12 Sep Australia Free Trade Agreement With Chile
It was signed on 30 July 2008 and entered into force in the first quarter of 2009.  The agreement was due to enter into force on 1 January 2009, but it was delayed because Chile was unable to complete its ratification in time. Before the deal was passed, farmers and gardeners protested the deal in front of the Australian parliament. Protesters say the deal would harm Australian food producers by allowing cheap food from Chile.  Simon Crean, Australia`s trade minister, responded to farmers` concerns by saying tariffs were quite low or, in some cases, non-existent due to previous international trade agreements.  Trade between Chile and Australia is modest and amounted to $856 million in 2007. . . .