In the event of failure in Hong Kong next month, foreign minister Alexander Downer said Australia would speed ahead with "Plan B" to sign further bilateral and regional trade agreements.
Japan will hold its first joint study meetings separately with Switzerland and Australia next week in Tokyo to explore the possibility of concluding bilateral free trade agreements, the government said Wednesday.
Australia and New Zealand want a comprehensive free trade agreement with ASEAN, but some ASEAN nations have no competition policy, and reject any negotiations on intellectual property and government procurement.
For Australian manufacturing companies the key concessions of any FTA with China are only half the battle - the devil is in the detail.
Australia’s support of the US in Iraq could help local companies crack the huge US government contract market, an American consultant on the US-Australia FTA says.
Australian wool producers would reap a $780 million windfall if barriers to trade with China were ripped down, a new report has found.
India is exploring the possibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with Australia, of which a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would be a component, Kamal Nath, Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, said during discussions on Tuesday with Dr. Geoff Gallop, Premier of Western Australia.
Australia and Indonesia bolstered trading ties today, which could support efforts by Canberra and Wellington to forge a free trade agreement with ASEAN.
Australia and Japan have finalised the details of a planned free-trade feasibility study, Trade Minister Mark Vaile has said. But despite the breakthrough, Mr Vaile cautioned that any deal on a free trade agreement (FTA) was still a long way off and faced political hurdles.
Australia is urging South Korea to kick off negotiations for a free trade agreement (FTA) to facilitate a growing bilateral trade in raw materials, agricultural and manufactured goods, according to a senior Australian official.
The president of United Parcel Service (UPS) said today a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia and China could deliver the logistics giant a similar surge in business that followed the signing of the Australia-US FTA in May last year.
The process of negotiation for the possible Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is expected to be concluded by mid-2006, Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Rafidah Aziz said.
Australian Trade Minister Mark Vaile is to hold a round of free trade talks with his Malaysian counterpart at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur.
The free trade agreement (FTA) with the US could stifle Australian stem cell research, scientists and legal experts say.
There have already been some big winners out of Australia’s free-trade deal with the United States - American lawyers and lobbyists.
Japan’s Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Mineichi Iwanaga says Japan has no intention of concluding a free-trade agreement with Australia.
The much-vaunted free trade agreement with the United States has become one-sided, with no financial benefit to Australia.
It was meant to be the big breakthrough for Australian exporters — but official statistics show Australia’s exports to the US have fallen by 3 per cent since the start of the US free trade agreement.
AUSTRALIA and China are unlikely to start real negotiations for a free trade agreement this year, and it could take a long time to end up with a result that tackled "behind the border" issues, a senior trade official has warned.
Australian companies have raised serious concerns they may not be able to surmount Chinese regulations and restrictions ahead of the first in-depth free trade negotiations between the two countries.