The United States has had a free trade agreement with Australia since 2005. Australia is generally active in international trading fora and strongly supports greater U.S. economic engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, making it a key strategic ally. However, Australia has a stringent quarantine regime that restricts or bans the import of many agricultural products. Australia is participating in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, offering further opportunities to break down trade barriers and expand market access for U.S. food and agricultural products.
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