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November 2011 saw another trade surplus recorded for Australia, making it the ninth consecutive monthly trade surplus in 2011 and a welcome report at the start of the new year.

Agricultural export sales have bounced back in the 2010 - 11 financial year after years of drought and other weather disasters.

Tasmanian aquaculture supply business, Seafarm Systems, has commissioned Hobart shipbuilder Incat Tasmania to construct a catamaran equipped with net cleaning equipment for a leading operator in Norway’s salmon industry.

Australia’s strong trade performance persisted throughout October, in the face of a strong Australian dollar and uncertain global economic conditions, with a $1.6 billion surplus, according to figures from the ABS.

Project and export finance capability is being expanded in Australia for capital expenditure.

The outlook for the global economy has worsened in recent months as risks and uncertainties increase after what seemed to be encouraging signs at the end of 2010.

Australian toy company, Moose Enterprise has made global impacts with its new Trash Pack toy range. After it’s launch sold out in August, the company has sold over 10 million units worldwide, with 100 predicted for 2012.

Online shoppers are the winners when it comes to the strong AUD, with the Aussie boosting incomes from high commodity prices by increasing the community’s purchasing power of internationally produced goods and services.

After 18 years of negotiations Russia has been welcomed into the World Trade Organisation (WTO).

Gary Cronin of Exportise asks is there a problem for Australia’s long term economic growth if the mining industry cannot continue to dominate our exports?