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NNF 2016/003 China Australia Free Trade Agreement Update

China Australia Free Trade Agreement – Update

Notwithstanding the commentary provided in NNF 2016/001, the need to be mindful as to issues relating to Certificates of Origin or classification under ChAFTA and in terms of resolution of any certification/classification issues, the only source for such resolution is the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) (details as to that one of reference being provided in the NNF). One this issue, your industry Association was addressing, on average, 15 calls a day on ChAFTA since the commencement of the Agreement on 20 December and referred these issues to the DIBP for their information and commentary

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ChAFTA Certificates of Origin Issues

ChAFTA Certificates of Origin Issues

While the China Australia Free trade Agreement may only be nine (9) days old some key problems are being experienced by industry as regards certificates issued in China by the relevant regulatory or certification agencies. There has been a high level of enquires to the CBFCA as to the origin criteria being used for manufactured goods on Certificates of Origin ( CoO’s).From anecdotal evidence particularly as to Wholly Obtained Goods (WO) as referenced in Article 3.3 below it would appear that the certificate issuing authorities may be misreading sub article( j) of the Article.

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