Outreach strategy

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership: Outreach

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a free trade agreement (FTA) between Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam.

The CPTPP entered into force on 30 December 2018 for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, and Singapore. The CPTPP entered into force on 14 January 2019 for Vietnam. The agreement will enter into force for Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia and Peru 60 days after they complete their respective ratification processes.

DFAT and Austrade are undertaking proactive advocacy to lift awareness and uptake of the CPTPP by Australian business.

DFAT’s Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership web pages

DFAT’s Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership webpages offer a range of practical resources that will help Australian importers and exporters to take advantage of the Agreement:

  • The full text of the CPTPP, plus side letters and tariff schedules
  • Outcomes documents, background documents and chapter summaries that provide plain-English descriptions relating to elements of the CPTPP, including the suspended provisions
  • A guide for businesses and individuals wanting to use the CPTPP to export and import goods
  • Information on for businesses and individuals about CPTPP Certificates of Origin
  • A News section that provides updates on the First CPTPP Commission Meeting held in Tokyo on 19 January 2019. The Commission is the decision-making body of the CPTPP, which was established when the CPTPP entered into force.
  • A document addressing exporter and importer frequently asked questions

Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Portal

The FTA Portal is a user-friendly Australian Government website that provides easy access to information for exporters, importers, and other stakeholders seeking to access the benefits of Australia’s free trade agreements.  

Users of the FTA Portal can, for instance, search for the goods they want to export or import using keywords, find reduced free trade agreement tariff rates, and learn about origin certification requirements associated with each FTA. The Portal also includes guidance on selling services to customers in FTA partner countries, travelling overseas to supply services, and establishing an overseas presence.

Where more than one free trade agreement is available to an exporter or importer, the FTA Portal helps identify which agreement offers greater benefits.

DFAT added CPTPP goods outcomes to the Portal before 30 December 2018, with services outcomes to follow as soon as possible.

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Portal

FTA Information seminars

Austrade and DFAT continue to deliver FTA information seminars across Australia, including in regional centres. These seminars are opportunities for exporters, producers and interested members of the public to hear about Australia’s FTAs, including the CPTPP, and learn how to use them. For information on upcoming FTA Information seminars, please browse Austrade’s list of upcoming events.

DFAT and Austrade continue to support, where possible, the bespoke outreach efforts of industry bodies and other stakeholders relating to the CPTPP.

Social media

DFAT ‘s social media accounts (such as twitter, facebook and the DFAT blog) are platforms for promoting increased understanding and utilisation of the CPTPP. DFAT social media posts draw tariff outcomes and other benefits of the CPTPP to the attention of the wider public.

Contact points

Questions and queries about the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership can be emailed to tpp@dfat.gov.au or mailed to:

CPTPP FTA Coordinator
Regional Trade Agreements Division
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
RG Casey Building, John McEwen Crescent
BARTON ACT 0221

Questions and queries about the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership can be made via the telephone by calling DFAT on (02) 6261 1111.