On the 17th June 2015 Australia and China officially signed a Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).
The Commencement date has now been confirmed as the 20th December 2015
WILL MY GOODS BE DUTY FREE?
The majority of goods will become duty free on commencement; however certain commodities will be subject to phasing rates of duty. Rules of origin and import product classification to determine duty free or phasing rates of duty at the DFAT web site via this document link:
DOCUMENTATION NEEDED TO QUALIFY
Certificates of origin
This will be documents issued by an official Government body or other approved body ( Copy of Template attached ). A Certificate of Origin (COO) will be required for each consignment. Australia will accept a COO issued before entry into force for goods en route but suppliers should contact authorised bodies for details on when they will begin issuing COO.
DO GOODS HAVE TO BE SHIPPED DIRECTLY?
Most trade between Australian and China will need to be direct. However, transhipment is permitted provided that the goods are not entered for customs purposes in the third country. This can be avoided through the use of a bonded warehouse.
WILL THIS AFFECT PRODUCTS WITH DUMPING DUTY
The Implementation of the FTA will not alter the level of existing dumping duties imposed on Chinese exports nor will it prevent or limit future applications for dumping duties.
If you require further information or need to discuss any matters, please do not hesitate to contact your representative at Sea Transport Management (WA).