Global Trade gets a Budget boost

12 May 2021

Building upon previous commitments from the Government, the Federal Budget 2021-22 includes measures to modernise and improve Australia’s trade system and maximise economic opportunities for traders.

Notable measures included in the Budget include:

Enhanced Trade and Strategic Capability

The Government will provide $198.2 million over four years from 2021-22 to support Australian exporters and businesses and advance Australia’s international interests.

Funding has been provided to:

  • Maximise economic opportunities to diversify export markets.
  • Increase Australia’s contribution to global efforts to reform the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to strengthen the global rules-based trading system and enhance Australia's capability to engage in WTO dispute settlement as necessary.
  • Expand Australia's advocacy and cooperation with partners internationally in pursuit of a free, open and resilient Indo-Pacific.
  • Sustain the Government’s overseas diplomatic network.

This measure complements other commitments from the Government to support trade diversification and resilience.

Simplified Trade System

Building on the JobMaker Plan — simplified trade system from the Budget 2020-21, the Government will provide an additional $37.4 million over three years from 2021-22 to support initiatives to:

  • Modernise and improve Australia’s trade system.
  • Streamline border services to reduce administrative complexity and improve the efficiency of international trade.

This will include a review of the regulatory framework and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) systems that impact cross-border trade.

Anti-Dumping Reforms

The Government will provide $5 million over four years from 2021-22 (and $1.4 million per year ongoing) as part of reforms to Australia’s Anti-Dumping regime that will make the system faster and easier to navigate for businesses.

Funding includes:

  • $4.7 million for the Anti-Dumping Commission to provide importers and local manufacturers advice on whether goods are subject to anti-dumping duties.
  • $300,000 to increase flexibility to apply different rates of duties for particular variants of imported goods, to ensure fairer outcomes for importers and consumers.
  • $100,000 to support the International Trade Remedies Advisory Service, to assist small and medium enterprises with the anti-dumping merits review process.

The Government will also streamline existing processes by allowing eligible importers to claim a Tariff Concession Order based exemption from anti-dumping duties at the time they make their import declaration.

Import duties — automotive R&D tariff concession extended

The Government is supporting innovation in the automotive sector by extending the automotive research and development tariff concession for a further four years until 30 June 2025. The extension took effect on 1 April 2021.

Companies that are registered under the Automotive Transformation Scheme Act 2009 as at 31 December 2020 will continue to be able to claim a tariff concession of up to 5% on the value of imports used for automotive R&D in Australia.

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