Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

The CPTPP was signed on 8 March 2018 in Chile and entered into force on 30 December 2018 for:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand, and 
  • Singapore; and on 14 January 2019 for
  • Vietnam

The CPTPP will enter into force for Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru 60 days after they complete their respective ratification processes.

This Agreement is a separate treaty that incorporates, by reference, the provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement (signed but not yet in force) with the exception of a limited set of provisions to be suspended. The 11 countries have a shared vision of the Agreement as a platform that is open to others to join if they are able to meet its high standards.

Importantly for Australia, the CPTPP ensures that the substantial market access package secured in the original CPTPP is maintained (i.e. covering goods and services market openings and commitments on regulations on foreign investment). This market access package will be implemented among the CPTPP Parties, delivering major new opportunities for Australian exporters, investors and firms engaged in international business. The outcome maintains the ambitious scope and high quality standards and rules of the original CPTPP. 

Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for comprehensive information on the CPTPP.

The text of the CPTPP is available at https://dfat.gov.au/trade/agreements/in-force/cptpp/official-documents/Pages/official-documents.aspx

Making the most of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

The CPTPP recognises the challenges facing Small and Medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in establishing export markets, and includes outcomes to help make this task easier in the CPTPP region. Further information can be found here:

Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Doing business in CPTPP markets

There is extensive information about doing business in CPTPP markets on this website. Please check under 'Country Profiles':

Other resources available include

  • DFAT’s FTA Portal
    The FTA Portal is a comprehensive resource for exporters, and importers of goods and services looking to explore the benefits of Australia’s current free trade agreements and how to apply for preferential treatment under those FTAs.
    FTA Portal
  • Guide to using CPTPP to export and import goods
    This guide has detailed information about how you can make the most of the CPTPP including how to make sure your goods qualify for tariff cuts. Guide to using CPTPP to export and import goods
  • Certificates of Origin
    Under the CPTPP, an importer may make a claim for preferential tariff treatment based on a Certification of Origin completed by:
    • an importer
    • an exporter, or
    • a producer
    Unlike other FTAs, under CPTPP this certification does not need to follow a prescribed format, however it must be in writing (including electronic) and must contain a set of minimum data requirements. A template to help you meet these requirements is available here: Attachment C: Guide to using CPTPP certification of origin for template example [DOCX]
  • FAQ
    Exporter and importer frequently asked questions