Free trade agreements (FAs) offer a competitive advantage to Australian businesses. By removing and removing certain barriers to international trade and investment, free trade agreements benefit Australian exporters, importers, producers and investors. ESTV has opened markets for services such as life insurance and express deliveries, improved intellectual property protection and helped facilitate U.S. investment through predictable access and a stable business environment. For the first time, U.S. companies in many sectors are not allowed to compete with Australian government purchases. U.S. agricultural exports receive duty-free treatment, including processed food products, fruits and vegetables, corn and soybeans. The free trade agreement has also made progress in the area of e-commerce and access to the drug market. Do you need help accessing Free Trade Advantage? Check out the user manual (PDF 532KB) or email fta@austrade.gov.au free trade agreement offer a mechanism to facilitate trade in goods. Each agreement contains information and links to legislation, guidelines and opinions on rules of origin and access to preferential rates. Learn about tariff results and rules of origin for Australia`s free trade agreements through the FTA online portal. Free trade agreements are international agreements that remove or reduce certain barriers to trade and investment between two or more countries.

On November 13, 2002, the U.S. Trade Representative announced to the U.S. Congress his intention to negotiate a free trade agreement with Australia. Negotiations began in March 2003 and were reached by agreement on 8 February 2004. On February 13, 2004, the President announced to Congress his intention to join the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement. The draft agreements were presented on 3 March 2004. The U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement was signed on May 18, 2004. Article 21.1 of the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA) provides for a joint committee to monitor the implementation of the agreement and to review trade relations between the parties. The committee is made up of government representatives, co-chaired by the U.S. Trade Representative and the Australian Trade Minister or their representative. The Joint Committee meets periodically each year to review the overall functioning of the Agreement, review and examine specific issues related to its activities, review and adopt amendments, facilitate the prevention and resolution of disputes arising from the Agreement, and interpret the Agreement; Explore opportunities to improve trade relations between the parties; and take any other action agreed upon by the parties. Draft Free Trade Agreement with Australia (AUSFTA) Australia has presented trade initiatives or trade agreements with countries or groups of countries in the table below.

On December 6, 2017, the United States and Australia held the sixth joint committee meeting of the U.S.-Australia Free Trade Agreement to verify the implementation of the agreement, including specific issues related to trade in goods and services and issues related to intellectual property rights and investment. On March 3, 2004, the USTR released draft free trade agreements between the United States and Australia. The full text of each agreement and information on the status of the existing free trade agreements, concluded and under negotiation are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).