Tax Event Wrap Up - BDO International Trade and Customs Events 2018

20 December 2018

BDO’s International Trade and Customs team are celebrating the one-year anniversary of the service being introduced, with a look back at the some of the key events, forums and workshops that Bill Cole, BDO International Trade and Customs Leader, presented at over the course of 2018 on behalf of BDO.

This BDO Tax Wrap Up - BDO International Trade and Customs Events 2018 communication contains:

  • Key takeaways from a range of BDO and Industry International Trade and Customs events held during 2018
  • Details of the Export Hubs grant and Free Trade Agreement Market Entry grant, noting that both close in January 2019 
  • How BDO can assist with maximising opportunities, minimising liabilities and ensuring compliance with complex legislative requirements.

The presentations covered in this communication span a range of topics, including:

  • Evolution of the international trade landscape and the opportunities and challenges for SMEs
  • The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CP-TPP) or TPP-11
  • Maintaining the public’s trust in an era of emerging technology and how businesses are grappling with the opportunities and challenges that emerging technologies and data present
  • International trade future planning considerations, including infrastructure investment, constraints and volume trends
  • Benefits of the Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) Program, which is a voluntary accreditation program that recognises secure and compliant industry supply chain practices
  • Vulnerability of international trade to interruption due to barriers and impediments imposed by governments at national borders
  • Implications of Brexit on Australia for Australia's trade with the UK and the European Union
  • UK plans to launch formal negotiations for a comprehensive trade and investment deal with Australia in early 2019
  • Complexities involved in navigating Australia’s defence industry strategy and procurement processes, as well as the challenges SMEs operating in the defence industry face
  • How Australian businesses can look to address risks and take advantage of opportunities during a period of significant change
  • TAFE Directors Australia partnering with TAFEs across Australia to take advantage of Austrade’s FTA Training Provider Grant Program and how SMEs can access and benefit from Free Trade Agreements.

BDO are also collaborating with a variety of industry associations in applying for a range of government grants - the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Export Hubs initiative grant and Free Trade Agreement Market Entry grant program - that will help small to medium enterprises (SMEs) with their import/export activities, create opportunities in new markets, boost revenue, and participate in global supply chains. Refer to the communication for details on eligibility, benefits and closing dates for applications.  

Find out more about BDO's International Trade, Customs and Excise services.