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Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

United Kingdom Formal Accession Request to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

On 1 February 2021, the United Kingdom (UK) formally requested accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), and on 2 June 2021, the CPTPP Commission agreed to formally commence accession negotiations with the United Kingdom.

On 31 March 2023, CPTPP Ministers met virtually to discuss the UK accession to the CPTPP and announced the substantial conclusion of negotiations.

Read Minister for Trade and Tourism, Senator the Hon Don Farrell’s media release on the substantial conclusion of the UK ‘s CPTPP accession.

Submissions received on the UK Accession to the CPTPP

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) invited submissions from interested individuals and groups on the opportunities and impacts of the UK's potential accession to the CPTPP. The following submission has been received:

About the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

The CPTPP was signed by the 11 countries on 8 March 2018 in Santiago, Chile.

The CPTPP entered into force on 30 December 2018 for:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore

on 14 January 2019 for:

  • Vietnam

on 19 September 2021 for:

  • Peru

on 29 November 2022 for:

  • Malaysia

and on 21 February 2023 for:

  • Chile

The CPTPP will enter into force for Brunei Darussalam 60 days after they complete their respective ratification processes. This website will be updated to reflect the entry into force dates for each of these countries.

This Agreement is a separate treaty that incorporates, by reference, the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement (signed but not yet in force), with the exception of a limited set of suspended provisions. The 11 countries have a shared vision of the CPTPP as a platform that is open to others to join if they are able to meet its high standards.

Importantly for Australia, the CPTPP ensures that the substantial market access package secured in the original TPP is maintained (i.e. covering goods and services market openings and commitments on regulations on foreign investment). This market access package will be implemented among the CPTPP Parties, delivering major new opportunities for Australian exporters, investors and firms engaged in international business. The CPTPP maintains the ambitious scope and high quality standards and rules of the original TPP.

Making the most of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The CPTPP recognises the challenges facing Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in establishing export markets, and includes outcomes to help make this task easier in the CPTPP region. Further information may be found here:

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Other resources available include:

  • DFAT's FTA Portal

    The FTA Portal is a comprehensive resource for exporters, and importers of goods and services looking to explore the benefits of Australia's current free trade agreements and how to apply for preferential treatment under those FTAs.

    FTA Portal

  • Guide to using CPTPP to export and import goods

    This guide has detailed information about how you can make the most of the CPTPP including how to make sure your goods qualify for tariff cuts.

    Guide to using CPTPP to export and import goods

  • Certificates of Origin

    Under the CPTPP, an importer may make a claim for preferential tariff treatment based on a Certification of Origin completed by:

    • an importer
    • an exporter, or
    • a producer

    Unlike other FTAs, under CPTPP this certification does not need to follow a prescribed format, however it must be in writing (including electronic) and must contain a set of minimum data requirements. A template to help you meet these requirements is available here:

    Attachment C: Guide to using CPTPP certification of origin for template example [DOCX]

  • FAQ

    Exporter and importer frequently asked questions

Other useful information includes:

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