Bilateral Trade Agreements

The impasse at the World Trade Organisation has seen many countries respond by exploring bilateral and regional trade agreements.

The proliferation of bilateral agreements is characterised by imbalances in trading power, lack of adequate impacts assessment, and often more regulatory restrictions for governments than under the WTO.

Australia's completed bilateral agreements as of March 2016 are:

Singapore/Australia

Thailand/Australia

United States of America/Australia

Chile/Australia

ASEAN/New Zealand/Australia

Australia/New Zealand Closer Economic Relations

Malaysia/Australia

China/Australia

Japan/Australia

Korea/Australia

Australia is negotiating:

Trans-Pacific Partnership

PACER-plus

Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)

Indonesia/Australia

India/Australia

Gulf Cooperation Council/Australia

Trade In Services Agreement (TISA)