Australia–Thailand relations

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Map indicating locations of Thailand and Australia

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Australia–Thailand relations are foreign relations between Thailand and Australia. Thailand is represented through its embassy in Canberra and a consulate general in Sydney. Australia has an embassy in Bangkok. Formal diplomatic relations were established between the two nations in 1952[citation needed].

History[edit]

Monthly short term travel departures from Australia to Thailand since 1991

During the 2006 Thai coup d'état, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said "it's of grave concern to us that the government has been overthrown in this way." [1]

Trade[edit]

Monthly value of Australian merchandise exports to Thailand (A$ millions) since 1988
Monthly value of Thai merchandise exports to Australia (A$ millions) since 1988

In 2003, the two countries announced they would enter into a free trade agreement.[2] The Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) entered into force on 1 January 2005. TAFTA has facilitated increased two-way trade and investment, improved business mobility, increased transparency, encouraged international best practice, and promoted bilateral cooperation in a range of areas including customs procedures, government procurement, competition policy and intellectual property protection.[3]

Trade is significant between the two nations. In 2010, two-way trade in goods and services was worth more than A$19 billion.

The Agreement resulted in Thai tariffs on virtually all goods imported from Australia being eliminated by 1 January 2010.[4]

Mineral exports[edit]

Thailand is an important market for Australian aluminium and copper, and Australia is a significant supplier of coal to Thailand.:[4]

Tourism[edit]

Thailand is a significant tourist market for Australians with 400,000 Australians visiting Thailand each year. The Australia-Thailand aviation market is Australia’s 6th largest.[4] A number of airlines provide direct flights between Australia and Thailand including: Qantas, V Australia, Jetstar, British Airways, Thai Airways and Air Australia.

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