Australia should be helping its premium wine industry, not hindering it through tax.
The reputation of Australia's winemarkers is at risk because of the way taxes and subsidies distort the industry.
A weak pound might be good for exports but it is bad news for the investment that the economy is based on.
Trinidad and Tobago is no longer the liquid petroleum gas export powerhouse it once was.
Ghana could learn a great deal from Trinidad and Tobago about how to manage its energy sector – and about what pitfalls to avoid.
Is the coal train leaving town?
We hear a lot about how essential coal and other mineral exports are for Australia. Is it true? Only for a relatively small section of the population.
Why those who want to lean on imperial relations should think again.
The “free into store” trade terms are being eroded for Australian small business.
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Small importers rely on the seller being liable for any import duty - but that situation is being eroded.
The rand’s current weakness can be attributed to a myriad of structural problems facing South Africa’s economy.
Like any commodity, the value of the rand is determined by the market forces of supply and demand. Its weakening is also affected by a myriad of structural problems facing the South African economy.
An LNG carrier leaves Darwin.
Coal seam gas companies have invested billions of dollars to export their products overseas. But is their investment paying off?
Australian exporters, we salute you.
Not every Asian runner has delivered a stellar year for Australian exporters.
Eating kangaroos is sustainable.
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Campaigners against commercial kangaroo harvesting say it's unsustainable and have convinced California to extend a ban on kangaroo imports. But are Australia's world-famous roos really at risk?
Indonesia is turning to homegrown cattle for its beef needs, and cutting its Australian live imports.
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Indonesia's shock decision to cut imports of Australian beef signals two things: Indonesia's desire to focus on domestic cattle farming, and Australia's lack of alternative options for exporting its own herd.
The Export-Import Bank provides financing and other services to help foreign companies buy US products like Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner.
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The more than 80-year-old credit agency is set to expire at the end of the month if Congress does not act to keep the profitable bank alive.
Zambia’s success in building its food processing sector depends on tapping into procurement strategies of retail chains such as Shoprite.
Zambia's drive to build its industrial capabilities has made steady progress. But it runs up against the history of economies that are dominated by mineral resources and landlocked countries.
A Chinese government image of soldiers on one of the built-up Spratly islands.
The US is considering using warships and helicopters to pressure China into scaling back construction in the Spratly islands. But why is there one rule for China, and another for other nations?
Anyone teaching encryption without first getting clearance from the government could soon be wearing these.
The government's Defence Trade Controls Act effectively makes teaching encryption a criminal act and considers even a simple calculator as a potential weapon.
Do you care where the food you buy comes from?
In the drive to cut costs on food, Australians often overlook the real impact of food choices.
Cannibalistic crabs are hard to hatch and rear, but researchers in Indonesia are finding ways to stop them from eating each other.
Do you like eating crabs? In Jakarta, enjoying the tasty crustaceans has become a hot trend, as more restaurants with names like The Holy Crab and Cut the Crab open up. Crabs are delicious delicacies…
Cooking on gas could be unpalatable when the bill arrives.
During Melbourne’s recent spell of hot weather, my air conditioner got a workout after a long hiatus. Technically it’s a split system that also could have been used during winter, but like many Melbourne…
When the construction phase of Queensland LNG projects like this one in Gladstone moves into production, there will be winners and losers.
The large Queensland liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects currently under construction will begin production over the next two years. Exploiting previously unused reserves of coal seam gas, the LNG produced…
Australia’s consumers are about to feel the pinch.
In an interview with the Australian Financial Review last week, Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens suggested the Australian dollar might fall to US75 cents in 2015. And he intimated that it wouldn’t be…