September 3, 2018: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo have announced the completion of talks for an FTA but as usual we won’t see the text until after it is signed in two months’ time, and the text can’t be changed.
March 20, 2018: Indonesia has initiated a WTO dispute alleging that Australia’s anti-dumping tariffs on Indonesian A4 copy paper break WTO rules, which allow anti-dumping measures if exports are priced below their real costs of production. This may delay the conclusion of the Indonesia-Australia FTA.
December 12, 2017: Fairfax Media has reported that there is ‘growing doubt’ that the Indonesia Australia free trade agreement (Indonesia Australia Comprehensive Economic Agreement or IA CEPA) will be finalised by the end of the year, as intended. Australian and Indonesian trade ministers will meet again in Argentina this week, after failing to conclude negotiations last month in Jakarta.
March 6, 2017: Indonesia is pushing for Australia to import more palm oil and paper products as negotiations for a bilateral deal continue.
28 February 2017: The Australian Government is pushing to finish negotiations for the free trade deal with Indonesia “as early as August”. While business groups are directly involved, there has been little communication with community groups.
20 September 2016
Trade with Indonesia continues to be a priority with an aim to finish the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) by mid-2017.
AFTINET has made a detailed submission to DFAT. Read on for a summary of our main concerns and recommendations.
15 August 2016
In light of fading TPP prospects, Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo is now setting his sights on other trade deals.
He has changed his rhetoric on the TPP, telling the AFR, "We don't put all our eggs in one basket. The TPP isn't the be-all and end-all of free trade.”
Indonesia and TiSA now top priorities