After much speculation, we have received confirmation originating from the office of The Hon Andrew Robb AO MP – Minister for Trade and Investment, that final notes were being exchanged yesterday (9 December 2015) and ChAFTA is set to enter into force on 20 December 2015.
A couple of key points to note include:
Certificates of Origin
The following Chinese Authorities will be the only powers able to issue Certificates of Origin [COO]:
– AQSIQ (General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine)
– CCPIT (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade: (China Council for the Promotion of International Trade).
Please note: COOs will not be issued prior to the commencement date of CHAFTA.
Duty free or 5%?
For further information regarding the change in duty rates and confirmation of whether your duty rates will or will not change on this date please feel free to call on 1300 651 888 or email me firstname.lastname@example.org