The impact of free trade agreements on Australia – Research summary

  • Published: 25 Feb 2014

  • Author(s): Tulloh, Catherine, Jiang, Tingsong, Pearce, David

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This report examines the implications for Australian agriculture of recently implemented and potential future free trade agreements (FTAs). While Australia has been part of a general shift towards bilateral trade negotiations (with around 6 free trade agreements in force), there are some major trading partners with which Australia has not secured agreements while competitor exporting economies have.
There is a possibility that Australia’s exports will be displaced in key markets by its competitors who do have free trade agreements in place. At the same time, there are potential benefits from making new agreements with trading partners that would more than offset the effects of existing agreements where Australia is not a party.