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    Aussie Exports
    My wife and I are looking to import products from Australia to the US.

    My wife is Australian and grew up in the greater Sydney area.

    Any good ideas welcome. We are not looking for container size shipments at this time, just a few dozens test market items.

    We would like to saty away from food and other perisable items.

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    Stuffed animals - Koala / Kangaroo / Tasmanian Devils etc
    Food is obvious but you want to stay away from that.
    Clothing - Acubra hats / Drizabone coats
    Aboriginal art - getting permission from Aboriginal elders may be difficult though

    That's all I can think of off the top of my head

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    I love my Acubra and Drizabone. I didn't even think about that.

    Aboriginal art is good I just don't know how to contcat anyone about that.

    Maybe her parents can look into that since they live in Australia.

    The one think I loved but can't remeber where I got it was the soda can cap to keep bees out. Any ideas on that?

    -T

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    Quote Originally Posted by net2ride
    I love my Acubra and Drizabone. I didn't even think about that.

    Aboriginal art is good I just don't know how to contcat anyone about that.

    Maybe her parents can look into that since they live in Australia.

    The one think I loved but can't remeber where I got it was the soda can cap to keep bees out. Any ideas on that?

    -T
    Cap to keep bee's out? Never heard of it sorry.

    Another is Ugg Boots which I think are really popular in America now. You know? Sheep skin boots. Also try R. M. Williams clothing too.

    Aboriginal art might be difficult but certainly not impossible. You would need to find an artist to work with and ensure they are comfortable with it all. You would also need elder approval to send the art overseas as it MAY contain sacred images etc.

    I don't know if it's of any help by try Austrade which is a Government run site "helping Australians do business around the world".

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    Thank You
    I appreciate your help.

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    Talking Greetings from Bega
    Hi ,

    as my moniker implies I'm from Bega - cheese capital of Australia. But you don't want cheese. I think the hat is a take off of the hat with corks on a string to keep the flies off. The bush is full of cattle and cattle produce stuff, other than milk for cheese, which in turn causes the blow fly problem.

    What about the traditional stereotypical aussie products opals, sapphire etc. or something from the surfing industry, or the merino wool industry, or specialise in products from small boutique "clean and green" businesses like hand made pure castellan soap by Redgum Soaps of Brogo ( NSW look them up on the net ).

    Ugg boots should be possible now the company using that name in Australia, which had been using it for 40 odd years, successfully won the right to keep using it after a large American Co registered the trademark ugg boot in the US and tried to sue the pants off them. Nothing comes between an Aussie and their ugg boots, in fact because its starting to get cold at night I' m wearing mine now.

    Be wary of the aboriginal art industry - it has become an industry with a lot of people making huge mark ups at the expense of the traditional artist or the value of real art erosing because of the ubiquitous Chinese rip offs ( unliscenced and pretty shoddy imitations) .

    What about a higher end item like digeridoos, then sell tapes, CDs, books on how to play the Dij and of course, because it really is very difficult ,the weekend retreats with specialist dij players? then team up with someone like clixgalore and put a Seaworld Nara banner ( gold coast QLD ) on your site.

    Pity you don't want food there is a great little company down here called the Disaster Bay Chilli Co which has come fantastic products like chilli wine, preserves and chilli chocolates and literally round the corner from me is the Tathra Beach Pickle factory who produce the most amazing sauves and condiments.

    RM Williams sells really well, or so I'm told, once people know about the boots they love them.

    Sorry if i'm raving a bit but but selling typical tourist souvenir items would seem a bit strange, people buy them because they are on holiday but it hard to imagine a market for stuffed koalas etc in the US.

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