22 May 2012
Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Senator Joe Ludwig, welcomed the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed today by Trade Minister Craig Emerson and his Malaysian counterpart, Mustapa Mohamed.
The agreement will allow annual increases in Australian exports of liquid milk at zero tariff, the immediate elimination of tariffs on processed foods and the phase out of tariffs on tropical fruit by 2016.
“Malaysia is our ninth largest market for Australian agricultural products and our seventh largest market for dairy products,” Minister Ludwig said.
“This agreement with Malaysia will offer increased opportunities for Australia’s farmers to export even more of their products to Malaysia. It builds on the outcomes already achieved under the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.
“The outcomes are especially relevant for liquid milk, tropical fruit, opening up greater markets for these important producers or ensuring their competitive position.”
Australian agribusiness exporters will also benefit from:
The agreement also provides for strengthened consultation arrangements, where market access issues can be addressed.
The agreement is expected to enter into force in 2013, following ratification in each country.
Malaysia is Australia’s tenth largest trading partner with two-way trade between Australia and Malaysia exceeding $16 billion in 2011.