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About free trade agreements (FTAs)

Frequently asked questions on FTAs

What is a free trade agreement?

A free trade agreement (FTA) is an international treaty between two or more economies that reduces or eliminates certain barriers to trade in goods and services, as well as investment.

How many free trade agreements does Australia have?

Australia has fifteen free trade agreements in force. For more information on Australia's free trade agreements, refer to Australia's free trade agreements (FTAs).

What are the benefits of free trade agreements?

Australia's prosperity depends on open trade and investment arrangements with other countries. Free trade agreements contribute to greater economic activity and job creation in Australia, and deliver opportunities for big and small Australian businesses to benefit from greater trade and investment. Read more about the benefits of FTAs.

How can I take advantage of Australia's free trade agreements?

Australian businesses can take advantage of free trade agreements – find out more by reading our guide for exporters and importers.

What is government doing to address non-tariff barriers?

The Government launched an Action Plan [PDF] in December 2018 to help Australian farmers and businesses tackle trade barriers, helping them get their goods and services into overseas markets faster, with greater ease and at a lower cost.\

We are making it easier for businesses to report non-tariff barriers that are restricting their exports, and find help to overcome them.

The Trade Barriers Gateway website provides an additional avenue for Australian businesses to report trade barriers they are facing overseas to the Government. Australian exporters can also raise their concerns with their industry association, as well as directly with government departments and agencies.

Australia's action plan seeks to clearly define responsibilities, expectations and processes to help to improve outcomes when Australian businesses face non-tariff barriers.

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