The Department will accept that such a statement appears to prove that the goods comply with an AUSFTA rule of origin. The agreement also improves Australia`s services, trade and investment prospects, improves the regulatory and investment environment between the two countries and promotes increasing business mobility. The importer is not subject to a certificate of origin, customs declaration or other specific documents to enforce a preferential tariff rate. Article 19.2 states that “the parties recognize that it is inappropriate to promote trade or investment by weakening or reducing the protection of their respective environmental laws.” In the year following the agreement, Australian exports to the United States declined, while U.S. exports to Australia increased. This was followed by the International Monetary Fund`s prediction that the Australia-U.S. free trade agreement would slightly reduce the Australian economy due to the loss of trade with other countries. The IMF has estimated $US an additional US$5.25 billion a year to Australia under the free trade agreement, but only $US 2.97 billion in additional Australian exports to the United States each year.  It is not clear, however, that the deterioration of Australia`s trade deficit with the United States can be attributed solely to the free trade agreement. This could be a deferred effect of the appreciation of the Australian dollar against the U.S.
dollar between 2000 and 2003. The agreement requires the legal application of digital rights management systems, but an Australian legislative commission has issued a report indicating that this part of the treaty has a “serious error”: although the agreement provides for authorized exceptions allowing the use of devices to circumvent copyright, it also prohibits access to tools used to circumvent this type of copyright. The report speaks of an “unfortunate and inexcusable error”, a “monstrous error” and even a “mistake that borders on absurdity”. The Committee firmly believes that the government must find a solution to the error before implementing this part of the treaty.  For the purposes of the free trade agreement, this section defines an original character as such: the agreement expands the rights of patent holders. In the United States, the free trade agreement improved the overall trade deficit and generated a trade surplus with Australia, which increased by 31.7% in the first quarter of 2005 compared to the same period in 2004.