore Airlines Cargo, Auxiem Management Consultants, ARDA/Profile Total Logistics Management/Tony Innaimo Transport, TradeStart/NSW Department of Industry, Beyond Business Connections/Aussie Food To You, and Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

To view the presentations from our speakers, click on the images below.

Canberra in Wellington Week Business Program

Business Program: Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW)
Sun 19 to Wed 22 November 2017

Canberra in Wellington Week (CWW) initiative is being led by the ACT Chief Minister, Mr Andrew Barr with the development of the program being jointly coordinated across agencies within the ACT Government and Canberra Business Chamber.

Canberra’s International Engagement Strategy 2016 recognises New Zealand (Wellington) as one of the five international priority markets for engagement.

The foundation for Canberra’s connection to New Zealand is the direct international aviation link and 2016 Sister City agreement with Wellington. Canberra Business Chamber supports this connection through an MoU with Wellington Chamber of Commerce established in 2016.

CWW will raise the profile of Canberra in Wellington, facilitate business to business collaborations, establish networks, foster on-going knowledge sharing and engagement to support the commitments under the Wellington Canberra Sister City agreement. CWW also underpins our commitment to support the direct international flights between Singapore, CBR and Wellington, encouraging use of the service in both directions.

The Business Program (19-22 Nov) has been developed for Canberra Region businesses to take part and leverage the excellent networking and collaboration opportunities.

Your opportunity to be a part of Canberra in Wellington Week

Canberra Business Chamber has partnered with the ACT Government and Wellington Chamber of Commerce to offer the following business package which includes:

+ Key Event Attendance

  • Visit behind the scene, insight tour of Weta Workshop
  • Australian High Commission Reception
  • Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa”

+ Business Events

  • Market insight briefing by Austrade
  • B2B round table and networking lunch
  • Industry insights Lunch

 + Transfers from Intercontinental Hotel to all program venues out of walking distance

 + CBR Brand Collateral Pack

Cost $590pp +GST

(excludes accommodation, flights and informal dinner on Tuesday)



Discounted price for Intercontinental Hotel Wellington Club Floor Rooms (NZ $489 per night, per room), which includes: Access to Club InterContinental Lounge; Refreshments on arrival; Twilight drinks and canapés; Gourmet breakfast in Club InterContinental Lounge; Complimentary local telephone calls; Complimentary internet; Complimentary pressing (Two pieces per stay); Evening turndown service; Complimentary tea, coffee or juice with morning wake-up calls; Complimentary daily newspapers; World Class concierge service; Access to Emerge Health Club, our onsite gym and indoor swimming pool

The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. Businesses participating in the trade mission can make the reservations themselves, by contacting Veronica Sedova, Group Reservations Coordinator (refer to attending the trade mission in Wellington organised by the Canberra Business Chamber)


or contact:
Veronika Sedova
Group Reservations Coordinator
PO Box 175, Wellington, New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 7843 | F: +64 4 472 4724 |

Alternatively, a rate for accommodation in James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor (Lambton rooms) is $235 per night. It can be reserved here – please choose Lambton room and use booking code 274996 to obtain discounted rate.

Or contact:

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
147 The Terrace; Wellington, 6011 New Zealand
D: +64 4 495 0279 |  T: +64 4 499 9500 |  F: +64 4 499 8203  |

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor is within walking distance of Intercontinental Wellington Hotel. The offer is subjected to availability, as no rooms are being held and the service policy will be on a first-in, first-served basis. 

It is advised to make the accommodation reservations as soon as possible. At the time Canberra Business Chamber made inquiries on accommodation options, many hotels in Wellington have already been booked out for these dates.




Link and a code to discounted Singapore Airlines Flight Tickets (CBR-WLG-CBR) will be provided upon registering.




The ACT Government’s Trade Connect grant program is designed to help Canberra based businesses with a range of export market development activities. Trade Connect grants are awarded on a matched-funding basis. You may be eligible for up to 50% or up to $1,000 of your out of pocket expenses relating to the CWW business program. For more information, visit



(excerpt from Austrade web site, more information, here)

 The Closer Economic Relations (CER) between New Zealand and Australia has been in place since 1983 and is one of the most comprehensive free trade agreements in the world. Building on CER, is the creation of a seamless trans-Tasman Single Economic Market (SEM) business environment. Previous work has been achieved around food standards, services protocol, free movement of people, trans-Tasman mutual recognition arrangement and investment protocol.

New Zealand and Australia signed a Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) in 2009 with the ASEAN regional block of 10 countries. It aims to liberalise and facilitate trade in goods, services and investment between New Zealand, Australian and the ASEAN economies and it contains measures to improve the business environment and promote cooperation in a broad range of economic areas of mutual interest.




New Zealand and Australian governments are committed, via the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition Arrangement, to creating a single trans-Tasman market for food. Some products, such as honey, and certain egg products are prohibited, although egg protocols are under review. Some herbs are subject to additional inspection. Product labels do not generally need to be altered for New Zealand because of trans-Tasman mutual recognition of food standards. Imports of products with more than 50 per cent Australian content are duty free. There is 15 per cent GST (Goods and Services Tax), which applies to all products.

Opportunities exist in the following areas:

  • products that are not locally produced
  • premium, fresh and counter seasonal products
  • raw materials for local production as New Zealand is moving towards more value added processed foods
  • organic, gluten free and vegan goods
  • healthy convenience is a growing trend – food to go and single portion packaging
  • collaboration in food research including food safety such as AusGrainz and The Fresh Produce Safety Centre Ltd

There is a proposal for the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries to increase the varieties of fruit and vegetables that can enter New Zealand under irradiation treatment beyond the existing varieties of tomatoes, capsicums and mangoes. Under the proposal, apples, apricots, cherries, honeydew melons, nectarines, peaches, plums, rockmelons, strawberries, grapes, zucchini and scallopini would be irradiated to allow their entry into New Zealand.



Recommended Flight
Singapore Airlines – Depart CBR 11:55; Arrive WLG 17:10

Informal networking
Movie screening – “Rip Tide” (Venue TBC)


Market Insight briefing by Ms Alison Duncan
Australian Deputy High Commissioner
(Working breakfast at Intercontinental Hotel Club Lounge)

WETA, signing of the MoU between Screen Canberra and Screen Wellington
(CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)

Behind the scenes tour of Weta Workshop, world-leading conceptual design and effects facility

Individual arrangements, B2B Meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Canberra in Wellington Reception

Hosted by the Australian High Commission – An opportunity to connect with the Australian businesses operating in Wellington, Australian Alumni and diplomatic community.  (CBR Businesses join the Chief Minister & ACTG Delegation)


Roundtable discussion, B2B event hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce and Canberra Business Chamber, followed by networking lunch

Property briefing (provisional itinerary – details tbc)

Showcasing CBR productions and movie screening
“Blue World Order” (The Roxy Cinema)


Visit to Museum of New Zealand “Te Papa Tongarewa” (“Gallipoli: The scale of our war” exhibition), hosted by Wellington Chamber of Commerce

Industry insights lunch – What industry capability do we share and how can we increase collaboration? (CBR Businesses join the ACTG Delegation and Wellington City Council)

Individual arrangements, follow-up B2B meetings
(Wellington Chamber of Commerce can provide assistance with business to business matching)

Recommended Flight
Singapore Airlines – Depart WLG 20:15; Arrive CBR 22:05

Disclaimer: all elements of the Program are subject to final confirmation

ACT Government’s USA Delegation – 9 to 13 October 2017

The Chief Minster will be leading a delegation to the United States of America commencing Monday 9 October and finishing Friday 13 October. 

The delegation will be primarily focused on promoting Canberra’s defence and cyber industries, space and spatial industries, and urban renewal and the arts.  The Chief Minister will visit Seattle, San Francisco and the Silicon Valley as well as Los Angles.  Meetings are being arranged with Microsoft and Cisco as well as meetings with west coast defence manufacturers.

The opportunity for Canberra based businesses to connect with the delegation will be provided on 10 October in San Francisco. The Chief Minister and the delegation will be visiting Austrade Landing Pad and the Networking Reception will be organised in the early afternoon hours.

Any business having an interest in operating in the US market, and wishing to attend the event, please register by completing the following form.

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Kokonut Pacific: WIN Business of the Month July 2017

Kokonut Pacific WIN Business of the Month July 2017

Congratulations to Kokonut Pacific, our July 2017 WIN Business of the Month

Kokonut Pacific help to improve the lives of the rural population of tropical countries by increasing the utilisation of coconuts throughout the Pacific and the world.

In many remote tropical communities there are exceedingly high unemployment rates, yet there is an abundance of coconuts that have gone to waste. Kokonut Pacific allows villages to make the most of this valuable resource by providing these communities with the tools to extract Virgin Coconut Oil. This is done right in the village within one hour of opening a coconut.

By selling their virgin coconut oil, thousands of people in the coastal tropics achieve a higher standard of living. And as a social enterprise business, 100% of profits go back to Kokonut Pacific’s Niulife foundation which is further helping to assist Pacific coconut communities

Would you like to be our next WIN Business of the Month? Nominate now!

WIN NEWS and Canberra Business Chamber are seeking to celebrate the achievements of ACT businesses. Each month one local business will be named WIN Business of the Month and their most recent success will be the basis for a story on WIN NEWS.

If you are a member of the Chamber or you know of a business that is a member who has contributed positively to the ACT, please tell us all about it.

We are seeking nominees of all types – micro, small, medium and large businesses. You might want to nominate a business because they have recently expanded, have celebrated a milestone, secured a major contract or client, attracted people to the region or played a role in promoting the ACT, contributed to the community, been exceptionally innovative, or provided excellent service.

View the story that aired on WIN here.

Canberra Business Chamber - WIN Business of the month … a WIN NEWS local initiative.

ACT’s Reputation Leads to Invitation


23 January 2017

Demonstrating its growing stature as an integral trade partner, the ACT has been invited for the first time to be part of the JENESYS2016/17 Pacific Islands Program.

The Program is led by the Japanese Government and designed to bring together young trade leaders from across the region.

Fifteen professionals with experience and influence in the trade arena have been chosen from Australia and New Zealand to participate in this year’s Program.

Canberra Business Chamber’s Chief Operating Officer, Dean Seeley, who has led a significant number of successful trade missions on behalf of ACT exporters, including to Japan, has been chosen to represent the ACT.

“Dean’s nomination and acceptance to JENESYS shows the reputation the ACT is developing as a key player in the international marketplace,” Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Robyn Hendry said. “We hope this event will be another opportunity to strengthen ties with Japan to continue to help local businesses break into this important market.”

The goal of the Program is to strengthen the economic relationship between Japan and Australia by inviting professionals who can proactively disseminate information in their home countries about Japan’s economy, products, society and agribusiness.

“I am looking forward to further building and nurturing networks with countries where ACT companies see opportunities to do business,” Mr Seeley explained.

The Program runs from 25 January to 1 February 2017 and will include visits to some of Japan’s most highly regarded companies as well as meetings with the Japan External Trade Organisation and the Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce in Japan.

Success for CBR Region business on Trade Mission

Success for CBR Business

28 September 2016

Success for CBR Region business on Trade Mission

Doors were open, connections made with serious buyers, and new markets established – this is how Landon Hodgkinson would summarise the success of his first Trade Mission experience.

Landon is Director of Sales and Marketing for Yass Valley Beef and Yass Valley Lamb. Earlier this month he took part in Canberra Business Chamber’s Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan.

Yass Valley Beef and Lamb are committed to animal welfare, with all animals raised in a natural, free range environment.

It has recently expanded into the Sydney market and had begun to look overseas, with China seeming the best market to focus on initially.

“I would never have contemplated looking for opportunities in South Korea before this Trade Mission,” Landon explained. “I attended a forum held by the Chamber and met others attending this Trade Mission. They had travelled to Seoul and Tokyo the year before and really convinced me this was something that would be valuable for our businesses.”

Having never participated in a Trade Mission before, Landon was pleased at how stress-free and easy the process was.

“Having a team organising everything and a network of other exporters I could tap into made me feel very prepared,” he said. “One of the keys to the success of this trip was both the information I was provided before we left, but also the information potential customers were given.”

Each company Yass Valley Beef and Lamb met with had been provided in advance with significant details about the businesses and their products.

“This meant when we met we quickly moved into a real sales discussion. Every meeting was productive and I am confident we will see sales come from them in the future,” Landon said.

“The Trade Mission opened doors we never could have on our own. As part of a Trade Mission, people knew we were serious and there to connect. The people we met with at each meeting were the right people – the people who could move forward with us.”

Landon also appreciated the advice and tips provided by experienced members of the Trade Mission, from where to stay to places to hold meetings.

“In addition, we met with heads of Austrade and Ambassadors. They are now aware of our business and promoting it when the opportunity arises.”

The result of the Trade Mission is that Yass Valley Beef and Lamb are excited about the opportunities presented by these two markets and will now be focusing its efforts on South Korea and Japan.

“It not only opened our eyes to the opportunities, but I am confident this trip will lead to new customers for our business,” Landon said. “It will help our business grow and potentially have flow-on benefits for the local region.

“I would definitely go on a Trade Mission again, including another to Seoul and Tokyo.”

Canberra Business Chamber will be holding another Trade Mission to South Korea and Japan in 2017.

To register your interest please contact

South Korea & Japan Trade Mission

An exciting trade opportunity for Canberra Region exporters!


September 2016

Canberra Business Chamber is offering you an opportunity to explore two key export markets in a supportive collaborative environment, with the help of experts to open doors and provide connections with potential customers.

Building on the success of the 2015 industry led mission to Seoul, Canberra Business Chamber will return to the region to explore and facilitate further opportunities with Canberra Region businesses.

The Opportunity

The introduction of the Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) and Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) has accelerated opportunities for Australian exporters in key industries such as: Consumer Goods, Food & Beverage, Services, Technology, Health & Aged Care, Biotech, Education & Training and Agribusiness.

High level coordination by the international trade team will enable market development activities and introductions to foster long-term partnerships with companies in South Korea and Japan.

Market Overviews

Korea is the 12th largest economy in the world and the fourth largest in Asia. According to the International Monetary Fund, the country’s economic growth is projected to accelerate from 3.7 per cent in 2014 to over 4 per cent in 2016, the highest of all advanced economies.

With a population of approximately 127 million, Japan is characterised by consumers with high levels of disposable income and companies with a strong global orientation and willingness to invest in sustainable, long-term products and services. Along with this comes a strong commitment and loyalty to business partners, once acquired.

Proposed Itinerary
5th to 9th September 2016

Monday 5th
Seoul Familiarisation and Cultural Tour
In-market briefing with Austrade and Industry
Networking function

Tuesday 6th
Individual programs inc business matching, visits or own contacts

Wednesday 7th
Individual programs inc business matching, visits or own contacts
Depart Seoul for Tokyo

Thursday 8th
Japan Familiarisation and Cultural Tour
In-market briefing with Austrade and Industry
Networking function

Friday 9th
Individual programs inc business matching, visits or own contacts

$4,995 + GST per person

Canberra Business Chamber members will be entitled to a 7% discount, saving $350 pp

Package Includes

Pre trade mission meeting with TradeStart adviser to identify opportunities in market

Delegation farewell drinks with market representatives

Trade mission information booklet and itinerary

One-on-one business matching and introduction to South Korean buyers/businesses with Austrade Business Development Managers in Seoul

Seoul and Tokyo familiarisation and cultural tour – A group tour of key area of interest within Seoul and Tokyo

Korea and Japan in-market briefing from senior Austrade and industry representatives

Networking functions with local dignitaries, Chamber members and key business representatives

3 nights Deluxe Club accommodation in Seoul

2 Nights Deluxe Club accommodation in Tokyo

Breakfast and all day refreshments served in the Club Lounge

Transport – Airport transfers and group activities

Flights excluded

Optional extras

  • Additional nights’ accommodation
  • Additional business matching, introductions or visits


You may also be eligible for grant funding of up to 50% of your out of pocket costs. Request information when registering your interest in the trade mission.

What delegates say about our industry led missions…


Register your interest NOW by contacting:

Director of Programs
Canberra Business Chamber
02 6247 4199
0429 544 773

Tradestart Adviser
Canberra Business Chamber
02 6247 4199
0407 101 544

Australia Week in China – 11 to 15 April 2016

19 February 2016

China is Australia’s largest two-way trading partner in both goods and services, importing more Australian goods than any other country. The singing of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) has enhanced and strengthened our economic ties and significantly expanded commercial opportunities for Australian and Canberra businesses.

National Program
Australia Week in China (AWIC) will run from the 11-15th of April and will promote trade, investment, education and tourism through focused events designed to highlight commercial opportunities underpinned by the rise of an affluent middle class and the signing of ChAFTA. The week will be led by The Minister for Trade and Investment, and will be held in many cities across China before all delegates come together in Shanghai.

Team Canberra in Market
ACT Government in partnership with Canberra Business Chamber will provide additional support and activities for Canberra Region businesses attending AWIC. A Team Canberra event in Shanghai will give participants an opportunity to connect with new or leverage existing relationships at an exclusive Team Canberra event.


International Freight Symposium

8 February 2015

The Canberra Region International Freight Symposium is an open forum designed to bring together small to large operators and government to discuss the Canberra Region’s readiness to embrace international trade and the subsequent opportunities for economic development.

The Canberra Region International Freight Symposium is intended for producers, manufacturers, potential exporters, decision makers, government officials, freight industry representatives and companies interested in exporting quality, innovative products and services from Canberra to Asia via air.

Canberra Exporter Hooks China Market


6 July 2016

There is a saying: ‘Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime’.

This sentiment is at the heart of local business Uarah Fisheries’ future plans and its current international success.

Uarah Fisheries is a ACT based aquaculture business producing Murray cod for local and export markets. It uses cutting-edge technology to enhance productivity and ensure the quality of the fish it farms.

It has recently broken into the Chinese market with the sale of fingerlings and has also begun exporting to Singapore.

“Environmental changes and over-fishing are impacting on traditional fishing and fish husbandry will become vital in ensuring our fish stocks can be maintained and meet demand in the future,” Uarah Fisheries Director, Dr John Yu explained.

Domestically, Uarah breeds Murray cod for restocking into the wild, but there is growing demand both locally and internationally for table fish.

“Asian customers believe in the quality of Australian fish,” Dr Yu said. “The Murray cod is an excellent table fish and has great potential in Asia. To promote this fish in China, we have especially created dishes in collaboration with local restaurants for potential customers. We arrange for them to enjoy a meal with Murray cod and they tell me they can instantly taste how good it is.”

With the help of Canberra Business Chamber and Austrade’s Tradestart program, Uarah Fisheries has begun exporting fingerlings, which are then grown locally.

“We are talking about exporting a live animal and there was a lot we had to do to get export ready. Without the assistance of the Chamber and Larry from Tradestart it would have taken us much longer and we would not have been able to send our first shipments this season.”

While Uarah is currently exporting Murray cod fingerlings, its involvement does not cease once the fish are shipped. It works closely with customers to help them develop modern aquaculture infrastructure in which they can raise the fingerlings.

“We partner with local farms to provide support and help them grow,” Dr Yu said. “We do this by providing access to farming knowledge and technology and even helping secure capital investment.”

Uarah believes being based in the ACT has been key to their success. “The assistance we were provided and the access we have here to government departments and resources is very important. As the capital of Australia, our overseas partners also respect our city.”

With direct international flights to Singapore due to start shortly, Dr Yu believes this will strengthen the Canberra Region’s capacity to export. “By reducing transport time, we can better control quality. The ACT has many excellent producers who could find Asian markets more open to them in the future.”

“I would strongly recommend that any business thinking about exporting contact Tradestart and Canberra Business Chamber straight away. They can help you navigate the system, understand the steps you need to take and connect you with the right people.”

For information please head to TradeStart.