ANNOUNCEMENT 22 Oct 2012

In October 2012, the government of Australia announced a change in financial export support.

NUMBER OF INTERVENTIONS

1

  • 0 harmful
  • 1 neutral
  • 0 liberalising

SOURCE



National Australia Bank and EFIC to help SME exporters gain access to working capital under new arrangement, http://www.efic.gov.au/news/2012-media-releases/Pages/NAB-EFIC-working-capital-arrangement.aspx

Australian SMEs to benefit from largest ever trade fair in China, http://www.austrade.gov.au/Australian-SMEs-to-benefit-from-largest-ever-trade-fair-in-China/default.aspx

Unprecedented export growth for small-to-medium businesses, http://www.austrade.gov.au/Unprecedented-export-growth-for-small-to-medium-businesses-/default.aspx

Australian SMEs to make their mark in China,
http://www.hongkong.china.embassy.gov.au/hkng/PR_20100914.html


Inception date: 22 Oct 2012 | Removal date: open ended
Still in force

Export subsidy

In late 2012, the Australian government took steps to improve SME access to export finance.
In an official media release of 22 October 2012, the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation (EFIC), the Australian Government's export credit agency, informed about the signature of a Master Working Capital Guarantee Facility with the National Australia Bank (NAB, a leading local bank with market share of 24.8%). 
 
Under the arrangement, EFIC will provide a guarantee for a minimum of $500,000 to NAB, enabling the bank to lend working capital loans to its SME customers to finance export or export-related sales. Thereby, EFIC helps Australian SME exporters to overcome the common financial barrier they face, when their assets are insufficient to enable the lender to provide additional financing.
 

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