Australia and China have a remarkable trade and investment partnership based on shared interests, vision, and entrepreneurship. Since December 2015 the ChAFTA (China Australia Free Trade Agreement) has opened opportunities for growing business relationships between our countries.
Prepare to export under ChAFTA
To trade with China under ChAFTA, your business must satisfy the relevant export requirements. You can find important information about ChAFTA on the Austrade website or download the Austrade Guide to Using ChAFTA to Import and Export Goods (PDF, 309KB).
Exporter registration process
When you are satisfied that your business meets ChAFTA exporting requirements, you can apply for an exporter registration number. To do this, please complete the ChAFTA Exporter Information Form (PDF, 146KB) and email it through to the email address on the form, include all signatories who are authorised to sign Certificates of Origin (CO) on behalf of the business.
Once your registration form is received, we will send you an email confirmation including your Australian Chamber exporter registration number and an approved ChAFTA template. You can use this template to apply or you can use an online service.
ChAFTA Certificate of Origin
Once you are a registered exporter, you are eligible to obtain a Certificate of Origin (CO) for each shipment of goods you send to China. Having a CO is a condition of trading under ChAFTA.
We are authorised to issue COs under ChAFTA. The CO certifies that your goods are FTA-compliant, allows them to qualify for preferential tariff rates and may be needed for your goods to clear Chinese customs. Your overseas buyer/receiver may also want a CO before paying you.
Please submit your ChAFTA template to the Victorian Chamber by post, in person or via our online services for certification. If you would like it to be returned by mail, please include a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
Note: your CO template must be typed and the exporter’s declaration signed by a nominated signatory for us to issue your certificate.
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Speed up your export processes with these tips for completing the ChAFTA form correctly
- ChAFTA only applies for shipments going to China – Hong Kong & Taiwan are not part of this Free Trade Agreement
- Exporters name address and country to be added
- Box 2 Producer details – cannot leave this section blank. It must have producer details if known. Alternatively it must state: “Available to the competent authority or authorised body upon request”, if the producer is the same as the exporter, simply the word “SAME” or if the producer is unknown, the word “Unknown” is required
- Departure date is required even if it is ETD
- Vessel/Flight/Train/Vehicle No. – at a minimum the word ‘Airfreight’ or ‘Sea freight’ should be added if details are not known
- Port of loading required
- Port of discharge should be FINAL port of discharge and MUST BE in mainland China
- Issued Retrospectively to be selected if departure date has passed (including weekends)
- Item number to be added against each item – MAX OF 20 ITEMS ACCEPTED
- Marks and numbers on packages – can add container & seal details in this box
- Description of goods should be specific and detailed
- At the end of the description of goods there should be three asterisks appearing (***)
- Each item must have a HS code listed against it
- Each item must have an origin criterion against it
- Weight is required
- Invoice number and date is required
- Box 13 – Place, date and signature of authorised person must be added.