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Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

We provide the export documents required to trade with Japan under the JAEPA.

Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement

Since 2015, the JAEPA (Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement) has made it easier for Australian farmers, manufacturers, exporters and service providers to do business in and with Japan.

Prepare to export under JAEPA

To trade with Japan under JAEPA, your business must satisfy the relevant export requirements. You can find important information about JAEPA on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website or download the Austrade Guide to Using JAEPA to Import and Export Goods (PDF, 628KB).

How to register for the JAEPA as an exporter

When you are satisfied that your business meets JAEPA exporting requirements, you can apply to register for the JAEPA by following the instructions below:

  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:
  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 JAEPA Certificate of Origin

Once registered, the JAEPA 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.

JAEPA Certificate of Origin

Once you are a registered exporter, you are eligible to obtain a CoO for each shipment of goods you send to Japan. Having a CoO is a condition of trading under JAEPA.

We are authorised to issue CoOs under JAEPA. 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 Japanese customs. Your overseas buyer/receiver may also want a CoO before paying you.

Please submit your JAEPA 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.

  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 JAEPA form correctly:

  • CoOs can only be certified for Registered Exporters to Japan
  • Six-digit HS Codes for each product included on the CoO must be listed
  • The “Origin Criterion” must also be included for each product
  • CoO details must be typed – we are unable to accept handwritten forms
  • Box 11, ‘Declaration by the Exporter’, must be signed by an “Authorised Exporter Signatory”, in the space provided as well as the place, date, name of authorised signatory and company name
  • If completed manually, please ensure that sufficient copies are provided and be sure to include an additional copy, which is retained by the Victorian Chamber for auditing purposes
  • We are unable to certify any CoO containing corrections or deletions.

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