Does Australia Have A Free Trade Agreement With Malaysia

42. The Contracting Parties are required to endeavour to settle, through consultations, any differences resulting from the implementation of the Chapter. Dispute resolution under NAFTA is possible if temporary entry has been refused, but only if conduct is ongoing and the natural persons concerned have exhausted available domestic remedies. 112. The MAFTA negotiations on labour and environmental issues have been made more difficult by the participation of Australia and Malaysia in parallel negotiations on the TPP and by the concern that MAFTA`s results on these issues have the potential to duplicate or be incompatible with possible TPP outcomes. Therefore, the two countries agreed to exchange side letters under MAFTA, confirming mutual understanding and agreement that it was appropriate to defer consideration of labour and environmental provisions to the TPP negotiations, as both countries are also parties to the TPP negotiations. Subsidiary letters indicating that the inclusion of labour and environmental provisions in NAFTA will be reviewed no later than two years after the entry into force of NAFTA or on another date agreed upon by the Parties. 2.27 In addition to the possibility of using the rule of origin, exporters may also choose which of the two applicable agreements, AANZFTA or NAFTA, will be applied to a given transaction. [27] 20. The chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary measures reaffirms that these measures will continue to be applied in accordance with the rights and obligations of the Contracting Parties under the WTO Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures. The Chapter contains provisions on agreements to enhance the exchange of information, cooperation and consultation between the Parties and provides in this regard for the establishment of contact points for the exchange of information and notification. It is also planned that an SPS working group will be set up to improve existing cooperation agreements between the Malaysia-Australia Agricultural Cooperation Group (MCWAAG). 148.

The services sector has generally supported the negotiation of a free trade agreement with Malaysia, reflecting the potential for significant export growth due to high barriers to market entry. Among the areas that NAFTA stakeholders highlighted as priorities for them were increasing foreign capital limits, issues related to the recognition of qualifications and other restrictions that have prevented them from entering the Malaysian market. Service actors have been closely consulted on emerging service outcomes, including market access. . the full text of the agreement containing the obligations set out in the chapters on establishment; goods; rules of origin; customs procedure; sanitary and phytosanitary measures; standards, technical rules and conformity assessment procedures; trade policy remedies; services; financial services; telecommunications; temporary free movement of natural persons; mutual recognition agreements; investments; intellectual property; competition policy; electronic commerce; economic and technical cooperation; transparency; general provisions and exceptions; consultations and dispute resolution; and the final provisions (see annex for chapter summaries). . . .

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