ASEAN – The future starts here

Australia in ASEAN

Australia has a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) with ASEAN markets which support opportunities for Australian companies to capture business opportunities and play an increasingly important role in supporting regional trade ties across the Asia Pacific.

The following four guides provide businesses with an understanding of how to utilise the FTAs Australia has with Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and ASEAN as a whole. By highlighting the benefits of these FTAs, HSBC wants to support our clients’ businesses with ASEAN, as they enter or expand into new markets and drive stronger commercial ties with countries in our region.

Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA)

In May 2016, Australia and Singapore announced a new package of initiatives to advance the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP). Alongside the Third Review of SAFTA, this will further integrate the Singaporean and Australian economies by locking-in market access provisions and providing businesses with greater certainty in trade and investment in the future.

It offers favourable outcomes for Australian businesses that haven’t been extended to Singapore’s other trading partners. The following SAFTA toolkit offers a series of practical resources for accessing the opportunities under the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Singapore.


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Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA)

On 1 January 2005, Australia and Thailand entered an agreement that eliminated over 94 per cent of Thailand’s tariff and quota barriers on imports from Australia. In addition to removed or reduced tariff barriers, Australian companies can benefit from improved quality of Thai visas and work permits, and lower restrictions with increased protection on foreign investment into certain sectors in Thailand.

The following TAFTA Toolkit provides easy to understand and practical information on the tariff and non-tariff benefits that apply to a range of goods and services across most industry sectors under TAFTA. And explains how to navigate the TAFTA for your business in four simple steps.


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ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA)

ASEAN sits at the heart of various regional trade integration initiatives – some include all ASEAN member states, others a select few. The Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) is a comprehensive FTA between the 10 ASEAN Member States, Australia and New Zealand. The agreement began in 2010, and Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Indonesia were the last to enter in 2012.

The following AANZFTA toolkit offers a series of practical resources for companies to access the opportunities under this Free Trade Agreement. If you are exporting into any ASEAN country, it provides a useful guide on Australia’s two-way trade with ASEAN, which totalled A$96 billion in 2015.1


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Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA)

Malaysia has been at the forefront of promoting economic trade liberalisation, and committing to inward and outward investment into ASEAN and Australia1. On 1 January 2013, Australia and Malaysia entered an agreement that eliminated or reduced tariffs on almost all Australian goods exported to Malaysia.

The following MAFTA toolkit, provides practical information on how to navigate the agreement for your business. And some of the improvements to visa and work permit regulations, inbound investment, and trademarks and copyrights for Australian companies and their staff.


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