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Views sought on benefits of a Gulf countries free trade agreement

Export & Market Access

If you are currently exporting to Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) – Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE – APAL is interested in your views on the opportunities and benefits for Australian exporters, as well as details of any specific impediments to trade and investment that could be addressed as part of free trade agreement negotiations.

Australia and the GCC countries share a significant economic relationship, encompassing trade and investment across a broad range of goods and services.

Negotiations on free trade agreement (FTA) with the GCC commenced in July 2007 but have been paused since June 2009 after four rounds of negotiations. The initial pause was the result of an internal GCC review of its approach to trade agreements. At the GCC Leaders’ Summit in January 2021, the GCC renewed its interest in pursuing an FTA with Australia (and other key countries) as a priority market. Further information is available at

Please email your comments to All feedback provided will be de-identified in APAL’s submission to DFAT on behalf of the industry.

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