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CHAFTA COMMENCEMENT DATE ANNOUNCED

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The following announcement was received yesterday through Freight and Trade Alliance and confirms ChAFTA (China-Australia Free Trade Agreement) will enter into force on 20 December. As previously reported, the key requirement for importers into Australia will be the certificate of origin (COO) which can only be issued by the below authorised bodies.

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ChAFTA - 20 December confirmed

After much speculation, we have just received confirmation from the office of The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP | Minister for Trade and Investment that notes are being exchanged today (9 December 2015) and ChAFTA will enter into force on 20 December 2015.

Certificates of Origin

We understand that the following Chinese Authorities will be able to issue Certificates of Origin [COO]:

· AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine) where the actual certificates will be issued by provincial Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus, which are administered by AQSIQ; and

· CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade: (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade).

Australia's authorised bodies are:

· the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry;

· the Australian Industry Group and affiliated bodies; and

· the Australian Grape and Wine Authority.

COOs will not be issued prior to the commencement date of CHAFTA.

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If you would like to discuss ChAFTA in further detail and any particular concerns you may have, please feel free to contact us at any time.