First time exporter/importer?
The Free Trade Agreement Portal makes it easier for you to get information about Australia's FTAs, including how to use them and their benefits, especially for current or future exporters and importers of goods and services.
Australia currently has free trade agreements in force with China, Japan, the United States, South Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand and Chile, as well as the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), with New Zealand.
Step 1. Search or browse for a product or service
By conducting a search or by browsing you’ll soon see whether your product or service is among the wide variety which benefit from tariff elimination or reduction, and be guided on whether your product may be eligible and how to certify this.
Step 2. Select an agreement for your product or service
Certain markets are covered by multiple free trade agreements. You may need to compare more than one agreement to determine which is better for your business.
Step 3. Check the tariff schedule for your product or modes of supply for your service
Use the search or browse function to look for your product or HS code (if you already know it) and the partner country to which you are exporting. The Portal will provide guidance on the FTA tariff rate that may apply. For services, simply click on the tabs for information on your desired mode of supply.
Step 4. Learn about the import market for your product
It can be useful to learn about your competition in market (currently only available for goods). The import market snapshot gives brief information relating to your searched product, such as other import source countries, the size of the import market and recent dynamics.
Step 5. Be guided on your product's eligibility
Once you've searched and found your product, the 'rules of origin' tab will take you through a step-by-step process to help assess if your product is likely to meet the rules of origin requirements of the FTA you're planning to export under.
Step 6. Check the certification requirements for your product
You may need to get FTA-specific documentation to show the goods you are exporting meet the FTA's rules of origin requirements. The documentation may be used by the importing country's customs authority to determine eligibility for preferential tariff treatment.
Enjoying the competitive benefits of an FTA is only one of many elements to consider when trading. The following information contains other useful Australian Government resources on trading, especially for small and medium enterprises:
Business.gov.au - provides tips, tools, templates and how-to guides through a trusted single point of entry for the Australian Government. For exporters, there is consolidated information covering quarantine controls, customs requirements, financial assistance, exporting goods online, protecting intellectual property and other topics.
Guide to exporting - Austrade's fifteen-point guide to exporting, from getting ready to export, through to strategy, marketing, risk management, financing, freight and logistics, and other topics. There is also linked information on export markets and grants.
Small business page - the Australian Treasury has gathered information and resources for small business, including those considering exporting.
Finance for Export - the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation provides information on export finance, including for small to medium enterprises and larger domestic exporters.
FTA seminar series - provides information on upcoming seminars on how you can take advantage of Australia's North Asia FTAs.