Formed in 2000 as ‘The Southland Export Forum’ and re-branded in 2012, Export Southland works to achieve four main purposes:
- Represent exporters’ views on policy issues
- Promote networking, educational and social events
- Recognise significant business and individual contributions to the export sector
- Assist start-up export orientated businesses
Valuable sponsorship from South Port NZ Ltd and has meant Export Southland is open to both Chamber members, and non-members.
Businesses can attend and contribute at Export Southland events, training, and will receive regular information and updates, as well as make valuable connections. One of the highlights on the Export Southland calendar is the biannual Export Southland Awards.
Organised by the Export Southland committee, the Awards has become a prestigious and popular event on the Southland Chamber of Commerce calendar. It features a variety of quality local export food, an evening of entertainment, and offers the exporting industry a chance to acknowledge our local exporters, and provide an opportunity to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution within the Southland export sector.
Export Southland also provides opportunities to meet business people from a range of countries as from time-to-time we host incoming trade delegations and lead outgoing trade missions.
One of the highlights on the Southland Chamber of Commerce calendar is the biennial Export Southland Gala Dinner Awards.
Organised by the Export Southland Committee, the dinner has become a prestigious and popular event. It features a variety of quality local export food, an evening of entertainment and presentations.
The Dinner offers the exporting industry a chance to acknowledge exporters who best characterise the values of the exporting industry. The presentation includes the announcement of recipients of the Southland Export Trust Grant and the 2020 inaugural Graham Dick Memorial Trophy. In past years the grant has assisted many local export businesses towards developing their products and chosen international markets. The evening also provides an opportunity to recognise individuals who have made a significant contribution within the Southland export sector.
10 September 2019
Export Southland – EU NZ Free Trade Agreement breakfast
This morning at Bill Richardson Transport World Export Southland hosted Ali Hamilton, Lead Adviser and John Riley, Unit Manager, Trade Policy Engagement Unit from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
We heard about the latest on the EU - NZ free trade agreement and where negotiations were at.
Thank you to Geoff Finnerty, Chair and Trustee, Export Southland, who MC the event.