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Australia’s female exporters do not fit the stereotype of young, brash entrepreneurs, but are mostly highly experienced baby boomers, a new report has found.

Australia has recently concluded trade agreements with Asia’s three biggest economies – China, Japan and Korea – and Australia’s three largest export markets.

Many of Australia’s exporters are feeling more positive about what the coming year will bring, according to a new business survey.

Twelve of Australia’s top exporters were recognised for their outstanding achievements at an awards ceremony in Sydney last night.

With the trading spotlight now firmly on China, Korea and Japan following the recent signing of free trade agreements, the Philippines has become the “forgotten man” of Asia.

Austrade is planning a major promotion during next year’s ICC Cricket World Cup to foster international business links.

Austrade is partnering with state governments this month to conduct a series of seminars to give Australian companies a greater insight into doing business in the Middle East.

Though the number of Australian female business owners in export continues to grow, only a few of them have nominated themselves for the annual Australian Export Awards.

The Federal Budget slashed and burned its way through a swathe of industry support programs.

Australian importers and exporters have had a tough couple of years thanks to subdued global growth, volatile currencies and a mining-dominated Australian economy.