Free Trade Agreements

Our team’s extensive knowledge of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) has saved Western Australian businesses millions of dollars.

At the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia (CCIWA), our specialist International Trade and Investment Centre (ITIC) consultants can provide crucial money-saving advice on the 11 FTAs Australia has in force.

The 10 bilateral FTAs are with China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Chile, United States, Thailand, Singapore, Canada and New Zealand. Australia is also a party to one multilateral agreement with ASEAN nation-states and New Zealand.

FTAs make it cheaper and easier for you to import and export goods and services between Australia and many countries. Having a price or market entry advantage through an FTA is a more scientific approach to selecting markets to source goods for import or target them for export customers.

We’ll show you how and help you source goods and find overseas customers using CCIWA’s extensive resources and overseas networks.

The most recent agreements, with China, Japan and Korea, represent unprecedented opportunities for WA businesses to increased trade and in turn create more Australian jobs.

How do Free Trade Agreements benefit Australian business?

  • Eliminate barriers to give businesses better access to important markets
  • Offer protections to allow investment to flow freely
  • Improved competitive position for Australian exports
  • More prospects for attracting investors to Australia
  • Reduced import costs for Australian businesses and consumers alike

How we can help you:

Our FTA Hotline

1300 CCIWA FTA (1300 224 382) – will give you instant access to FTA experts who will advise you about accessing FTAs. They will also give you direct access to documentation essential to the importing and exporting success.

Our FTA workshops

Through the Australian Government Free Trade Agreements Training Provider Grant we conduct seminars, workshops and one-on-one training to help Western Australian businesses access opportunities and enter lucrative North Asian markets and build greater awareness and confidence in using Australia’s recently negotiated FTAs with China, Japan and Korea.

Other things to know

What are Rules of Origin and why are they important?

Rules of Origin (ROO) are the criteria used to determine whether imported goods are eligible for claiming preferential tariff rates for the purposes of international trade. ROO include specific conditions regarding the level of processing, verifying products are wholly obtained, produced or manufactured in an FTA partner country (e.g. Australia and/or China, Korea, Japan) before it can be classified as an originating product. Without ROO, an applicant is unable to claim tariff discount under an FTA.

What is a Certificate of Origin and do I need one?

A Certificate of Origin (COO) is a document that certifies the place of growth, production or manufacture of goods.

To acquire preferential market treatment when importing and exporting goods, you may be required to obtain a FTA specific COO from CCIWA to be eligible.

Find out more about Certificates of Origin and how we can help.

What is a HS Code?

In international trade agreements, products are identified by a system called the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS system). There are 5200 six-digit product categories to describe products for preferential tariff treatment. To find the HS code relating to these products head to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Free Trade Agreement Portal.

Market Reports 

CCIWA Free Trade Agreement Market reports for China, Korea and Japan highlight key agribusiness and food products which have confirmed market access, tariff discounts and confirmed market demand (at the time to publishing). The reports also contain a number of valuable insights into market conditions, compliance, access, consumer preferences and risk mitigation. 

CCIWA recommends agribusiness companies consider these reports as part of their export development strategy. 

Published July 2018. This activity received funding from the Australian Government as part of the Free Trade Agreement Training Prover Grant Program. The views expressed herein are not necessarily the views of the Commonwealth of Australia and the Commonwealth does not accept responsibility for any information or advice contained herein. 

Contact us

P: 1300 CCIWA FTA (1300 224 382)


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