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BR International wishes to inform you that the Australian and Chinese governments are exchanging “diplomatic notes” today (December 9th) in relation to the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (CHAFTA), with the intent that CHAFTA will commence on December 20, 2015.   As per advice provided through our news bulletins in November, we therefore strongly recommend that our import clients begin requesting certificates of origin for any consignment sourced from China should you wish to take advantage of preferential rates of duty.  We again attach a template of the required certificate of origin and remind you that there are two bodies authorised to issue these certificates :-


  • AQSIQ ( General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine ) where the actual certificate will be issued by provincial Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureaus, which are administered by AQSIQ
  • The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade


Should you have any upcoming shipments for which a valid certificate of origin will be provided we ask that you inform your BR International Customer Service representative or Customs Broker  immediately.  Shipments cleared prior to the CHAFTA commencement date will not be eligible for refunds of customs duty so it is imperative that you advise us of your intentions.  Should you receive a certificate of origin after shipment clearance a refund of duty may be applied provided the shipment was lodged after the CHAFTA commencement date.

Please feel free to contact your BR International Customs Broker should you have any further queries in relation to this matter.

Keeping you updated,

BRi Customs Department

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