Free Trade Tool

The Export Council of Australia has developed an online tool for exporters who need information about tariffs in countries with which Australia has a Free Trade Agreement. The website (www.ftatool.com.au) is designed to help Australian exporters navigate the basics of Australia’s Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) quickly and easily. Exporters have the ability to search for a…

New container weighing rules

From 1 July 2016, the International Maritime Organisation’s Maritime Safety Committee approved amendments which will require that shippers verify the gross container weight prior to shipping. The mis-declaration of a container’s weight occurs often in international shipping and is reported to be as high as 20% of all containers at any given time are mis-declared. Impacts…

Australia’s Free Trade Agreements

Australia has nine Free Trade Agreements currently in force with New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, US, Chile, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) (with New Zealand), Malaysia, Korea and Japan. The countries covered by these FTAs account for 42 per cent of Australia’s total trade. Australia concluded FTA negotiations with China in November 2014.…