The Australian International Marine Export Group are pleased to announce that the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) have approved a grant allowing AIMEX to take Australian companies to China to further their education in regards to CHAFTA.

This is a great opportunity which will create a platform for Australian companies to strengthen relationships with Chinese companies and consolidate their knowledge on China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA) and how it operates on the ground in China.

CHAFTA was introduced in December 2015 to support future economic growth, job creation and improve the standard of living through increased trade and investment with Australia’s biggest trading partner, China.

‘’What’s in it for me Phase 2″ will deliver targeted FTA education to export ready Australian companies and provide engagement opportunities to build demand-side FTA knowledge. The China Boat Show 26-29 April 2017 will be leveraged to provide Australian companies with direct on the ground experience including interaction and relationship building with businesses in China aimed at maximising utilisation of CHAFTA.

In-depth knowledge of CHAFTA is crucial for Australian and Chinese companies alike if the real benefits of CHAFTA are to be realised.  AIMEX is looking to create further business opportunities and foster greater engagement within the two markets; ultimately resulting in an increase of exports to China for Australian companies.

The Australian companies heading to China are Pyrotek, David Bentley Yacht Design, Aquamare, Coursemaster Autopilots, Hydrive Engineering, Ronstan, Stern First, Marine Airflow International, Bellingham Marine, Vetus Maxwell., Yacht Rigging and Consultancy.

These companies will be joining Lhamo Johnson from AIMEX who is managing this trade mission, on a five-day trip to Shanghai from the 24 – 28 April. Attendees will participate in a seminar outlining details on CHAFTA presented by Austrade, targeted one on one briefings plus informal networking events with Chinese companies.

Following the event, a database consisting of all Chinese companies familiar with CHAFTA and the benefits of trading with Australia will be collated and distributed to all AIMEX members; a valuable tool for the development of sustainable and ongoing relationships with Chinese business owners.

All Australian companies not listed above, but present in China during these dates are welcome to attend and benefit from this seminar and networking opportunities. If you are interested to find out more, please contact Lhamo Johnson via email –

Australian International Marine Export Group CEO Maryanne Edwards said “It is great to have the ongoing support of Austrade to facilitate the further education of members who wish to export to China. Free Trade Agreements offer significant benefits to Australian businesses and we must ensure industry takes full advantage of these opportunities. Being able to take companies to China to further develop their understanding of CHAFTA and offer businesses engagement opportunities is certainly going to lead to positive outcomes for Australian marine exports.”