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AU: DFAT trades facts on China deal

PSnews online: The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has issued a number of publications on the China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

According to the Department, there has been some misconceptions about the ChAFTA, signed in Canberra on 17 June, and the resources would help the community understand the landmark trade agreement with China.

It said the trade agreement also did not affect Australia’s science-based biosecurity system. “There are no changes to our quarantine and testing processes, which will continue to apply to food imports including berries,” DFAT said.

It said ChAFTA’s chapter on sanitary and phytosanitary issues aimed to strengthen information exchange and other cooperation at the technical level, and did not change or weakenany Australian food safety standards.

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