Invitation for submissions on non-tariff measures

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement

Review of Non-Tariff Measures

The Trade in Goods Chapter of the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) provides for the Trade in Goods Committee to undertake a review of non-tariff measures (NTMs) affecting trade in goods among the Parties, with a view to considering the scope for additional means to enhance the facilitation of trade in goods between the Parties. The Trade in Goods Committee is to provide an initial report on progress in its review of NTMs, including any recommendations, to the AANZFTA Joint Committee within two years from the entry into force of the Agreement.

The 2nd meeting of the AANZFTA Trade in Goods Committee, held in Melbourne on 23-26 November 2010, agreed that the Review would be launched at the 3rd meeting of the Committee, which is scheduled to be held in May 2011.

The review is to be conducted through an examination of available sources of information about NTMs affecting trade in goods among the Parties, identification of any gaps in existing transparency of NTMs, and identification of specific types of measures that should be the initial focus of the review during 2011.

Before the 3rd Trade in Goods Committee meeting, Parties are to exchange information on NTMs, including details of public sources for information about NTMs, such as information available on websites or through existing reporting and notification arrangements, including under AANZFTA and the WTO, and put forward proposals on specific types of measures for initial discussion.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is inviting submissions from interested members of the public on any NTMs of interest which they consider should be taken into consideration in the Review. The Review is an opportunity to consider any NTMs which may be restricting trade between AANZFTA Parties, and to consider whether there is scope through AANZFTA to address these NTMs. NTMs could include, but would not be limited to, measures applied by any of the Parties to AANZFTA such as:

Submissions should be forwarded, preferably by email, to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by Friday 18 March 2011, although submissions will continue to be accepted after this date.

Submissions should be sent to:

Submissions will be made publicly available on the DFAT website unless the author specifies otherwise.