Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACl-FTA)

Overview

The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement (ACl-FTA) entered into force on 6 March 2009.

The Agreement covers trade in goods, services and investment and is the most comprehensive FTA Australia has negotiated with another agricultural producing country since the Closer Economic Relations Agreement with New Zealand.

It is also an important milestone in our growing engagement with the wider Latin American market.

Under the FTA, tariffs on all existing merchandise trade – in both directions – will be eliminated by 2015.

Significant commitments on services and investment will be made upon entry into force and the vast majority of Australian goods exported into Chile will enter duty free.

Major Australian exports to Chile include coal, civil engineering equipment, specialised machinery and vehicles and the FTA will support new trade and investment opportunities to Australia across a range of sectors, including:

  • mining and energy technology and services
  • engineering and consulting services
  • franchising
  • education and training
  • information technology
  • chemicals and industrial products and technologies
  • infrastructure.

Other areas that will benefit include energy (coal, LNG, renewable energy), agriculture (dairy, meat, ovine and bovine genetics, production technologies) and food and beverages, including wine.

Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for comprehensive information on the ACl-FTA.

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