The third year of CHAFTA (China Australia Free Trade Agreement) comes into effect on 1 January 2017.
As a result, the duty rate on the majority of apparel items will reduce from 3.3% to 0% for goods imported into Australia from China
The amount of duty that is payable is calculated on the day the cargo arrives or the date the customs declaration is lodged whichever occurs last.
Cargo can arrive prior to 1 January but to take advantage of the reduced rates the customs import declaration must NOT be lodged until on or after this date.
Providing that the value of any additional costs associated with delaying the entry of the goods (e.g. wharf or airline storage) is less than the duty savings (and the goods are otherwise urgently required) delaying the entry of goods arriving around this time could result in significant savings.