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

This is a free trade agreement between Australia and 10 other Trans-Pacific countries.

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and 10 other Trans-Pacific countires.

Dates of the agreement

The CPTPP entered into force on 30 December 2018 for:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore.

The CPTPP entered into force on:

  • 14 January 2019 for Vietnam
  • 19 September 2021 for Peru
  • 29 November 2022 for Malaysia
  • 21 February 2023 for Chile
  • 12 July 2023 for Brunei Darussalam.

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. This covers goods and services market openings and commitments on regulations on foreign investment. This market access package will be implemented among the CPTPP Parties. It delivers 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.

Read CPTPP text and associated documents.

Making the most of the CPTPP

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

Read about Small and Medium-sized Enterprises and the CPTPP.

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.

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:

  • importers
  • exporters
  • producers

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: Attachment C: Guide to using CPTPP certification of origin for template example.

More information

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

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