SMALL businesses are being called upon to make the most of the low Australian dollar and seek overseas markets.WA Small Business Minister Clive Brown is urging WA companies to expand their horizons and take advantage of new export opportunities.He believes the combination of the low Australian dollar and new Federal Government trade incentives means WA companies are better placed than ever to win new export business.Australia’s exporters lifted overseas sales by 25 per cent in 2000 – the best national export growth in 20 years. WA’s exports increased by 40 per cent over the same period.Small Business Development Corporation managing director George Etrelezis believes global economic conditions are ideal for small businesses considering export opportunities.There are some concerns about the way the GST is applied to the export process. For example, dunnaging (the bracing of cargoes within shipping containers) attracts GST if it is performed at the place of export. If, however, the dunnaging is carried out in the hold of a ship, it does not.
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