Getting Started in Export

A world of opportunity in NSW

Container ship Businesses based in New South Wales have never had a better opportunity to throw their hats into the export ring as greater liberalisation, globalisation and digital technology break down the traditional barriers to trade.

When you launch your business internationally, you will join over 16,000 successful NSW business people who, together, export more than A$20 billion worth of services and more than A$38.5 billion worth of goods per year. 

In 2013-14, NSW Trade & Investment helped to secure 140 export wins for local companies valued at $515 million.

Tools, services and resources

NSW Trade & Investment is here to help, providing a range of export tools and services to take your business from being export-willing to export-ready. 

These tools will help you overcome some of the challenges exporters face, such as: 

  • Lead times in achieving export sales.
  • Intense international competition.
  • Need for caution in selecting partners.
  • Commitment, resources and capability.
  • Awareness of the risks involved.
  • Protecting your intellectual property (IP).

Export readiness card

NSW Trade & Investment has developed an Export Readiness Card (PDF, 415KB) that highlights ten preconditions for export success for new and sustainable exporters. 

We suggest that you regularly refer to this card as a guide as your export planning advances. 

Other readiness guides

Other organisations such as Austrade and the NSW Business Chamber have developed similar readiness guides.