Indonesia-Australia trade deal provides savings for dairy exports

Indonesia-Australia trade deal provides savings for dairy exports

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Indonesian president Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Indonesian president Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Dairy exporters have welcomed the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA- CEPA) which came into force on Sunday.

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ALL tariffs on Australian dairy exports into Indonesia will eventually be scrapped as part of a new economic partnership agreement between the two countries, providing millions of dollars in savings for Australia's dairy industry.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA- CEPA), which came into force on Sunday, will build upon the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) by immediately removing existing tariffs on skim milk powder, whole milk powder and grated and powdered cheese.

Remaining tariffs on liquid milk will also be phased out by 2033, giving Australian dairy a competitive advantage over major dairy competitors in that market.

The agreement will also address non-tariff measures.

The Australian Dairy Industry Council has welcomed the deal, saying it will create a closer relationship with one of Australia's largest trading partners.

Indonesia is a large and growing importer of Australian dairy and is now ranked only behind China and Japan as Australia's third largest dairy export market on value terms.

In 2018/19, Australia exported 56,647 tonnes of dairy to the Indonesian market, valued at A$192 million.

"As Australia's close neighbour with strong existing ties with our dairy industry, launching IA-CEPA will enhance the naturally emerging opportunities that are presenting themselves in Indonesia," ADIC Chair Terry Richardson said.

"This is a positive result for the Australian dairy industry and we thank Trade Minister Simon Birmingham and the Australian Government for delivering this outcome."

The IA-CEPA and AANZFTA will collectively provide an estimated saving of over A$10.5 million in tariffs that would otherwise be levied on Australian dairy exports to Indonesia if neither agreement was in force, according to the ADIC.

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