China is Australia’s number one export market, our largest source of international students, our most valuable tourism market, a major source of foreign direct investment and our largest agricultural goods market. For several decades, exports and investment have underpinned the development of the Chinese economy. To maintain high levels of growth, the Chinese Government is encouraging a transition to services and consumption while pursuing more sustainable development.
More information on doing business in China
Critical trade updates: information for exporters
The Australian Government is aware of reports from Australian exporters experiencing issues with some goods entering Chinese ports.
For more information and support visit Austrade’s critical trade updates page.
The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA)
The entry into force of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) in December 2015 injected fresh impetus into an already strong trade and investment relationship, opening the door for Australian companies to penetrate more deeply into our largest export market.
Visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for information on how to access the agreement, including details of preferential tariff rates for Australian exporters through an online portal.
Learn more about ChAFTA
E-commerce in China: A guide for Australian business
E-commerce in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on how China’s e-commerce marketplaces work and how to access them.
Access the e-commerce Guide
Exporting food and beverage to China: A guide for Australian business
Exporting food and beverage to China: A guide for Australian business provides an overview of the Chinese food and beverage sector, market trends, consumer profiles, distribution channels, key regulations, and how to use social media as a promotional and sales tool.
Download the Exporting food and beverage to China guide (PDF)
Health and aged care in China: A guide for Australian business
Health and Aged Care in China: A Guide for Australian Business offers practical advice, facts and insights on entering China’s health and aged care markets.
Access the Health and Aged Care Guide
Download the China Aged Care Training Opportunities Map (PDF)
Complementary medicines in China: A guide for Australian business
Complementary medicines in China: A guide for Australian business offers practical advice, facts and insights on entering China’s complementary medicines market.
Download the Complementary Medicines Guide (PDF)