Export Market Development Grant

This is an Australian Federal Government Grant to help Australian businesses with their marketing and business development overseas.

The EMDG scheme:

  • encourages small- and medium-sized Australian businesses to develop export markets
  • reimburses up to 50 per cent of eligible export promotion expenses above $5,000 provided that the total expenses are at least $15,000
  • provides up to eight grants to each eligible applicant.


An Australian individual, partnership, company, association, cooperative or statutory corporation that has:

  • carried on business in Australia
  • promoted the export of goods
  • promoted the delivery of services outside Australia
  • promoted certain services in Australia to non-residents
  • promoted inbound tourism
  • promoted the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia
  • an income of less than $50 million for the year
  • spent at least $15,000 on eligible export promotional activities.
    A trustee may also apply on behalf of a trust.


  • overseas representation expenses
  • marketing consultant expenses (including those of Asia Advisory)
  • marketing visits expenses
  • free samples expenses
  • trade fairs, seminars, in-store promotions expenses
  • promotional literature and advertising expenses
  • overseas buyers expenses
  • registration and/or insurance of eligible intellectual property expenses.

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  • up to 50 per cent reimbursement of eligible expenses, less the first $5,000
  • each applicant may receive a grant of up to $150,000 per application, to a maximum of eight annual grants
  • grants are regarded as assessable for income tax purposes
  • the Australian Taxation Office has confirmed that GST will not apply to EMDG grants.


  • relate to trade with New Zealand and North Korea, and with Iran up to and including 17 January 2016
  • are of a capital nature
  • relate to sales or product development
  • are fraudulent, unsubstantiated or related to an illegal activity. The GST component of incurred expenses cannot be claimed under EMDG.


To find out more about the application process, go to austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants and select ‘Apply’. From this page you can also make sure your business is eligible to apply by reviewing the EMDG eligibility check list. You can contact Austrade on 13 28 78 at any time to clarify your eligibility.

Asia Advisory recommends to use specialist accountants to complete your claim. Our preferred accountant is:

Daniel Ronai, EMDG Consultant

Ronai Services


The Struggle to reform China’s Economy

The struggle to reform China’s Economy

Mr Xi and the Chinese leaders promised a ‘great rejuvenation’ but as the effects of the Trade War kick in it’s time to consider de-regulation and less state control rather than further tightening the grip.

Economic growth may fall below 6%, and if China plans to grow beyond its 13% share of world exports then welcoming foreign business and opening up trading relationships would present a positive venture.

Regardless of the US sanctions, China has an opportunity to outline a new path before the 1st March negotiation deadlines. The Economist offers some thoughts on the way forward…

#China #TradeWar #Trade 

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Vietnam is ready for the fight!!

Vietnam is ready for the opportunity!!

With an export economy which is double the size of its GDP, Vietnam was ranked No. 1 among seven emerging Asian countries as manufacturing destinations by Natixis, which looked at demographics, wages and electricity costs, rankings in doing business and logistics, and manufacturing as a share of total foreign direct investment.

A red-hot economy, business-friendly policies and a Communist party led by free-traders: that’s the elevator pitch Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc is delivering to global investors amid the U.S.-China trade war.

Many companies are moving their Asian manufacturing to Vietnam, including Samsung Electronics which accounts for one-fifth of the country’s exports. Vietnam’s profile is also benefiting from increased global attention with the next Trump & Kim meeting to be hosted in Ho Chi Min City.

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Ladies in Red make a Bull case for Vietnam

The next US-North Korea meeting is scheduled to take place in Vietnam. Not only has it piqued our interest but the Korea-Vietnam relationship is already flourishing. Perhaps due to its female population? Perhaps due to the deep financial and resource links between the two nations.

A high female workforce-participation rate, a vestige of the war, helps the country exploit its demographic dividend. That’s good news for foreign money.

Women run some of Vietnam’s best-performing companies.

For every male early-stage entrepreneur there are 1.4 female ones.

Women also contribute to 40% of the nation’s wealth, nearly on par with China.

“Ladies in Red make a Bull Case for Vietnam”

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