The federal government is confident of finalising a free trade agreement with China before the end of the year.

Tasmania, an Australian state relatively free from most serious bee diseases, has opened up a niche export trade in live bees.

New trade agreements with Japan and South Korea will give Australian exporters unprecedented access to two of the world’s biggest markets.

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) announced yesterday will add billions of dollars to Australia’s economic growth over the next 20 years.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says his government as a priority will pursue free trade agreements with key developed economies, including Australia.