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India, Australia sign free trade agreement, trade Probably “double in 5 years, generating a million jobs’

concluding an agreement that their leaders welcomed as a “watershed moment” and “one of The biggest economic doors there are open in The worldOn Saturday, India and Australia signed the Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (IndAus ECTA) which is set to provide zero-duty access to 96 percent of India’s exports to Australia including shipments from key sectors such as engineering goods, gemstones, jewelry and textiles, apparel and leather.

The bilateral agreement is expected to strengthen trade in Goods and services to 45-50 billion dollars over five years, up From about 27 billion dollars, generate over one million jobs in India, according to a government Appreciation.

agreement will also give About 85 percent of Australia’s exports zero-duty access For the Indian market, including charcoal, sheep meat, wool and below duty access on Australian wine, almonds, lentils and some fruits.

zero-duty access for Indian Goods set To be expanded to 100 percent over Five years under the agreement.

India, Australia sign free trade agreement, trade Probably “double in    5 years, generating a million jobs’

that it first Free Trade Agreement (FTA) signed by India with Basic developed country in over a decade. In February, India signed a free trade agreement with Emirates and it currently Action on Free Trade Agreements with Israel, Canada, the United Kingdom and the European Union.

The agreement was signed by the Minister of Trade and Industry Piyush Goyal and the Australian Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan in a virtual Ceremony attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

“This is it indeed watershed moment for “Our bilateral relationship,” Modi said, adding that the agreement would make it easier for Both countries To exchange students, professionals and tourists in In turn, it will strengthen relations.

Under the agreement, Indian graduates of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) will be awarded extended post-study work visas. Australia will also set up Visa Program for young Indians are looking forward to continuing the working holiday in Australia.

according to news Reuters Morrison who expected to call a general Elections within days, reporters in Tasmania that the Convention represents “one of The biggest economic doors there are open in The world Today”.

“This is not all deals or never as much as we are concernedsee all of This is like next step and the next step and the next step,” He said.

The agreement is expected to enter into force force After approval by the Australian Parliament.

Goyal said the agreement is expected to be strengthened trade between the two countries To 45-50 billion dollars within five years and generate over one million jobs in India.

Officials noted out This number of Indian exports currently face Tariff defect of 4-5% in Many labor-intensive sectors for competitors – those with Free Trade Agreements with Australia – such as China, Thailand and Vietnam. Officials said removing this barrier could boost merchandise exports significantly.

bilateral trade in Goods and services between India and Australia amounted to $27.5 billion in Fiscal year 2021. Goyal said merchandise exports to Australia have grown faster than exports to any other country in Fiscal year 2022.

Officials said India’s exports of goods and services to Australia are expected to reach $20 billion in FY2027 and $35 billion in FY2035, up From about 10.5 billion dollars in 2021.

Australian wine imports, almonds, lentils, oranges, tangerines, pears, apricots, strawberries set To take advantage of the reduced customs duties under the agreement.

India, however, excluded a number of Australian products from tariff cuts under an agreement to protect “sensitive sectors” including dairy, wheat, rice, chickpeas, beef, sugar, apples, toys and iron ore.

Australia set To take advantage of zero-duty access on coal that currently accounts for About 74 percent of Australia’s exports to India and currently attract duty of 2.5 percent.

eliminate of duties on Coke, which accounts for About 73 percent of Coal imports, is also It is expected to enhance competitiveness of Indian steel exports. zero-duty access for Australia set to cover 91 percent of Its exports by value and over 70 percent of Customs tariff lines in India over 10 years.

else key Australian products that will see tariffs removed upon conclusion of the agreement force Include liquefied natural gas, wool, sheep meat, alumina and mineral ores during customs duties on Avocado, onion, pistachio, macadamia, cashew inPeel, raspberry, raspberry, and blackberry set to be eliminated over Seven years.

Officials said the purchase is less cost raw materials Like alumina from Australia in India’s interest because it will strengthen international Competitiveness of Indian manufacturers.

Fewer duties will be provided on Products such as cotton, lentils, oranges, almonds and tangerines on Tariffrate Quotas that will see tariffs return to pre-agreement levels for imports above threshold quantities.

For example, lentil imports up to 1.5 thousand tons from Australia only attract total Import Taxes of 15% for 30% of homework on Lentil imports from countries with which India does not have trade agreements.

the agreement also includes strict rules of Origin to prevent any routing of other products countries and presents for Preventive mechanism to treat any sudden mutations in imports of Producer.

Fee concessions will be offered on Australian wine in in a phased manner on the prices. wine with Minimum import price of $5 per 750ml bottle reduced From 150 percent to 100 percent upon implementation of The agreement will be brought down to 50 percent over 10 years. Tariffs on Wine over $15 per 750ml bottle will be reduced to 75 percent upon conclusion of the agreement force It will be reduced to 25 percent over 10 years.

agreement will also allow for faster approval of Indian medicines by Australian regulators as approved use Inspection reports and approvals from Canada and the European Union in evaluation process for Indian pharmaceuticals and manufacturing facilities.

Australia has also Treat a long-term concern of Indian IT companies on double Taxes by agreeing to amend local tax laws to stop taxes of income abroad of Indian companies providing technical services to Australia.


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