Australian Food & Grocery Council

Trade and Economics

The Trade and Economics division engages with regulators, government officials and agencies to advocate and influence economic policies that promote sustainable economic growth across the industry.

The division focuses on areas that impact productivity, competition and market efficiencies, including:

  • Employment
  • Taxation
  • Innovation
  • Infrastructure
  • Competition
  • Resources
  • Agriculture polices and regulation

With nearly a quarter of all food and grocery products manufactured in Australia now being exported to overseas markets, the AFGC advocates for the sector on a range of international trade issues, and offers members education, information and services to improve their access to overseas markets. For example, in 2018 we published the AFGC China Access Industry Guide which provides an overview and scope of what is required to secure sustainable China market access for food exports.



  • Consult with government on all economics and trade issues that impact the industry.
  • Provide policy input to key decision making forums on government policy.
  • Advocate, educate and promote the relevance of the industry to the overall economic performance of the nation to government and regulators.
  • Highlight and raise key issues that are impacting the competiveness  and sustainability of the industry with key policy makers  and parliament members
  • Ensure members interests are represented and protected in all trade negotiations and international trade policies.
  • Help government to promote industry capabilities across international markets.
  • Educate and support members on trade-related matters.



The AFGC’s Trade and Economic Division works with its members to;

  • Develop industry policies and positions aimed at ensuring sustainable economic growth.
  • Promoting the industries interest and capabilities in international trade.
  • Identifying and advocating solutions to economic issues that may impede competition and economic growth.
  • Being a direct voice to government agencies and members of parliament on economic issues that impact members.


AFGC China Access Industry Guide

Many food exporters find themselves overwhelmed by the complexity of China’s food import regulations and bureaucracy. Geographical, cultural and language barriers can present further challenges to understanding the opportunity landscape in China.

The defining point of reference for exporters are be the China Food Safety Law (2015) to which most China food import controls and regulations are subordinate to and the recently released China e-Commerce Law (2018) which will come into effect from 1 January 2019.

This Industry Guide and accompanying Case Study provides an overview and scope of what is required to secure sustainable China market access for food exports. Topics covered include:

  • China Food Safety Law and e-Commerce Law
  • Relevant China regulatory bodies, including key roles and responsibilities
  • General Administration of Customs of China food import management systems, controls and sanctions
  • Various models used to facilitate import pathways

Click here to download the Guide.





Shalini Valecha, Manager Trade & Economics