Indonesia is Australia’s fifth largest export market for the trade of agricultural goods with wheat, live animals and sugar being major Australian exports. The current negotiations of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA CEPA) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) present substantial opportunities to deepen and strengthen Australia’s trading relationship with Indonesia.
The NFF considers existing red meat and cattle partnerships in the trade with Indonesia as a good model to expand to other agricultural sector. It is important that IA CEPA and RCEP improve transparency in Indonesian import policy procedures for all Australian imports. Australia can do much to build Indonesian capacity in terms of skills and this should also be pursued as a key pathway to address market access issues and improve trading relations between our two nations.