Market profile

China is Australia’s number one export market, our largest source of international students, our most valuable tourism market, a major source of foreign direct investment and our largest agricultural goods market. For several decades, exports and investment have underpinned the development of the Chinese economy. To maintain high levels of growth, the Chinese Government is encouraging a transition to services and consumption while pursuing more sustainable development.

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The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

The entry into force of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in December 2015 injected fresh impetus into an already strong trade and investment relationship, opening the door for Australian companies to penetrate more deeply into our largest export market.

Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for information on how to access the agreement, including details of preferential tariff rates for Australian exporters through an online portal.

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E-commerce in China: A guide for Australian business

E-commerce in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on how China’s e-commerce marketplaces work and how to access them.

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Health and aged care in China: A guide for Australian business

Health and Aged Care in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on entering China’s health and aged care markets.

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China's market insights and opportunities

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  • Imports from China A$64,201 million
  • Exports to China A$97,246 million
  • Capital Beijing
  • Official Language Mandarin
  • Area 9,388,211 sq km
  • Population 1,374.6 million


Australia China Business Council (ACBC): North Asia FTA Training Session for SMEs, Townsville
28 Oct 2016
Focusing on the technical aspects of ChAFTA and on the practical side of doing business with China.
The Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, Charles Sturt University: North Asia FTA Training Session for SMEs - Bathurst
31 Oct 2016
North Asia FTA Agribusiness Workshop: a training program to help small and medium sized agribusiness ...
North Asia Free Trade Agreement Information Seminar, Melbourne
2 Nov 2016
Find out about how you can take advantage of Australia's North Asia Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) wit ...
State of the Nation: China - China’s Digital Economy, Sydney
3 Nov 2016
The expert panellists will discuss how China is embracing a service and innovation lead economy as w ...

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