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China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

We provide the export documents required to trade with China under the ChAFTA.

China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

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, 303KB).

How to register for the ChAFTA as an exporter

  1. Download and complete: Exporter Information Form
    • Include ASIC Business Registration Certificate.
      ASIC Certificates are required to verify the business. Extracts cannot be accepted.
    • ASIC Certificate Types:
      • Businesses: ASIC Business Registration Certificate
      • Companies: ASIC Registration of a Company Certificate
      • Trading names: ASIC Business Name Registration Certificate 
    • Signatory List:
      • List of those who are registered to sign on Certificates of Origin.
      • Exact signature must be registered in order to apply for certificate of origin.
      • Signatures must be hand-written. Automated signatures cannot be accepted.
  2. Lodge registration application to:
    Send form and ASIC Certificate as 1 PDF to: export@victorianchamber.com.au
  3. Await registration approval:
    Registration turn-around timeframe is 2 working days. Please ensure paperwork is complete to avoid processing delays. 

    Upon registration completion you will receive a registration confirmation email, including details on how to lodge your application.
How to Apply for the ChAFTA Certificate of Origin

Once registered, the ChAFTA certificate of origin template is completed by the applicant and submitted via an online portal. Documentation is processed by a Victorian Chamber Trade Officer. Approved certificates can be printed out via the portal ready to send to the customer.

Further instructions are sent at time of registration.

Processing Times for Certificates of Origin

Applications are processed around 2 hours after lodgement. Documents cannot be expedited.

Cut-off for lodgement is 3.00pm (Monday – Friday). Documentations lodged after 3.00 PM or on the weekend are processed by 11.00 AM the next working day.

ChAFTA Certificate of Origin

Once you are a registered exporter, you are eligible to obtain a Certificate of Origin (CoO) for each shipment of goods you send to China. Having a CoO is a condition of trading under ChAFTA.

We are authorised to issue CoOs under ChAFTA. The CoO 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 CoO before paying you.

Please submit your ChAFTA template to the Victorian Chamber via our online services for certification

Note: your CoO template must be typed and the exporter’s declaration signed by a nominated signatory for us to issue your certificate.

Fees
  Members (incl. GST) Non-members (incl. GST)
Electronically $32.00 $45.00

Export process tips

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.

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