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Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement

We provide the export documents required to trade with Thailand under TAFTA.

Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement

If you’re a producer or service provider, the TAFTA (Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement) gives you greater access to the Thai market and offers better prospects for business mobility and investment.

Prepare to export under TAFTA

To trade with Thailand under TAFTA, your business must satisfy the relevant export requirements.

Rule of Origin

Not all goods qualify for, or need, preferential tariff treatment. The TAFTA Rules of Origin test defines the country of origin when products are made wholly or partly in Australia and Thailand. You can find important information about TAFTA on the Austrade website or in the following documents:

Retain proof of goods’ originating status

To access preferential tariffs for your goods, the next step is to confirm whether they qualify as originating Australian goods. Please download the following documents:

How to register for the TAFTA as an exporter

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

  1. Download and complete: Deed of Declaration and the Authorised Signatory form
    • Deed of Declaration:
      • Each product that will be exported under the TAFTA is required to be listed on this form. Please note that when completing the TAFTA Certificate of Origin, the description of goods, origin and HS Code will need to match what is listed on the ‘Deed of Declaration’.
      • The Deed of Declaration can be updated to add or remove products at any time.
    • Authorised Signatory Form:
      • 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 forms to: export@victorianchamber.com.au
  3. Await registration approval:
    Registration will be processed within 5 working days. Upon registration completion you will receive a confirmation email with a VCCI TAFTA registration number and instructions stating how to lodge your application.                                                     
How to Apply for the TAFTA Certificate of Origin

Once registered, the TAFTA 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.

TAFTA registration fee

To register as an exporter to Thailand, a fee applies of $44 (incl. GST) applies. The fee is waived for Victorian Chamber members.

TAFTA Certificate of Origin

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

We are authorised to issue COs under TAFTA. 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 Thai customs. Your overseas buyer/receiver may also want a CO before paying you.

Please submit your TAFTA template to the Victorian Chamber 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 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 $42.00 $55.00

Export process tips

Speed up your export processes with these tips for completing the TAFTA form correctly:

  • CoOs can only be certified for Registered Exporters to Thailand
  • Registered Exporters are issued with a reference number upon approval of their registration. This number should be included in the CoO
  • Six-digit HS Codes for each product included on the CO must be listed
  • The specific HS codes noted on any CoO must match the codes noted on the Exporter’s Deed of Declaration, completed as part of the Exporter Registration process, otherwise the CoO cannot be issued
  • The “Origin Criterion” must also be included for each product by inserting “WO” for Wholly Obtained rules and “PS” for Product Specific rules in the column provided
  • CoO details must be typed – we are unable to accept handwritten forms
  • The phrase, which declares the goods meet the Australia-Thailand FTA Rules of Origin requirements, must be signed by an “Authorised Exporter Signatory”, in the space provided
  • All copies of the CoO must have an original signature
  • 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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