Free trade agreements

Free trade agreements (FTAs) support stronger trade and commercial links between countries.

What is a free trade agreement?

Free trade agreements (FTAs) are treaties between 2 or more countries. Australia has FTAs that are either bilaterial, between Australia and one other country, or regional, involving Australia and a group of countries.

They facilitate stronger trade and commercial links between the countries involved. FTAs cut tariffs when exporting between markets. They may also reduce some non-tariff barriers to trade.

FTAs around the world

Australia has 18 agreements, with over 20 countries, and is seeking to negotiate and implement more. The agreements include:

Under Ministerial guidance, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) leads whole-of-government efforts in international trade and investment negotiations. This includes FTA negotiations.

Austrade is the Australian Government’s international trade, education, and investment promotion agency. We work closely with the DFAT across a number of areas to promote trade and investment.  

Why FTAs and who they are for

FTAs aim to reduce or remove barriers to trade and investment. They can provide a competitive edge for Australian businesses, exporters, importers, producers, and investors to do business and seek opportunities.

Helping develop export opportunities

Austrade helps Australian companies familiarise themselves with local market conditions. We can also assist in developing export opportunities. This may be through a range of in-market and Australian-based services.

Find out more about the purpose and benefits of free trade agreements.

Do business with Australia

Austrade offers support, guidance and information for international investors and buyers.

Visit our Austrade international site.

Tariff finder tool

Find out what tariffs, taxes and trade remedies apply to export your goods using our Tariff finder tool.

More information

For more comprehensive information, read about Australia’s free trade agreements on the DFAT website.

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