One of the core functions of the Export Council of Australia (ECA) is trade policy advocacy. The team at the ECA continues to work hard to represent the challenges and opportunities facing Australia’s international trade community to Government. We do so by meeting with key government decision makers, providing submissions on issues directly relating to trade, facilitating engagement between exporters/importers and key decision makers, participating in industry advisory committees, as well as through our annual Trade Policy Recommendations document.

Ultimately, with the support of its Trade Policy Committee and the National Advisory Council, the ECA aims to coordinate industry’s voice on the key issues affecting trade in order to facilitate positive outcomes for exporters and importers.


  • Responded to the Productivity Commission study into barriers to growth in Australian services exports:There is significant potential to increase Australia’s services exports and the ECA fully supports efforts by the Government to open new market opportunities and provide necessary assistance to companies wanting to expand internationally.

  • Stated support for the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement:The ECA welcomes the signing of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) this week. This landmark agreement with Australia’s largest trade partner secures preferential access to the Chinese market for Australian exporters.

  • Supported Australia’s application to join the WTO Government Procurement Agreement

  • Became a member of the National Committee on Trade Facilitation

  • Called for the EMDG funding shortfall to be addressed

  • Continues to advise the Australian Border Force on the development of the Trusted Trader Programme

  • Engaging with the Office of Transport Security on changes to US – bound air cargo regulation

Please click here to be redirected to the ECA's update and get a brief summary of what the ECA has been doing to assist its members and the broader international trade community between 13 April and 1 July 2015.