DFAT asks for submissions on the Australia-UK FTA

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is welcoming submissions on the potential opportunities and impacts of a future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom (UK). 

The submissions may focus on specific market access challenges and other issues of importance in doing business with the UK. The information will assist the Government in determining Australia’s key priorities for a future FTA with the UK.

DFAT noted that especially helpful would be information on tariff and non-tariff barriers to goods and services trade and barriers to investment.

Observations based on experience in the UK or in other markets that may have some bearing upon a future FTA with the UK would be received with interest.

 Issues of particular interest include:

  • goods market access (tariffs and quotas)
  • biosecurity and food safety issues
  • regulatory issues
  • customs procedures
  • cross-border trade in services
  • financial services
  • investment, including investor-state dispute settlement
  • government procurement
  • intellectual property, including geographical indications
  • barriers to trade in emerging and innovative industries, e.g. biotechnology, artificial intelligence, IT incubators
  • movement of persons
  • competition policy
  • sustainable development

To learn more about the DFAT initiative, please click here.