Customs Duty Rate Changes: Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (Effective 1 April 2016)


As announced in DIBP (Customs) Notice No. 2016/07,  Through the Japan-Australian Economic Partnership Agreement, Australia has committed to reduce the rate of customs duty on certain Japanese originating goods.

Under this agreement the rate of customs duty for certain goods will be reduced progressively.

The next reduction of customs duty rates will occur on 1 April 2016 and will affect certain products types from the following commodities;

  • Plastic and rubber goods
  • Leather goods
  • Textile, clothing and footwear
  • Stone, plaster, cement, asbestos, mica or similar materials for use as components in motor vehicles
  • Base metal goods
  • Machinery and mechanical appliances
  • Electrical equipment
  • Motor vehicles
  • Precision instruments and apparatus
  • Miscellaneous manufactured goods

Note: the importation into Australia of asbestos or goods containing asbestos is prohibited under the Customs (Prohibited Imports) Regulations, unless certain permissions apply.

For any further enquiries, please contact your local customer service representative. 


Keeping you updated,

BRi Customs Department

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