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Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) FTA

About the Australia-Gulf Cooperation Council Free Trade Agreement negotiations

Australia and Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) share a significant economic relationship, encompassing trade and investment across a broad range of goods and services. The GCC is a key market for agricultural exports such as livestock, meat, dairy products, vegetables, sugar, wheat and other grains.

Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the GCC commenced in July 2007. Four rounds of GCC-Australia FTA negotiations were held, with the last one held in June 2009.

At the GCC Leader’s Summit in January 2021, the GCC renewed its interests in pursuing an FTA with Australia (and other key countries) as a priority market. Internal consultations have commenced on this development.

Last updated: May 2021.

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