Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)

The bilateral trade relationship between Australia and Malaysia reached a significant milestone with the signing of MAFTA.

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The Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) was signed in May 2012 and came into force on 1 January 2013. 

What MAFTA offers

Australian industries to benefit include:

  • milk
  • automotives
  • processed foods
  • plastics
  • chemicals
  • a range of manufactured products such as wine, iron, steel, and rice.

Significant gains have also been achieved for services and investment through access to majority ownership. This includes companies in a wide range of sectors such as:

  • education
  • financial
  • telecommunications
  • professional services.

Suppliers in other industries such as tourism, research and development and mining-related services will also be guaranteed the right to majority ownership.

Doing business in Malaysia

Before entering the Malaysian business market there are a number of factors to take into account. This includes culture, politics, and business etiquette.

Austrade can help 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.

To learn more about visas, tax requirements, priority business and product sectors visit Doing business in Malaysia.

MAFTA Tariff Finder

Find the applicable tariff using our Tariff finder tool.

More information

Please visit the MAFTA page on the DFAT website for comprehensive information.

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