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Export seminars to provide tips on tapping into the Hong Kong market

Friday, 4 May 2018

South West residents wanting to learn more about exporting food and wine into Hong Kong are encouraged to come along to one of two free seminars being held in the region this month.

Attendees at the events taking place in Bunbury and Margaret River on Tuesday May 22 will hear practical tips designed to boost the export capabilities of local businesses.

Presenters will include representatives from the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, South West Development Commission and Wine International.

SWDC acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said there were opportunities for South West businesses, including those that wished to tap into China using Hong Kong as a platform.

"The seminars will be valuable to those wanting advice about navigating and seeking distribution into the Hong Kong market," Ms Ball said.

"The Commission supports local businesses through its TradeStart program and our TradeStart manager will be on hand to talk about the government grants and assistance available."

Hong Kong Trade Development Council director of Australia and New Zealand Bonnie Shek said with The Australia-Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement negotiation currently under way, trade and investment between the two economies is expected to go from strength to strength.

"With an affluent middle class and a population of more than seven million, Hong Kong is a substantial market for all kinds of food and wine products," Ms Shek said.

In addition to updates on Hong Kong and China, and practical tips for exporting, the seminars will also cover the Australian Government's $50 million Export and Regional Wine Support Package.

The Bunbury Geographe export business seminar and networking event will take place at Maker + Co at 12noon on Tuesday May 22. The event is free to attend but registrations are essential ─ sydney.office@hktdc.org .

The Margaret River Wine Region event will take place at 4pm on Tuesday May 22 at Clairault in Wilyabrup. The event is free to attend but registrations are essential ─ sydney.office@hktdc.org .

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