Australia-Chile FTA

The Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement entered into force on 6 March 2009. It was Australia's fifth FTA and the first with a Latin American country.

The FTA covers goods, services and investment. From 1 January 2015, all tariffs were eliminated except sugar, which retains a tariff of six per cent for Australian exports to Chile. Since its entry into force there has been a significant increase in Australian companies operating in Chile and expanding their business in Latin America more broadly.

Then Minister for Foreign Affairs, Stephen Smith and his Chilean counterpart, Alejandro Foxley, signed the Australia-Chile FTA (ACIFTA) in Canberra on 30 July 2008. The text of the Agreement was tabled in the Australian Parliament on 17 June 2008.

Key interests and benefits

  • Elimination of almost 92 per cent of tariff lines covering 97 per cent of merchandise trade upon entry into force
  • Elimination of tariffs on all existing merchandise trade from 1 January 2015
  • National treatment for Australian goods, services and suppliers in the Chilean market for procurements above agreed value thresholds.
  • Locks in both sides' liberal services and investment regimes.
  • Locks in both sides' high standards of IP protection for patents, trademarks, geographical indications and copyright.

Last Updated: 1 August 2014

Chile market snapshot

  • GDP: US$258 billion (2014)
  • GDP per capita: GDP per capita: US$14,447 (2014)
  • Population: 17.8 million (2014)
  • Trade with Australia: AU$1.833 billion (2013-14)
  • Exports to Chile: AU$541 million (2013-14)
  • Imports from Chile: AU$1.292 billion (2013-14)

Contact us

  • Phone: +61 2 6261 3236
  • Fax: +61 2 6261 3629
  • Mail:
    South America and COALAR Section
    Americas and Africa Division
    Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
    R.G. Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
    BARTON ACT 0221

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