Certificate of Australian Origin

 

What is a Certificate of Origin?
Why do I need a Certificate of Origin?
What is a Preferential Certificate of Origin?
What are the different types of Preferential Certificates of Origin?
How do I obtain a Certificate of Origin? 

 

What is a Certificate of Origin?

A Certificate of Australian Origin is documentary evidence that the goods are originating from Australia. Many customs measures relating to goods being imported into a country, in particular those relating to tariff & public health, depend for their administration on the origin of the goods.

The increasing number and complexity of the Free Trade Agreements (FTA's) has emphasised the importance of correctly identifying the origin of imports. That's why exporters need to obtain Certificates of Origin and Certified Declarations of Origin for each shipment. 

  

Why do I need a Certificate of Australian Origin?

A Certificate of Australian Origin is required:

  • To export certain goods from Australia
  • For customs clearance at the port of destination
  • As stipulated within the letter of credit (L/C)
  • Evidence of the goods origin when negotiating a sales contract

The certificates are used to clear your goods through customs at the destination country. Certificates of Origin can also be requested by the overseas buyer or the business receiving your goods. In some instances, the company receiving the goods will require a Certificate of Origin before authorising their bank to issue a letter of credit and payment.

You may find that on occasions, evidence that the goods originated from Australia can be requested from the potential buyer when negotiating the sales contract with you.

In accordance with some free trade agreements (FTA's), preferential Certificates of Origin are required by the importer to qualify for preferential tariff rates under the FTA. For example, under the provisions of China- Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), the ChAFTA Certificate of Origin is required and is available from CCIQ.

 

What is a Preferential Certificate of Origin?

The Preferential Certificate of Origin (COO) is a documentation requirement of a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTA's) Australia has in place with other countries.

The Preferential Certificate of Origin is evidence that the goods are originating from the territory of one or more parties of the particular FTA. For example, goods wholly obtained in Australia to be exported to Thailand – this is an applicable scenario under TAFTA & AANZFTA as Thailand is part of both FTA's.

The Preferential Certificate of Origin provides the overseas buyer with the strategic advantage of paying preferential duty rates. Translated into benefits, for you as an exporter that means that if a company from overseas imports a product from Australia in terms of customs duties payable, it will be cheaper than importing a similar product from another country that is not part of a free trade agreement. This is a great strategic advantage for exporters when negotiating export contracts.

What are the different types of Preferential Certificates of Origin?

At this stage, six Australian Free Trade Agreements require documentary evidence such as a Certificate of Origin.

  1. Thailand – Australia Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin (TAFTA)
  2. ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin (AANZFTA)- First Protocol
  3. Australia- Chile Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin (CAFTA)
  4. ACCI Australia-Korea Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin – (KAFTA)
  5. ACCI Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement Certificate of Origin – (JAEPA)
  6. ACCI China- Australia Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin ( ChAFTA)

A separate, valid Certificate of Origin or alternative documentary evidence in some instances is required for each shipment of goods attracting.

How to obtain a Certificate of Origin?
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Step 1: Complete the Exporter Information C04 Form to register your business with us. You have to complete the registration just once.

Step 2: E-mail your completed C04 form to CCIQ International Trade Services to exportdocs@cciq.com.au

Step 3: Once the completed C04 form is received, it will be processed on the same day and you can start submitting your Certificates of Origin for processing. Download a Certificate of Origin here.

Step 4: Submit your Certificate of Australian Origin through one of the below options:

We may request supporting evidence.

Step 5: You will need to forward the original (printed on A4 white paper, in colour, double sided) hard copy of the Certificate of Australian Origin to your importer.

Should you require any assistance with the above process, please give us a call on 07 3192 0150 or send us an email to exportdocs@cciq.com.au.

Our CCIQ Export Documentation Team is here to help.

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