· Engages both parties to authorize the seizure, forfeiture and destruction of counterfeit goods and unauthorized products as well as equipment used in their manufacture. In addition, there are plans to enforce goods in transit to prevent offenders from using ports or free trade areas to trade in pirated goods. In criminal and border matters, measures can be taken automatically to ensure more effective enforcement. · The agreement will provide a predictable framework for U.S. investors operating in Australia. All forms of investment are protected by the agreement, including companies, debts, concessions, contracts and intellectual property. Chapter 19 raises concerns that a relaxation of environmental legislation would allow the parties to obtain commercial benefits. · The agreement is fully in line with the working objectives set by Congress in TPA. Work commitments are part of the basic text of the trade agreement. The agreement contains, among other things, rules for the settlement of disputes between members of the telecommunications industry in one country with members of the other country.
The United States and Australia held the sixth meeting of the Joint Free Trade Committee between the United States and Australia on December 6, 2017 to verify the implementation of the agreement, including specific issues related to trade in goods and services and issues related to intellectual property and investment rights. · The emphasis is on promoting compliance through consultations, joint action plans and trade-enhancing remedies. · The « first-in-time, first-in-Right » principle applies to trademarks and geographical indications, so that the first person acquiring a right to a trademark or geographical indication is the person who has the right to use it. · Both sides are committed to setting a high level of environmental protection and not weakening or reducing environmental legislation in order to attract trade and investment. The Agriculture section of the agreement describes the system of removing most tariffs on agricultural products traded between the two countries. It also agrees to eliminate export subsidies if the quantity of goods in question is exported to one of the two countries of the party. Latham reacted unexpectedly by subordinating laboratory support to the free trade agreement to an amendment that would protect PBS.  This effectively turned the situation around to Howard: if the government rejected the amendment as unnecessary, it opened up to assertions that it does not protect Australian interests; while he supported the amendment, he tacitly acknowledged that the initial terms of the agreement were insufficient. The bill was eventually amended and passed. · This is the largest immediate reduction in industrial tariffs ever achieved in the case of a U.S.
free trade agreement, and will bring immediate benefits to U.S. workers and businesses in the manufacturing industry. U.S. producers estimate that the abolition of tariffs could result in $2 billion a year in increasing U.S. exports of industrial products. o Beef: U.S. quota tariffs will expire over an 18-year period. The initial increase in imports from Australia under the QRS quota will represent approximately 0.17% of U.S. imports.