Market profile

The United States of America (US) remains the world’s largest economy, with an annual gross domestic product (GDP) of over US$18 trillion (nominal) and a population of over 323 million people. The US is one of Australia’s most important trade and investment partners: the largest foreign investor in Australia, Australia’s largest foreign investment destination, and the fourth largest destination for Australian exports (2016).

The US is a leading engine of innovation and a critical research and development (R&D) partner for Australian businesses and institutions. The US market’s world leading consumer demand is an attractive opportunity for Australian exporters, but is highly competitive and diverse. Australia enjoys considerable market access advantages under the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA).

Read about Australia's Investment Footprint in the US - Mapping Australia's Foreign Direct Investment in the US (PDF 6.714MB)

More information on doing business in United States of America

Significant changes to US-bound air cargo screening requirements

On 1 July 2017, security requirements for US-bound air cargo came into force. If you have not yet made plans to comply with these requirements you must act now to secure you US - bound export air cargo business.

Find out more information about changes to air freight screening

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San Francisco Landing Pad

The Australian Government is establishing ‘landing pads’ in global innovation hubs including San Francisco, Berlin, Shanghai, Tel Aviv and Singapore, to provide a platform for market-ready startups to explore global opportunities.

The Landing Pad in San Francisco offers participants access to exclusive programming and customised workshops designed to accelerate their expansion in the United States.

Land in the Bay: The Australian entrepreneur’s guide to the San Francisco Bay Area

Review this new publication from Austrade for information on scaling a venture into the San Francisco Bay Area. The guide includes details on preparing for a United States expansion, the nuts and bolts of establishing and growing a company in the States, and an overview of the diverse resources available to Australian entrepreneurs during the journey. Download the guide (PDF 2.3MB)

United States market insights and opportunities


  • Imports from United States of America A$43,626 million
  • Exports to United States of America A$20,657 million
  • Capital Washington DC
  • Official Language English
  • Area 9,147,420 sq km
  • Population 323.3 million



Austrade METS Ignited Seminar
5 Mar 2018
The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and METS Ignited are hosting a seminar for ...
SXSW 2018 - Digital Games and Creative Technologies Delegation
12 Mar 2018
SXSW is a coveted global launch pad for startups, a hunting ground for tech investors and laboratory ...
World Agri-Tech Innovation Summit Delegation 2018
18 Mar 2018
Engage with key industry leaders and learn about opportunities in the US.
Australian Edtech Mission to the US and ASU+GSV Summit 2018
10 Apr 2018
Austrade and EduGrowth invite you to explore education opportunities in a targeted mission to the US ...

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Country brief

A comprehensive overview of political, economic and bilateral and regional trade agreements.

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Trade and economic fact sheet

Containing general information, recent economic indicators, Australia’s trade and investment relationship with United States of America and their global merchandise trade relationship that is updated twice a year.

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Australia's trade at a glanceAustralia's top ten trading partners

Free Trade Agreement

Information on Trade Agreements in force and in negotiation, plus market videos detailing insights and opportunities.

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Business risks

Bribery of Foreign Officials

OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises

Multinational Enterprises should be aware of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises that provide voluntary principles and standards for responsible business behaviour in a variety of areas, consistent with applicable domestic laws. These Guidelines are endorsed and promoted by the Australian Government.

IP Passport fact sheets

These fact sheets outline foreign Intellectual Property (IP) regimes and some of the issues and challenges which may be faced by Australian exporters.

Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative

The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) is a voluntary mechanism which promotes and supports improved governance in resource-rich countries through the full publication and verification of company payments and government revenues from oil, gas, and mining.

The EITI is supported by governments, industry, and non-government organisations around the world. The Australian Government supports the EITI and encourages Australian companies operating internationally to comply with its recommendations.

Bilateral agreements

Australia has social security agreements with several countries that address the issue of 'double super coverage' for employees sent to work overseas. To take advantage of these agreements, Australian employers sending employees overseas to work must apply to the Tax Office for a Certificate of coverage.

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Export grants

Need help with preparing and lodging your application? We can provide independent consultants to assist.

EMDG applications can be lodged by approved consultants.

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How Austrade can help

Austrade provides information, advice and range of trade services to assist Australian businesses reduce the time, cost and risk associated with exporting.

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