The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (also known as KAFTA) is a bilateral agreement to reduce trade and investment barriers between Australia and South Korea. The agreement was reached and came into force in 2014. Australia and South Korea have a strong and complementary trade relationship. According to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia and Korea “have one of the strongest and most complementary trade relations in the Asia-Pacific region. The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) reduces trade and investment barriers and allows Australians to do business with Korea, our fourth largest trading partner. [5] KAFTA has significantly improved the two-way reduction in tariffs on goods between Australia and Korea. By 2033, 99.7% of Australia`s exports will be tariff-free and by 2021, 100% of Korean exports will be duty-free. In order to help certain market segments adapt to this new regulatory framework, certain tariffs will be phased out, including for certain vehicles and parts, steel, chemicals, plastics and textiles, as well as clothing and footwear. Services account for about 80% of the Australian economy, but account for only 7% of the total value of two-way trade with Korea. KAFTA is a global, world-class agreement that significantly liberalizes Australia`s trade with Korea, our fourth largest trading partner. The agreement helps create a level playing field for Australian exporters that compete with those of the United States, the EU, Chile and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) that benefit from existing trade agreements with Korea. The main outcomes of the agreement`s entry into force are that KAFTA removes or reduces barriers to trade between Korea and Australia.

This benefits Australian companies wishing to export Australian products to Korea or import Korean products into Australia for sale. The full text of the agreement as well as useful information on FTAs and fact sheets are available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) For specific questions regarding the agreement, the E-Mail-KoreaFTA@dfat.gov.au or the DFAT phone on 02 6261 1111. Australia and Korea are natural economic, political and strategic partners with common values and interests. Korea is Australia`s third largest export market and its fourth largest trading partner in total, with a total of more than $30 billion in 2012-13. Austrade can help Australian companies become familiar with local market conditions and help develop export opportunities through a number of market and Australian services. As a result of KAFTA, more than 99% of Australian exports to Korea are eligible for duty-free or preferential access.