Latest information on novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for exporters

This page has information to help Australian exporters manage the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on their business.

Advice for exporters

  • While it is still difficult to make accurate assessments, the disruption to trade and investment, and to the education and tourism sectors is significant.
  • Media reports of export bans are incorrect – no export bans have been imposed
  • Demand for high-end premium product is expected to slow, which will impact overall import demand.

We are aware a number of planned events and business activities in China, and/or events promoting business ties with China in Australia, may have been cancelled or postponed. Businesses are advised to contact their local Austrade office or Tradestart representative for up-to-date information.

Advice for travellers

The current travel advice from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for mainland China is ‘Level 4 – Do Not Travel’.

The Australian Government announced on 20 February 2020 that travel restrictions will be maintained for a further week to 29 February 2020.

On 22 February 2020, limited exemptions from travel restrictions were announced for Year 11 and 12 students who remain in China. Returning Australian citizens/permanent residents and their immediate family will be required to isolate themselves for 14 days after leaving mainland China.

For more information visit Department of Home Affairs

We urge businesses to subscribe to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smartraveller service to receive travel advice updates via email or text message. You can also follow Smartraveller on Twitter @smartraveller and Facebook @smartraveller.gov.au.

Going forward

Austrade is monitoring the impact on our clients and business more generally. We are working with our partners, industry and marketing bodies, and the education and tourism sectors, as well as state and territory governments to ensure businesses have access to relevant information that will assist them with decision-making and maintaining business continuity.

China will continue to offer Australian businesses significant opportunities and growth prospects. At the appropriate time, Austrade will look to assist businesses and our partner agencies with strategies and initiatives aimed at rebuilding business links and restoring confidence.

More information

DFAT’s Smartraveller has travel advice updates. Follow Smartraveller on Twitter @smartraveller and Facebook @smartraveller.gov.au.

The Department of Health has up-to-date health advice and resources.

The World Health Organization has daily updates on the coronavirus outbreak.

Austrade has over 100 locally engaged staff in China and their safety and security is our highest priority at this time. In accordance with the Chinese Government’s requirements, our staff in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu were on leave until 07 February 2020. Austrade staff in all offices in China have now resumed duties but are working from home.

Our office in Hong Kong remains open but staff are also working from home. Austrade’s Taipei office is operating normally.