EMDG – Export Grants

“The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme is a key Australian Government financial assistance programme for small to medium aspiring and growing export-ready businesses….”

What is the Export Market Development Grant?

The Export Market Development Grant (EMDG) Scheme provides cash rebates to companies, joint ventures, partnerships or individuals whose gross annual turnover is under $50 million.

Grant payments are up to $150,000 for individual claimants and $250,000 for a group of companies. The rebate is 50 cents for each dollar spent in excess of $5,000 on export promotion or market research.

To qualify for a grant, a minimum of $15,000 must be spent on export promotion over a 2-year period.

Who can apply for the Grant?

An Australian individual, partnership, company, association, cooperative or a Trustee on behalf of a Trust, that has:

  • Conducting business in Australia
  • Promoted the export of goods
  • Promoted the delivery of services outside Australia
  • Promoted certain services in Australia to non-residents
  • Promoted inbound tourism
  • Promoted the export of intellectual property and know-how outside Australia
  • An income of less than $50 million for the year
  • Spent at least $5,000 on eligible export promotional activities

In the past, it has been difficult for many companies in the intellectual property and services industries to build the export grant entitlement into their overseas marketing. This is because many aspects of the scheme were not clearly defined and were subject to varying interpretation by the Courts.

Under the current EMDG Scheme, a company which manufactures offshore utilising Australian intellectual property, can continue to incur eligible expenditure in promoting the sale of their products in foreign markets. Clothing and machinery are examples of goods which may be manufactured offshore, and still attract a rebate for costs incurred in promoting their overseas sales.

Marketing costs which are deducted from royalties or license fees by a foreign licensee, may also qualify for a rebate.

China Trade Services is a government approved EMDG Consultant.

We understand the relevant legislation and the impact of any recent changes to the scheme. This is imperative to ensure you receive the maximum allowable grant.

We will prepare, review and lodge your 2018 Export Market Development Grant on a success basis “No Grant – No Fee” – Guaranteed.

For expenses incurred in the 2017-2018 financial year, you must complete and submit your online application, including supporting documentation, between 1 July 2018 and close of business 30 November 2018.

If successful, refund cheques are generally received within two months from the date the claim was lodged.

Key facts about EMDG 2016/2017

  • Grants worth A$131.4 million were distributed to 3,166 exporters.
  • 38.3% of claims lodged came from first -year applicants, an increase of 13.6% over last year.
  • 14% of total claims related to businesses exporting to the China market.

The average claim value, prepared by an approved EMDG Consultant was approx. $54,000

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