China is Australia's largest trading partner. Trade and investment with China is central to Australia's future prosperity. In 2016, China bought $93.5 billion of Australian exports, more than a quarter of Australia's total exports to the world; China is our top overseas market for agriculture, resources and services. Chinese investment in Australia has been growing strongly in recent years, reaching $87.2 billion by the end of 2016.
The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), which entered into force on 20 December 2015, has built on Australia's large and successful commercial relationship with China, by securing markets and providing Australians with even better access to China across a range of our key business interests, including goods, services and investment.
Trading under ChAFTA
The Guide to using ChAFTA to export or import goods page has more-detailed information about how you can make the most of ChAFTA.
You can find out how to make sure your goods qualify for tariff cuts on our ChAFTA and Certificates of Origin page.
The Australian Government, through Austrade, can provide more information about China on its market profile page. This includes information about how businesses in your sector are faring.
For more information about doing business in China and China’s business culture, visit Austrade’s Doing business with China page.
For more information about working with FTAs, visit the FTA Portal.
Learn more about using ChAFTA from our ChAFTA fact sheets and information page.