Mar 12, 2018

Media release – Agriculture to benefit from world’s biggest regional trade agreement

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP-11) signed in Chile on 8 March.
  • TPP-11 will give Australian farmers improved access to markets with a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion.
  • Will work with Australian agricultural industries to deliver new technical market access opportunities presented by the TPP-11.


Australian producers will have new and better access to markets with a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion including three of our top 10 agricultural trade markets—Japan, Vietnam and New Zealand.

The signing of the TPP-11 would provide preferential access for more than $5.5 billion of Australia’s dutiable agricultural exports.

Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud said the trade deal would have an immediate benefit for exporters and create brand new opportunities into two new markets – Canada and Mexico.

“This is the world’s largest ever regional trade agreement, creating huge opportunities for our beef, sheep, dairy, sugar, wool, wine and horticulture producers in current and new markets,” Minister Littleproud said.

“My department is supporting industry’s efforts to improve sheep meat export arrangements to Mexico, to capitalise on Mexico’s elimination of tariffs on sheep meat within 8 years of entry into force.

“Into Japan Australia is seeking to regain access for blueberries and improve market access for other horticulture commodities, including mangoes.

“Work is ongoing to establish technical market access for Australian beef exports to Peru to take advantage of market access outcomes from both the TPP-11 and the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

The Agreement will eliminate more than 98 percent of tariffs in the free trade area. Highlights include:

  • new reductions in Japan’s tariffs on beef (Australian exports worth $2.1 billion in 2016-17);
  • new access for dairy products into Japan, Canada and Mexico, including the elimination of a range of cheese tariffs into Japan covering over $100 million of trade;
  • new sugar access into the Japanese, Canadian and Mexican markets;
  • tariff reductions and new access for Australian cereals and grains exporters into Japan, including new access for rice products into Japan for the first time in 20 years;
  • elimination of all tariffs on sheepmeat, cotton and wool; and
  • elimination of tariffs on seafood, horticulture and wine.

“TPP-11 countries include Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam, creating a regional free trade area that links the Americas and Asia.

“Last year Australia exported around $12 billion worth of agricultural goods to the TPP-11 countries, so this is a real game changer with huge potential.”

Fast Facts:

  • The TPP-11 was signed by Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment on 8 March in Chile.
  • Australia exported around $12 billion worth of agricultural goods to TPP-11 countries in FY2016-17, representing close to 23 per cent of total exports of these products.
  • Since 1 January 2016 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has secured approximately 122 technical market access gains across a broad range of markets and commodities. This includes 54 for new market access, 11 restored, 43 improved and 14 maintained. This includes restoring access for cherries into Vietnam and new access for breeder sheep and goats to Canada.


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