Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement: Fact sheets

E-Commerce

Summary

Australia and the United States have agreed not to impose customs duties on digital products or to discriminate in favour of one form of the same digital product over another. An online soundtrack, for example, will not be taxed differently to the same soundtrack on a compact disc.

Both countries have reaffirmed that products should not be discriminated against just because they are traded electronically. For example, an architectural plan delivered by email should be treated just the same as if it is delivered in the regular mail.

Australia and the United States will recognise digital certificates issued by each government (so that an Australian business can deal directly online with a US government entity). Online versions of customs documents will be made available and accepted as the equivalent of paper versions.

Gains for Australia