On Thursday morning the Auckland Chamber of Commerce hosted an export training workshop at Westpac headquarters in Takutai square. International manager Fuimaono Tuiasau hosted forty attendees to the half-day event, which covered a range of topics. The workshop was the first of a series of practical training sessions provided by the Auckland Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of exporters and those interested in taking this step.
After a cup of tea and a spot of business networking Fuimaono Tuiasau welcomed participants and outlined the key elements of the export cycle. John Hackett, partner of IP law firm AJ Park, then gave advice on how to protect products and services brands to ensure uniqueness and identity. New Zealand Customs Service officials outlined the extensive services offered by the Customs Service to ensure regulatory and quality requirements were met, and how these contribute to New Zealand’s international reputation of high health and safety standards being met.
Westpac’s International Finance Manager Trevor Farrell then systematically covered the importance of and processes for Letters of Credit issues and their alternatives, which generated quite a lively discussion. Methods of finance insurance and government support in international finance arrangements were discussed by Tim Robertson of the NZ Export Credit Office. Important freight forwarding do’s and don’ts were addressed by Scott Wilson, Export Trade Manager of freight forwarding company Ocean Bridge.
During the Q & A sessions participants discussed their own experiences.
The Chamber wishes to take this opportunity and seek feedback on the workshop- this helps us develop further ‘business advice’ training in the near future, which supports new exporters and those businesses intent on opening export markets. Please note that we promote and collect positive feedback on our LinkedIn company page – do leave your comments.
From the marketing team at the Chamber.