The China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will come into force as of December 20th 2015.
As per an earlier post NOT all goods are eligible for the new rates – the notable exception being Textile, Clothing and Footwear products
Imported goods that ARE eligible and arrive in Australia on or after the 20th December will be eligible for duty FREE entry if a valid certificate of origin is provided.
If a certificate is NOT available at the time of entry then the general duty will apply.
It is possible to retrospectively apply for a duty refund once a valid certificate of origin is obtained.
To qualify for ChAFTA the goods must be shipped directly from China to Australia.
Exceptions to this rule apply to goods of Chinese origin that are shipped from countries such as Hong Kong or Singapore providing that:
- The goods remain under customs control while in those countries
- The goods do not undergo any operation other than unloading, reloading, repacking, relabeling, splitting, temporary storage or any other operation required to preserve the goods in their required condition and,
- The goods remain in temporary storage for no longer than 12 months
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Disclaimer: Please note that the information provided above is general in nature and you should not rely on this information to make any decision without first checking on its relevance to
your specific situation.