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Trading with the US under the Treaty

In 2007, the Australian and the United States Governments signed the Treaty between the Government of Australia and the Government of the United States of America concerning Defense Trade Cooperation (the Treaty). The Treaty is intended to improve the efficiency of eligible two-way transfers between Australia and the US by facilitating the export of controlled goods within an Approved Community, without the need for an export licence. The Treaty came into force on 16 May 2013.

The scope of the Treaty is determined by three elements:

1. Transfers

Transfers under the Treaty can only be made between members of the Approved Community.

2. Articles

The particular articles (good, technology or service must be listed in Part 1 of the Defense Trade Cooperation Munitions List (DTCML). Part 2 of the DTCML lists those articles currently excluded from movement under the Treaty. For articles listed in Part 2, licence authorisations will be required for supply and access.

3. Activities

Four scope lists define the activities under which Treaty arrangements can be used to transfer defence articles:

You will find more detailed information about the Treaty, and how you can use it, at the US Trade Treaty website.

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