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United States - Australia Free Trade Agreement

United States of AmericaUnited States of America

Area of Cooperation

Agribusiness, automotive, building and construction, education, food and beverage, financial services, giftware, minerals and metal, mining equipment and services, professional services, rail equipment and services, information and communication technology

Sign Date

January 1, 2004

In Force Date

January 1, 1970


Signed in 2004 and in force since 2005, the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement opens up to Australia the world’s largest economy.  The United States is perhaps the most significant trading and investment partner to Australia as it aims to create a transparent business environment.  The United States will also allow Australia access to its market.



                                                               i.      Cross – Continental Bilateral


                                                               i.      “Economic Analysis of AUSFTA: Impact of the bilateral free trade agreement with the United States   http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/us_fta/economic_analysis_report/austfta_report_040428.pdf

                                                             ii.      “Effects of a Free Trade Agreement with the United States On Australia’s Multilateral and Regional Interests”       http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/us_fta/economic_analysis_report/austfta_report_040428.pdf

                                                            iii.      “Harmonization and Mutual Recognition of Product Standards in Europe: what options for an Australia/United States Free Trade Agreement”               http://www.apec.org.au/docs/fta2osb.pdf

                                                           iv.      “Managing Agriculture in the US-Australia FTA”           http://www.apec.org.au/docs/fta2gal.pdf

                                                             v.      “Facilitating Free Movement of People in an Australia-US FTA”                                                        http://www.apec.org.au/docs/fta2llo.pdf

                                                           vi.      “The Impact of an Australia-US Free Trade Agreement: Foreign Policy Challenges and Economic Opportunities”    http://www.apec.org.au/docs/fta2llo.pdf

                                                          vii.      “An Australia-USA Free Trade Agreement: Issues and Implications”                                                   http://www.dfat.gov.au/publications/aus_us_fta_mon/aus_us_fta_mon.pdf

                                                        viii.      “Agriculture: the strategic issues”                 

                                                           ix.      “Benefits of a Free Trade Area Between Australia and the US in the Context of Developments in the ‘New Economy’”  http://www.apec.org.au/docs/ftaxavier.PDF

                                                             x.      USA: Adjust rules of origin under US-Australia FTA”  http://www.fibre2fashion.com/news/daily-textile-industries-news/newsdetails.aspx?news_id=28404

                                                           xi.      “Fears FTA brings in contaminated blood”                  http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,20921906-1702,00.html

                                                          xii.      “Free trade deal may fast track nanotech”      

                                                        xiii.      “Exports surge after US trade deal”   

Additional Links

                                                                    i.      http://www.dfat.gov.au/trade/negotiations/us.html

                                                                   ii.      US Trade Rep:   http://www.ustr.gov/Trade_Agreements/Bilateral/Australia_FTA/US-Australia_FTA_Summary_of_the_Agreement.ht

iii.      Australia: