Technical Regulations and Standards
- Australian exporters have greater opportunities to
understand and meet US requirements dealing with technical
regulations and standards.
- Requirements for food and manufactured goods, such as
labelling, packaging, testing and certification that products
conform to regulations, are covered.
- A framework for exporters to work with government in
tackling barriers has been established.
The AUSFTA builds on existing rights and obligations under
the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.
A mechanism to address issues raised by either Party related
to the development, adoption, application or enforcement of
standards, technical regulations or conformity assessment
procedures has been established.
Gains for Australia
In Australia, technical regulations for food and
manufactured goods are co-ordinated between the Commonwealth
and State and Territory Governments. In the US, standard
setting bodies are far more numerous and operate in
governmental and private spheres and at federal and sub-federal
A better understanding of respective technical regulations
and standards should lead to reduced production costs for
exports of food and manufactures. In turn, the savings can be
passed on to consumers and allow for greater choice of products
without diminishing their safety or reliability.