Our integral test

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As well as actual exporters, we are also able to provide support to:

  • Australian small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) that participate in the supply chain of domestic resource projects (and related infrastructure)
  • Australian enterprises that participate in the supply chain of those domestic export projects that do not constitute resource projects (and related infrastructure)

In both cases, the goods or services that are provided must be integral to the performance of the ultimate export.

We have a formalised procedure in place to assess on a case-by-case basis whether the relevant goods or services are integral to the ultimate export.

We apply two key threshold tests to the company’s contract:

  1. We assess whether the provision of the goods or services genuinely fits within the export supply chain or merely constitutes the provision of business support services. This includes consideration of the extent to which the goods or services are key to the performance of the export contract, the implications for the export project if the goods or services are not provided, and how far removed the company’s contract is from the ultimate export.
  2. We then assign a risk score to the proposed facility that the provision of the goods or services is not integral. The score generally increases the further removed the company’s contract is from the ultimate export and to the extent to which its performance constitutes mere business support services.

Once the assessment is complete, the proposed facility is subject to an elevated approval process by Efic management. Details of recent supply chain support that we have provided on this basis are available on the transaction register.

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