Entry into force December 20th.
The Trade Minister Andrew Robb has confirmed that the China Australia Free Trade Agreement will start on December 20, opening the way for a first round of duty reduction and a second one on January 1, 2016.
It is advisable that you contact your suppliers to start the process of obtaining certificate of origin to be issued by the Chinese authorised bodies once the FTA starts. Note that shipments in transit/over the water after the FTA starts can still qualify for preferential duty rates as long as a certificate of origin is issued.
China’s authorised bodies are: AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) where the actual certificates will be issued by provincial Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus, which are administered by AQSIQ; and the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.
Further information about the FTA are available on Customs website below
Refer to Annex 3-A: Certificate of Origin
Should you have any questions please contact your Customs broker.
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