What is the EMDG?
The Export Market Development Grants (“EMDG”) is an Australian Government grant scheme available to assist aspiring and current exporters.
The EMDG encourages Australian small and medium sized businesses to develop export markets overseas, by reimbursing up to 50% of eligible export promotion expenses above $10,000, provided that the total expenses are at least $20,000.
The deadline to make applications for the 2012-13 grant year closes on 2 December 2013.
Who is an eligible applicant?
In order to be eligible for an EMDG Grant any Australian individual, partnership, company, association, co-operative, statutory corporation or trust must have carried on export promotion activities during the year for which they wish to apply for an export grant. In order to be eligible, the business must have:
- an income of not more than $50 million in the grant year;
- incurred at least $20,000 of eligible export expenses under the EMDG; and
- principal status for the status for the export business.
As well as this the business must have promoted one of the following:
- the export of goods and most services;
- inbound tourism;
- the export of intellectual property and know-how; or
- conferences and events held in Australia.
What is an Eligible Product?
In order to qualify for an EMDG grant a business must have promoted their product for export. As well as this, that product must be one of the following:
- a good made in Australia;
- a good made outside Australia when Australia will derive a significant net benefit from its sale overseas;
- all services except those specified as ineligible in the EMDG Regulations;
- a tourism service (including accommodation, passenger transport or tours) ;
- a conference or event in Australia;
- an intellectual property right that mainly resulted from work done in Australia;
- a trade mark that was once owned, assigned or first used in Australia;
- know-how that mainly resulted form work done in Australia.
What can be claimed?
Expenditure on specific export promotional activities undertaken during the financial year before the application period can be claimed. These are the nine categories in which claims can be made:
- Overseas Representatives
- Marketing Consultants
- Marketing Visits
- Free Samples
- Trade Fairs, Seminars, In-store Promotions
- Promotional Literature & Advertising
- Overseas Buyers
Each of the categories has different rules as to which activities can be claimed and the amounts claimable.
The government website which includes further details is http://www.austrade.gov.au/Export/Export-Grants.