Landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

imgresThe Prime Minister and the Minister for Trade and Investment announce a landmark China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) saying it will unlock substantial new benefits for Australians for years to come.

“ChAFTA will add billions to the economy, create jobs and drive higher living standards for Australians.

Australian businesses will have unprecedented access to the world’s second largest economy. It greatly enhances our competitive position in key areas such as agriculture, resources and energy, manufacturing exports, services and investment.

Building on trade deals already concluded with Korea and Japan, ChAFTA forms part of a powerful trifecta of agreements with Australia’s three largest export markets that account for more than 61 per cent of our exports of goods.

More than 85 per cent of Australian goods exports will be tariff free upon entry into force, rising to 93 per cent in four years. Some of these goods are currently subject to tariffs of up to 40 per cent.

On full implementation of ChAFTA, 95 per cent of Australian goods exports to China will be tariff free.”