THE BOMEN freight hub and the Special Activation Precinct will become "powerful enablers" for the city's economic development and strengthen the exporting industry.
Local businesses have been exporting their products overseas for several years and have continued to show resilience as they battle droughts and the tough retail climate.
David Bardos, Port of Melbourne's business development manager, said more than 50 per cent of the city's exporting trade goes to China.
"This has intensified trade to other areas of Asia, including Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore, but capitalising on the government's push for the free trade agreements has significantly increased," Mr Bardos said.
"On a yearly basis, Wagga would export between 12,000 to 15,000 containers and that's not even considered busy.
"Companies like FlipScreen is doing extremely well and has been very strong in that category of machinery; Teys in the meat-protein market ... Riverina Oils has also done great in terms of adding value of ag-business."
The Wagga resident said the significant investment on infrastructure at Bomen and the Riverina Intermodal Freight and Logistics Hub will strengthen the trade industry.
"Also Wagga City Council's partnership with Visy - this will be one of the biggest freight operators," Mr Bardos said.
"This will create job opportunities and also through the government's support to enable infrastructure ... there will be a strong emphasis on rail and sustainability.
"This will create the opportunity for increased activity and production not only from Wagga, but also the eastern seaboard."
Mr Bardos said combining domestic and international trade from the RIFL Hub will become a "very powerful enabler" for economic development and sustainability in the freight and logistics area.
"There's water issues and the drought ... these organisations are pushing ahead with plans and making sure that they're producing what their core function is," he said.
"Borambola Wines is a testament to the resilience of the region and how the opportunities of how a boutique winery can be on the world stage as everyone else."
Borambola Wines has been exporting for more than 10 years and found that the European and United States markets are stronger than Asian countries.
"We export to Singapore, Vietnam, China, Holland, Norway and Denmark," said director Tim McMullen.
"At this stage the western European countries and the USA are looking for a higher quality product.
"The Asian countries are an emerging market and their price point is still very sensitive, but it's changing as they get more knowledge and popularity."
Borambola Wines export directly rather than through a third party and it has become a significant part of the business.
"It's quite involved and you have to be on your guard, know the pitfalls and how you conduct business overseas," Mr McMullen advised.
"You need to make sure those things are covered off before the products leave the shore, otherwise you could be caught out with stock over in a country where you don't have control over it.
"My recommendation is money up front, before it leaves the country, so that way you've been paid."
Mr McMullen said he has been caught out with payments and said any business looking to export must understand currencies and requirements.
"Things we see as a minor detail in our industry could be significant, particularly labeling," he said.
"Our focus is over delivering with everything that we do with our product and service.
"Locally we have good faith and loyalty with our product and what we do and that's not always the case with overseas, some are just chasing the best price."
Borambola Wines received an award for 'excellence in export' at the NSW Business Chamber Awards last week.
"When you're dealing with customers overseas, I think an award like this adds a bit of weight to your pitching," Mr McMullen said.
"I'd encourage anybody who has a product that they're looking at exporting in volumes, particularly in Asia," he said.
"The government does provide good resources to help you get started ... and gives advice on what markets are probably most suitable.
"Give it a go, it's great for the region ... the more we can encourage, will mean more jobs."
Small to medium aspiring and growing export-ready businesses can apply for the Export Market Development Grants scheme, which is a federal government financial assistance program.
NSW Treasury senior export adviser Wayne Murphy, based in Wagga, said this scheme encourages businesses to increase international marketing and promotion expenditure to achieve more sustainable international sales.
"It also provides businesses with an opportunity to enter and embed themselves in global value chains - something that encompasses 80 per cent of global trade," he said.
Businesses may receive a grant of up to $15,000 per application, to a maximum of eight annual grants.