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22nd ASEAN Economic Ministers – Closer Economic Relations Consultations

The 22nd ASEAN Economic Ministers – Closer Economic Relations Consultations were held on 9 September 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States met with Australia and New Zealand counterparts. The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, represented Australia.

Ministers welcomed the AANZFTA General Review Stage One Report, assessing implementation of the Agreement to date, and tasked officials to release a public version. For Stage Two of the Review, officials will provide recommendations to Ministers in August 2018 on how to upgrade and improve AANZFTA. Ministers also endorsed the recommendations for taking forward work on non-tariff measures (NTM) under AANZFTA. The Australia-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce (AustCham ASEAN) and the ASEAN New Zealand Business Council (ANZBC) engaged with Ministers in a dialogue at the meeting.

Meeting of the 9th AANZFTA FTA Joint Committee

The Ninth Meeting of the FTA Joint Committee (FJC) was held in Auckland, New Zealand, from 30 May – 3 June 2017. Representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia and New Zealand, and staff from the ASEAN Secretariat, attended the Meeting, which was co-Chaired by:

  1. Ms Nor Ashikin Johari, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam, on behalf of the ASEAN Member States;
  2. Ms Julie-Ann Guivarra, Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Australia; and
  3. Mr Keawe Woodmore, Manager of FTA Implementation Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for New Zealand.

Key outcomes from the FJC included progress on the AANZFTA General Review Stage One Report assessing implementation of the Agreement to date, including documentation of lessons learnt; agreement for the Committee on Trade in Goods to prepare a report on the Non-Tariff Measures review including recommendations, for submission to Ministers; and progress on a project to monitor utilisation of AANZFTA tariff preferences.

Summary of Main Outcomes from the 9th FJC [PDF 437 KB]

21st ASEAN Economic Ministers – Closer Economic Relations Consultations

The 21st ASEAN Economic Ministers-Closer Economic Relations Consultations were held on 4 August 2016 in Vientiane, Lao PDR. Economic Ministers from the ten ASEAN Member States and Trade Ministers from Australia and New Zealand attended the meeting. Australia was represented by the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, The Hon. Steven Ciobo.

The key outcome of this meeting was the Ministerial endorsement of the Terms of Reference for the AANZFTA General Review. Ministers agreed that the General Review of the AANZFTA would take place in 2017.

The First Protocol fully implemented by 10 of 12 Parties on 1 April 2016

Since 1 April 2016, the following 10 Parties – Australia, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – only accept the new Certificate of Origin and new Operational Certification Procedures from Parties that have implemented the First Protocol. As Indonesia has not yet ratified the First Protocol, it will only issue and accept old Certificates of Origin and old Operational Certification Procedures.

Cambodia may issue old Certificates of Origin with old Operational Certification Procedures or new Certificates of Origin with new Operational Certification Procedures until it fully implements the First Protocol on 1 July 2016. Cambodia will also accept old Certificates of Origin with old Operational Certification Procedures or new Certificates of Origin with new Operational Certification Procedures until this date. From 1 July 2016, Cambodia will only accept the new Certificate of Origin and new Operational Certification Procedures from Parties that have implemented the First Protocol.

The Guide for Business: Using the First Protocol’ [PDF 467 KB] | [DOCX 355 KB] has been updated to reflect that 11 Parties have entered the First Protocol into force.

For more information please see For business.

Meeting of the 8th AANZFTA FTA Joint Committee

The Eighth Meeting of the FTA Joint Committee (FJC) was held in Melbourne, Australia from 14-18 March 2016. Representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia and New Zealand, and staff from the ASEAN Secretariat attended the Meeting, which was co-Chaired by:

  1. Ms Tutiaty Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam, on behalf of the AMS;
  2. Mr Michael Mugliston, Special Negotiator, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Australia; and
  3. Mr Greg Andrews, Head of FTA Implementation Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for New Zealand.

Key outcomes from the FJC included agreement to recommend for AEM-CER consideration that the General Review of AANZFTA commence in 2017; endorsement of Phase IV of the ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework; and agreement to the provision of design and gender expertise to select AECSP projects.

Summary of Main Outcomes from the 8th FJC

The First Protocol to Amend the AANZFTA will enter into force on 1 October 2015

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Australia notifies it has completed its internal requirements to enter the First Protocol to Amend the AANZFTA into force

On 1 September 2015, Australia notified the Parties to the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) that it had completed its internal requirements to enter the First Protocol to Amend the AANZFTA (First Protocol) into force.

Notification [DOCX 72 KB] | [PDF 66 KB]

Meeting of the 7th AANZFTA FTA Joint Committee

The Seventh Meeting of the FTA Joint Committee (FJC) was held in Bandung, Indonesia, from 29 June – 3 July 2015. Representatives from the ten ASEAN Member States, Australia and New Zealand, and staff from the ASEAN Secretariat attended the Meeting, which was co-Chaired by:

  1. Mr. Greg Andrews, Head of FTA Implementation Unit, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for New Zealand;
  2. Ms. Tutiaty Wahab, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam, on behalf of the ASEAN Member States (AMS); and
  3. Mr. Michael Mugliston, Special Negotiator, Free Trade Agreement Division, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for Australia.

Key outcomes from the FJC included to establish 1 October 2015 as the target date for entry-into-force by 10 AANZFTA Parties of the First Protocol to Amend the AANZFTA; to exchange schedules of reservations to the investment chapter before the next FJC meeting; and endorse the recommendations to be put to the ASEAN Economic Ministers - CER Trade Ministers meeting in August on post-2015 arrangements for economic cooperation under AANZFTA.

The next meeting of the FJC is scheduled to be held in Australia in early 2016. 

Summary of Main Outcomes from the 7th FJC [PDF]

August 2014 - Changes to Importing and Exporting under AANZFTA: Invitation for Public Input

The Minister for Trade and Investment, Mr Andrew Robb, and Ministers from the other eleven Parties to the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA), signed the First Protocol to Amend AANZFTA in Nay Pyi Taw, Burma, on 26 August 2014.

Media release: Signature of AANZFTA Protocol

The First Protocol to amend AANZFTA will reduce the information requirements imposed on business when completing certificates of origin, simplify the presentation of the Agreement's Rules of Origin, and provide for the use of HS 2012 nomenclature.

The full text of The First Protocol:

The First Protocol will now be subject to each of the AANZFTA Parties' domestic processes for acceptance of treaties and will enter-into-force only once these processes have been concluded for Australia, New Zealand and at least four members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN).1

In Australia's case, this will involve the First Protocol being tabled in Parliament for 20 joint sitting days, accompanied by a National Interest Analysis which explains the impact of the proposed treaty action on the national interest.  The Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) will invite public submissions on the First Protocol, and may hold public hearings on it, and will present a report to Parliament.  Following consideration of the report by the Government, necessary changes to regulation to implement the First Protocol will be introduced. 

Changes brought in by The First Protocol will affect all Australian importers and exporters that make use of the tariff commitments under the AANZFTA Agreement. It will also deliver opportunities for business that trade with AANZFTA Parties and have not previously made use of AANZFTA's tariff arrangements.

Attached is an Issues Paper which summarises the First Protocol, explains what it means for business, and invites public input on arrangements for ensuring that the First Protocol is implemented in a manner that is responsive to business needs and facilitates trade.

AANZFTA First Protocol Issues Paper [DOCX 822 KB] | [PDF 428 KB]

October 2013 - Important Notice to Exporters using AANZFTA to Export to Indonesia

Australian exporters have experienced on-going issues with the acceptance of AANZFTA COOs by the Directorate General of Customs and Excise (Indonesian Customs) for claims based on the Wholly Produced or Obtained criterion. Please read the following notice for more information:

Important Notice to Exporters using AANZFTA to Export to Indonesia [PDF 103 KB] - 4 October 2013

ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA (AANZFTA) enters into force for Indonesia

Australia welcomes entry-into-force for Indonesia on 10 January 2012. AANZFTA is now in force for all 12 signatories: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

At the inaugural Indonesia-Australia Annual Leaders' meeting, 20 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, Prime Minister Gillard and President Yudhoyono stated in their Joint Communique, “Great potential exists to promote trade and investment links between the two economies — the two largest in the region. We welcomed the entry into force of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and committed to commence negotiations on an Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement at the earliest opportunity”.

More information: ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand FTA.

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Last Updated: 24 November 2017