Brexit, FTA & Bilateral Research

Prospective Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

The UK and Australian governments have committed to ensure an expeditious transition to FTA negotiations when the UK has left the European Union (EU). EU rules provide that the UK may not commence FTA negotiations with third-country parties until after Brexit. 

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is now welcoming submissions from interested individuals and groups on the potential opportunities and impacts of a future Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the United Kingdom (UK). We encourage you to send your submissions and other ideas to the Chamber. We will include these in our submission to DFAT. Email these to:

 > Prospective Australia-United Kingdom Free Trade Agreement

UKCA Marking

The UKCA (UK Conformity Assessment) mark is the new UK product marking that will be required for certain products being placed on the market in Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland). It covers most products that previously required the CE mark. It will not be recognized in the EU market. Products that require CE marking will still need a CE marking to be sold in the EU.

Most CE marking certificates will not be recognized in Great Britain after 31 December 2021, so you may need to act now to continue to trade. If you currently hold a CE marking certificate issued by an EU27 notified body, you will need to get a new UKCA certificate issued by a UK approved body. BSI can provide this service. You must do this before the end of 2021. After this date your CE marking certificate will no longer be valid to place products on the market in Great Britain.

Download a copy of BSI's guide to UKCA Marking.
UK Government information can be found here.

HMRC guidance on cross-border movement of goods between the EU and the UK - 10 February 2021

The way the UK does business with the EU has changed. There are new customs and tax rules that you need to follow if your business moves goods:

  • between Great Britain and countries in the EU
  • or under the Northern Ireland Protocol.

Your business will be affected if you:

  • buy goods from an EU seller and bring them into the UK
  • send goods that you’ve sold to a buyer in an EU country
  • have not exchanged money but need to move equipment that you use for your business, between the UK and the EU.

Click here to read guidance.

UK Cross-Border Trade in Services with Australia

An analysis of market access for financial services firms by the City of London. 

Against the backdrop of the UK pursuing an independent trade policy, there is enhanced focus on the UK-Australia trading relationship .This report identifies policy areas where joint focus, either through free trade agreement negotiations or other trade tools such as mutual recognition agreements and regulatory dialogue, could address some common goals.

The report does so by seeking to understand the implications for UK based firms of the recent changes to the Australian licensing regime for foreign financial services providers. It also analyses the experiences of UK based firms doing business, or seeking to do business in Australia, in the fields of asset management, banking and payments. Finally, the report addresses some cross-cutting issues that have arisen out of our interviews and which affect firms across a range of sectors.

UK Cross-Border Trade in Services with Australia - July 2020

UK-Australia Mutual Recognition Agreement

The UK-Australia MRA contains the conditions under which each country will accept conformity assessment results from the other. It maintains the effects of the EU-Australia agreement in a bilateral context.

 > UK-Australia Mutual Recognition Agreement

Australian British Chamber of Commerce Horizon Scanning Workshops Report

Between March and December 2018, the Australian British Chamber of Commerce delivered on behalf of the British High Commission four workshops to discuss opportunities among the British Australian business community for closer trade and investment between Australia and the UK.

The workshops were held in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

In part, discussion at the workshops focused on what may be made possible through an eventual Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United Kingdom, after the UK leaves the European Union. 

 > Horizon Scanning Workshops - December 2018

Austrade, UK Department for International Trade, Australia-UK Chamber of Commerce and Australian British Chamber of Commerce Investment Report

This report shines a spotlight on the strength of the bilateral investment relationship between Australia and the UK. The $800 billion invested by companies across sectors such as defence, education, technology and finance is driving economic growth and prosperity and as Australia and the UK look towards a future tradng relationship, provides the best possible basis for a comprehensive and ambitious bilateral free trade agreement.

 > Strong Ties Growing Stronger 

City of London, International Investment Services and Australian British Chamber of Commerce Investment Reports

Commissioned by the City of London Corporation and produced by International Investment Service, this research forms part of the City’s ongoing programme of engagement and collaboration with Australia and New Zealand. This programme hopes to boost the UK’s trading and investment relationship with these two nations by highlighting the existing and future opportunities for UK financial and professional services companies in sectors such as FinTech, cyber security and asset management.

 > From Strength to Strength - February 2018

 > Building a Bridge - July 2018


If you are interested in becoming an integral part of the Chamber's programme of work in the FTA negotiations, become a Member today. 

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How the Chamber will Play Its Role

The Chamber will deliver a range of activities and programme to ensure that your voice is heard during the negotiations through the following:

  1. Provide advice to both countries negotiating teams
  2. Have access for Members to the Chief Negotiators from both sides
  3. Have access to Ministers from both countries
  4. Produce an initial submission that will frame the key issues for our Members
  5. Host events to develop and evolve the depth of understanding of the requirements of industry
  6. Produce research and reports in certain areas where further detail is required
  7. Produce a final submission to address areas raised throughout the consultation and negotiation
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  • Connectivity to the Chamber's vast network of over 25,000 individuals representing over 7,000 business, government and not-for-profit organisations

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  • Priority access to Event Sponsorship and opportunities
  • Opportunity to host events
  • Opportunity to contribute through thought leadership and editorial in our quarterly magazine
  • The Chamber will work closely with your team to foster relationships with your target organisations - up to 20 per annum
  • Dedicated ABCC account representative
  • Advertise in the monthly newsletter - 1 per annum
  • Additional opportunity to promote your business on the Chamber's social media pages - 5 per annum