An export business from Barker could become Australia’s exporter of the year.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Australian Export Awards, celebrating the success of Australian products and services on the global stage.

Member for Baker Tony Pasin encouraged local exporters to enter the 56th annual awards, co-presented by Austrade and the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“Barker produces some of the highest quality export products in the country. Exporters from Barker such as Almond Co. Australia, Thomas Foods International, and Blue Lake Milling have been recognised through these awards in recent years.

Applicants first enter into the South Australian export awards program, Business SA Export Awards, before the winners progress to the finals of the national event in Canberra in December.

Applications are accepted across 13 national export award categories, including the new Emerging Exporters, Agribusiness, Manufacturing, Digital Technologies, e-Commerce, Health and Biotechnology, Regional Exporter and Small Business.

Australia’s exporters make a substantial contribution to our economy. Last year, the Australian Export Awards’ 77 national finalists generated more than $3.9 billion in export sales in 2016-17 and employed more than 31,000 people.

“Barker exporters are enjoying unprecedented access to the world as the Turnbull Government pursues Australia’s most ambitious trade agenda,” Mr Pasin said.

“Barker export businesses contribute significantly to the local economy and jobs and it would be great to see a local business recognised with a national award,” Mr Pasin said.

Visit for more information and how to enter. Applications for the South Australian awards close 31 July.