Call for submissions on Malaysia-Australia FTA

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is seeking submissions from businesses and other interested stakeholders on the Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement (MAFTA) to inform work on a General Review under Article 21.7 of the Agreement. In particular, we are keen to understand the impacts of MAFTA on businesses or other groups in the community since the Agreement entered into force on 1 January 2013.

DFAT is looking to understand how opportunities in Malaysia for Australian businesses may have grown and/or changed under MAFTA, and which may include the following:

whether conditions for access to the Malaysian market for Australian goods, services and investment have changed since MAFTA entered into force
whether there have been any factors that have affected your industry’s ability to expand exports or investment under MAFTA
whether the outcomes of MAFTA have met business and other stakeholder expectations
whether there have been any unintended impacts of MAFTA
the effect of MAFTA on any administrative or regulatory costs on business, and
whether there are remaining barriers to trade with, and investment in, Malaysia that might be addressed through a general review of MAFTA.
In your submission, you may wish to focus on how MAFTA has affected your business or sector. This may include information on changes to your exporting, importing or investment situation since entry into force of MAFTA, and significant changes to business conditions you may have experienced. We are also interested in hearing from businesses about how MAFTA may have affected their trade in specific goods or services with, or investment in, Malaysia, and would welcome product, service or investment-specific case studies.

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