When it comes to deciding how much it will cost to finance your export, consider the following points:
- What are the costs associated with market entry, such as regular visits to your target market, market entry consultants and/or legal or business advisory services?
- What is the political and economic stability of the buyer's country? A nation with a high risk rating will usually mean higher costs.
- What is the potential impact of interest rates and fees, as well as fluctuations in exchange rates?
Banks and export credit agencies remain the easiest and most approachable sources of funding – but other options exist – including various grants, venture capital and equity sharing deals.
Export Finance Insurance Corporation
The Export Finance Insurance Corporation (EFIC) is the Australian Government's export credit agency – provides Australian exporters with finance and insurance assistance to overcome financial barriers. Dealing directly with exporters or their banks, EFIC provide loans, guarantees, bonds and insurance – all of which can be tailored to meet your needs as an exporter.
Export Market Development Grants
The Export Market Development Grants (EMDG) scheme administered by Austrade offers financial assistance to aspiring and current exporters. Benefits of the scheme include:
- up to 50 per cent of expenses incurred on eligible export promotion activities above a A$5000 threshold to be claimed back in the year they were incurred – provided the total expenses are at least A$15,000.
- grants of up to A$150,000 per application, to a maximum of eight annual grants.
If you're comfortable with a third-party taking an equity stake in your business – and a share of the profits – venture capital can be an option to finance your exporting business.
The Australian Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (AVCAL) represents Australia's private equity and venture capital industries. Its members comprise mostly of the country's active private equity and venture capital firms – and provide capital for early stage companies, and later stage expansion.