About TradeStart

The TradeStart network is an extension to Austrade’s own offices and is delivered in partnership with State, Territory and local governments, industry associations and chambers of commerce. In the Canberra region, Austrade delivers the TradeStart network in partnership with Canberra Business Chamber.

The prime objective of Austrade’s TradeStart network is to assist small and medium sized exporters to achieve long term success in international markets. It offers exporters the combined resources of Austrade and each partner organisation, providing local assistance and a direct link to Austrade’s services and overseas network.

How TradeStart can help you

TradeStart works closely with Austrade’s 82 offices in 48 overseas markets and provides practical advice that helps you reduce the time, cost and risk of exporting.

Some of Austrade’s services include:

1. General information and advice on exporting and doing business in overseas markets.

We can provide you with advice on doing business overseas, including:

  • international market selection and market entry/expansion strategies
  • business culture and etiquette
  • upcoming international promotions such as trade shows and missions
  • information on financial assistance and other government programmes.

We can introduce you to networks of key decision makers, customers and contacts, including:

  • connecting you with international buyers
  • alerting you to upcoming international promotions and incoming buyer delegations
  • referring you to specialist service providers in Australia and overseas.

We can provide you with information and insights on emerging international trends and new business opportunities.

We can leverage the badge of government in overseas markets to access senior officials and business representatives.

Austrade offers general information and advice free of charge. More specific services attract a fee (see tailored services). We focus our services in growing and emerging economies across Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Central Europe.

2. Tailored services

Through Austrade’s global network of advisers, we offer five key services that are customised for your business and your specific needs. We can:

  • provide you with market research and information on barriers and regulations; market trends and potential; and specific market insights
  • identify potential partners, service providers and customers for your product or service. We then, in consultation with you, approach those who best meet your criteria and arrange introductions
  • set up meetings with potential partners and customers during your visit, helping you maximise the use of your time. In some markets, we can also join your meetings to provide language and cultural support
  • follow up initial meetings with potential partners and customers on your behalf to obtain their feedback. We can then help you determine the next steps.

These tailored services are offered through Austrade’s overseas offices on a fee for service basis.

In established markets, such as North America and Europe, we may refer you to other organisations that can help you.

TradeStart 

This program delivers services within the ACT and surrounding region, covering Canberra, Young, Boorowa, Yass, Crookwell, Goulburn and Queanbeyan.

 If you require assistance from Austrade please contact on info@austrade.gov.au.

 If you require assistance from Canberra Business Chamber, please contact Steven McKeane on steven.mckeane@canberrabusiness.com or 02 6247 4199. 

Canberra Business Chamber
216 Northbourne Avenue
Braddon ACT 2612

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