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Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA)


The United States is the economic powerhouse of the world, with the largest and richest consumer market.

The Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), which came into effect on 1 January 2005, ensures greater access to the United States market for Australian products.

This Agreement also enhances prospects for Australian services, trade and investment, improves the regulatory and investment environment between the two countries, and promotes increased business mobility.

Please see the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for comprehensive information on the AUSFTA.

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Doing business in the United States

Before entering the US 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.

There is extensive information about doing business in the United States on this website.

Please check the USA profile under 'Country Profiles'.

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