Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Between China's Hong Kong, Australia Enters Into Force

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Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between China's Hong Kong, Australia enters into force

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Agreement signed between China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Australia entered into force on Friday, the HKSAR government announced

HONG KONG (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 17th Jan, 2020 ) :The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Investment Agreement signed between China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and Australia entered into force on Friday, the HKSAR government announced.

The agreements are expected to provide Hong Kong traders and investors with legal certainty and more favorable access to the Australian market, while creating more business opportunities and enhancing trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and Australia.

The FTA, the fourth FTA signed and taken effect within the current term of the HKSAR government, is a comprehensive and high-quality one covering trade in goods, trade in services, investment, government procurement, intellectual property, competition and other related areas, the HKSAR government's Trade and Industry Department said.

On trade in goods, all Hong Kong-originating goods can enter Australia tariff-free and via simplified procedures immediately upon the entry into force of the FTA.

On trade in services, the commitments made by Australia cover some 140 service sectors, encompassing those where Hong Kong has traditional strengths or has potential for development, such as professional, business, transport, financial and telecommunications services.

Under the FTA, Hong Kong service providers are able to enjoy market access and treatment no less favorable than Australia's local service providers under like circumstances.

On investment, Hong Kong investors can enjoy more favorable access to the Australian market under the FTA. In particular, the monetary thresholds for investment screening in a number of sectors have been raised.

Investors from both places will also benefit from the modern provisions on treatment and protection under the new Investment Agreement which, upon its entry into force, replaces the one signed in 1993.

Other benefits of the FTA include facilitative arrangements for business travel as well as provisions to facilitate access to each other's government procurement markets, effective protection of intellectual property rights and promotion of competition.

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