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  • Australia and the United States agreed to eliminate customs duties on almost all automotive products from the day the agreement entered into force.
  • The 2.5 per cent duty on passenger motor vehicles, the 25 per cent tariff on light commercial vehicles, and tariffs on auto parts and accessories exports were immediately eliminated.
  • Australian duties on passenger motor vehicles were phased out to zero in 2010.


The United States agreed to remove, from day one, all
tariffs on automotive products. For most automotive
products, US tariffs were generally low. Australian tariffs on
finished passenger motor vehicles are being phased out by

Australia's tariffs on all other automotive goods, in
particular car parts and commercial vehicles, were eliminated
from day one of the Agreement.

Gains for Australia

The United States is the largest market in the world for
autos and auto parts. The AUSFTA assists with the
integration of Australian manufacturers into the US market.
Though US tariffs on automotive parts are relatively
low, their removal will provide Australian manufacturers with
an edge against competitors from other US import markets in an
industry where margins are slim.

Last Updated: 14 November 2012
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