ChAFTA stands for China-Australia Free Trade Agreement which entered into force on 20 December 2015.
ChAFTA eliminates or reduces barriers to trade in goods between Australia and our largest trading partner, China. This benefits Australian businesses that intend to or currently export goods of Australian origin to China, or intend to or currently import goods of Chinese origin for sale in Australia or for use as inputs into further manufacturing.
An ACCI ChAFTA Certificate of Origin is documentary evidence that goods originate in Australia or China in accordance with the provisions of the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
Only goods that originate in either China or Australia enjoy preferential tariff rates. ChAFTA preferential rules of origin are agreed criteria used to ensure that this is the case. These criteria are required to prevent trans-shipment, where goods from a third party are redirected through either China or Australia to avoid paying higher tariffs. Any imports into China or Australia that do not comply with the rules set out in Chapter 3 and Annex 2 of the agreement will be subject to the general rate of duty applied in Australia or China instead of the preferential tariff rates available under ChAFTA.
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