Free trade agreements also offer other benefits to Australia. They can be negotiated and implemented more quickly than multilateral agreements and can play an important role in creating and enforcing liberalisation rules for non-WTO trade and investment issues. Free trade agreements allow Australian exporters and investors to enjoy the same preferential access, or better preferential access, enjoyed by exporters and investors of our competitors. While Australia is not always as important as free trade agreements, it vigorously pursues its national interests in bilateral, regional and multilateral trade and investment activities, including the OECD, the G20 and APEC. The Australia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement is a preferential agreement between Australia and the United States, modelled on the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). AUSFTA was signed on May 18, 2004 and officially came into force on January 1, 2005. On July 15, both houses of the U.S. Congress strongly supported the free trade agreement. The agreement was also supported by Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) came into force on December 20, 2015.
Australian Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb, a signatory to ChAFTA, said: “This historic agreement with our largest trading partner will support future economic growth, job creation and a higher standard of living by increasing trade in goods and services and investment. China, with its 1.4 billion people and rapidly growing middle class, offers Australian businesses huge opportunities for the future. In this section, it was agreed on the conditions of fair trade between telecommunications industries in different countries. In particular, the rules exclude measures relating to the transmission or cable distribution of radio or television programmes. · Australia and the United States have agreed on e-commerce provisions that reflect the importance of the issue in world trade and the importance of providing products and services electronically as a key element of a dynamic e-commerce environment. Australia currently has 10 free trade agreements with 16 countries and other free trade agreements will come into force in the future. Is Australia pursuing free trade agreements to the exclusion of other trade liberalization opportunities? Are these free trade agreements used by Australian companies? Why is Australia so strong in free trade agreements? The full text of the agreement, as well as useful information and information sheets from the ACF, are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. For any specific questions regarding the agreement, e-mail ChinaFTA@dfat.gov.au or DFAT phone on 02 6261 1111. Importers can contact the Ministry of the Interior.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) remains the basis of Australia`s trade policy. Australia continues to work with other WTO members on the Doha post-round negotiating agenda. Australia also relies heavily on WTO rules and other key WTO tasks, such as the dispute settlement system, to maintain a predictable and stable global trading environment. The Rules of Origin section describes the rules for determining the origin of goods traded to determine eligibility, as well as the method of determining the value of goods traded. · The agreement is fully in line with the working objectives set by Congress in TPA.