China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)

Overview

The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) entered into force on 20 December 2015.  Australia's Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Robb, signatory to ChAFTA, said “this historic agreement with our biggest trading partner will support future economic growth, job creation and higher living standards through increased goods and services trade, and investment. China, with its population of 1.4 billion people and rapidly rising middle class, presents enormous opportunities for Australian businesses well into the future.” 

Understanding ChAFTA

The full text of the agreement as well as helpful FTA information and factsheets are available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website. For specific questions on the agreement, email ChinaFTA@dfat.gov.au or phone DFAT on 02 6261 1111. Importers may wish to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (formerly Customs) at chafta@border.gov.au or on 1300 805 876, or visit www.border.gov.au/Busi/Free/China.

Doing business with China

Before entering the China business market, there are a number of factors to take into account including culture, politics and business etiquette. Austrade can help Australian companies familiarise themselves with local market conditions, as well as assist in developing export opportunities through a range of in-market and Australian-based services.

Please start by reviewing the extensive information about doing business in China.