Hong Kong FTA

Overview

Australia and Hong Kong launched negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement in May 2017.

Hong Kong already has zero tariffs levels on Australian goods exports, so this agreement is mainly about services and “non-tariff barriers.”

Australia already has a bilateral investment treaty with Hong Kong (1993), which includes investor rights to sue governments (ISDS). This is the treaty that Philip Morris tried to use to sue the Australian Government over the cigarette plain packaging laws.

Possible FTA with Hong Kong

26 April 2017: The Australian Government is currently considering a free trade agreement with Hong Kong. At this stage, the Government has put out a press release signalling their intention and is currently inviting public submissions. Read on for our human rights and environmental sustainability concerns.