In brief – Businesses planning to export should be aware
of available assistance
The Export Market Development Grant "EMDG" scheme aims
to support small to medium sized businesses to break into export
markets by reimbursing up to 50% of the expenses relating to export
promotion. It applies not just to the export of physical goods but
also the export of services. In this way the scheme applies to
service providers such as architects, engineers and quantity
What are the financial benefits of the EMDG scheme?
Under the scheme, Austrade will reimburse up to 50% (to a
maximum of $150,000) of eligible export promotional expenses above
$20,000. First time applicants may claim expenses incurred over the
last two financial years.
In 2011-12 close to 3,000 exporters received assistance through
the EMDG scheme. The total value of the grants for that period was
Who can apply for the export grant?
Any Australian individual, partnership, company, association,
co-operative, statutory corporation or trust that has carried on
export promotion activities during the year can apply for a
To be eligible for the scheme, the business must have income of
not more than $50 million in the grant year and must have incurred
at least $20,000 of eligible export promotion expenses.
What expenses you can claim under the EMDG?
The EMDG supports nine categories of promotional activities.
Overseas representation – Costs of
maintaining an overseas representative on a long-term basis in a
Marketing consultants – Cost of engaging
a consultant to undertake market research activities
Marketing visits – Cost of travel made
for the purpose of export promotion
Communications – Communication costs
with a potential buyer, distributor, representative or
Free samples – Cost of providing samples
of the products you are promoting for export
Trade fairs, seminars and in-store promotions
– External costs related to participating in a trade fair,
seminar or in-store promotion
Promotional literature and advertising –
External costs of promotional material
Overseas buyers – Cost of bringing
potential buyers, who are non-residents, to Australia
Registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual
property – Costs of granting, registering or
extending rights for eligible intellectual property and costs of
obtaining insurance to protect these rights
Applications for EMDG for 2012-2013 opening soon
Applications for 2012-2013 open on 1 July, 2013 and close on 2
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