Canberra Business Chamber can help you with all of your international customs and export documentation needs. The Canberra Business Chamber is  the only body in the ACT that is authorised to issue Certificates of Origin.

The right paperwork makes the export process run smoothly. We can advise you on which forms you’ll need, who can provide (often we can) and how to complete them.

Certificate of Origin

What is Certificate of Origin?

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 (FTAs) 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?

Certificate of Australian Origin is required:

  • To export certain goods from Australia
  • For customs clearance at the port of destination
  • As stipulated in the letter of credit (L/C)
  • Evidence of the goods origin when negotiating 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 originate from Australia can be requested from the potential buyer when negotiating the sales contract with you.

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

What is Preferential Certificate of Origin?

The preferential Certificate of Origin (COO) is a documentation requirement of a number of Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) 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 – applicable scenario under TAFTA & AANZFTA as Thailand is part of both.

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 not part of a free trade agreement, which is a great strategic advantage for exporters when negotiating export contracts.

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 Canberra Business Chamber to trade@canberrabusiness.com

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

Step 4: Submit you Certificate of Australian Origin by –

We may request supporting evidence.

Step 5: If you choose to email, forward the original printed in color hard copy of the Certificate of Australian Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com.

Members $35
Non-Members $55

Australia and China have a remarkable trade and investment partnership based on shared interests, vision, and entrepreneurship. The new China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) marks a new era in this relationship, so now is a great time to kick-start your China strategy.

Read the rules and register for your ChAFTA Certificate of Origin

  The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was implemented in December 2015, so now is the time to prepare your business to take advantage of it.

We are authorised to issue Certificates of Origin (CO) under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA). The CO certifies that your goods are FTA-compliant and having one is a condition of trading under ChAFTA. The CO will allow your goods to qualify for the preferential rates under ChAFTA and are also needed to clear Chinese customs. Your overseas buyer/receiver may also want a CO before paying you.

How do I organise an ACCI ChAFTA Certificate of Origin?

Step 1: Complete the Exporter Information C04 Form under the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement to become a registered exporter under ChAFTA.

Step 2: Email your completed C04 Form to CCIQ International Trade Services to trade@canberrabusiness.com 

Step 3: Once your form has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under ChAFTA and the ACCI ChAFTA Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

Step 4: Submit the completed ACCI ChAFTA Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or deliver to our office at Canberra Business Chamber,  216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the ACCI ChAFTA Certificate of Origin to your importer.

ChAFTA rules

PDF Austrade’s guide to using ChAFTA to import and export goods (PDF, 303KB)

Contact us

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com.

Members $35
Non-Members $55

Thailand-Australian Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) is a major market opening agreement that will result in Thai tariffs being eliminated on virtually all goods imported from Australia. As soon as TAFTA enters into force, Thailand will eliminate tariffs on more than 50% of products, accounting for nearly 80% of Australia’s current exports to Thailand.

The Canberra Business Chamber is authorised to register exporters’ goods and products and issue approved Thailand-specific Certificates of Origin. TAFTA provides that goods can only attract a tariff preference if accompanied by a Certificate of Origin, which confirms that they meet the rules of origin set out in the TAFTA.

A separate, valid Certificate of Origin is required for each shipment of goods attracting a preference. The Australian exporter must be registered in respect of their goods to be exported under TAFTA before it can obtain a Certificate of Origin for shipment of goods. Australian Exporters must then forward a copy of each Certificate to the Thai importer.

Obtaining Thailand-specific Certificates of Origin

Australian exporters need to take the following steps to obtain a Thailand-specific Certificate of Origin

1. Qualify for the preferential tariff rates by satisfying a Rule of Origin (ROO) test

Exporters are required to know and understand the definitions on Rules of Origin and whether a Thai tariff applies to their goods, as some will not require preferential tariff treatment.

2. Obtain and retain documentary proof of the goods’ originating status

If you wish to access preferential tariffs for your goods, the next step is to confirm whether they qualify as originating Australian Goods. This information can be found in the TAFTA Self-Assessment

3. Become a ‘Registered Exporter’

Once you have confirmed that your goods satisfy TAFTA rule(s) of origin, you need to become a “Registered Exporter”.

Exporters are required to know whether a Thai tariff applies to their goods, as some will not require preferential tariff treatment. This information can be found in Annex 4.

Why do I need an TAFTA Certificate of Origin?

TAFTA Certificates of Origin are required to demonstrate the originating status of your goods to the customs authorities in Thailand in order for your importer to qualify for the reduced tarrif rates under the Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Or simply put, TAFTA Certificates of Origin are required to access the reduced tariff/duty rates on goods under the Agreement.

How do I organise an TAFTA Certificate of Origin?

Step 1: Complete a TAFTA Deed of Declaration to register yourself as an exporter, and your goods, under TAFTA.

Step 2: Email your completed declaration  to trade@canberrabusiness.com  

Step 3: Once your registration has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under TAFTA and the TAFTA Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

Step 4: Submit the completed TAFTA Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the TAFTA Certificate of Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com

Members $35
Non-Members $55

The Agreement establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) was signed in Thailand in February 2009 by Australia, New Zealand and the following ten member countries of ASEAN:

  • Brunei
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Cambodia
  • Indonesia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The agreement allows for full implementation of the AANZFTA by all contracting parties, and enables Australian companies to boost trade with the AANZFTA region.

AANZFTA provides for extensive commitments on the reduction and elimination of tariffs.

AANZFTA information downloads and links

How do I organise an AANZFTA Certificate of Origin?

(Indonesia Only)

Step 1: Complete AANZFTA Registration Form to become a registered exporter under AANZFTA.

Step 2: Email your completed AANZFTA Registration Form to  trade@canberrabusiness.com

Step 3: Once your form has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under AANZFTA and the AANZFTA Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

Step 4: Submit the completed AANZFTA Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person at Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the AANZFTA  Certificate of Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com

Members $35
Non-Members $55

The First protocol to Amend the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) came into force for the following countries on 1 October 2015:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei
  • Burma (Myanmar)
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The First Protocol entered into force for Cambodia in January 2016. It will enter into force for Indonesia as soon as Indonesia notifies the other Parties that it has completed its domestic requirements.

The First Protocol builds on the existing Agreement and aims to enhance opportunities for business. The key changes affect the implementation of the rules of origin and the AANZFTA certificate of origin used to claim AANZFTA preferential tariff rates.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website gives up-to-date information on which countries have entered into force the First protocol. To become a registered exporter under AANZFTA1 First Protocol and to obtain the approved AANZFTA1 First Protocol certificate of origin template please complete the AANZFTA1 First protocol Exporter Information Form and return originals to the Canberra Business Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

AANZFTA1 First protocol Transitional Guidelines for Completing Origin Conferring Criterion (PDF, 183KB)
Guide for Business: Using the First Protocol (PDF, 855KB)
Application_Procedures.pdf
ANNEX 2.pdf
ANZFTA Agreement Background.pdf
Exporter Declaration Box 9.pdf
Origin Criterion Guidelines.pdf
The_Rules_of_Origin_Guide.pdf

 How do I organise an AANZFTA Certificate of Origin?

Step 1: Complete AANZFTA Registration Form to become a registered exporter under AANZFTA.

Step 2: Email your completed AANZFTA Registration Form to  trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon ACT

Step 3: Once your form has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under AANZFTA and the AANZFTA First Protocol Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

(For shipments to Indonesia, please use  the AANZFTA Certificate of Origin template.)

Step 4: Submit the completed AANZFTA First Protocol Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the AANZFTA First Protocol Certificate of Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com

Members $35
Non-Members $55

The Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA) makes it easier for Australian farmers, manufacturers, exporters and service providers to do business in and with Japan, our second largest trading partner.

To become a registered exporter under JAEPA and to obtain the approved JAEPA certificate of origin template please complete the JAEPA Exporter Information Form and return originals to the Canberra Business Chamber .

How do I organise an ACCI JAEPA Certificate of Origin?

Step 1: Complete the Exporter Information C04 Form under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement to become a registered exporter under JAEPA.

Step 2: Email your completed C04 Form  to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 3: Once your form has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under JAEPA and the ACCI JAEPA Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

Step 4: Submit the completed ACCI JAEPA Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the ACCI JAEPA Certificate of Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com

Members $35
Non-Members $55

The Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement (KAFTA) removes or reduces barriers to the trade in goods between Korea and Australia. It increases export opportunities across a number of industries, including agriculture, manufacturing, resources and energy, and services.

To become a registered exporter under KAFTA and to obtain the approved KAFTA certificate of origin template please complete the KAFTA Exporter Information Form and return originals to the Canberra Business Chamber.

How do I organise an KAFTA Certificate of Origin?

Step 1: Complete the Exporter Information C04 Form to register your business under KAFTA.

Step 2: Email your completed C04 form to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person to Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Northbourne Ave, Braddon  ACT

Step 3: Once your registration has been received and accepted, we will email you your company registration number under KAFTA and the ACCI KAFTA Certificate of Origin template with the corresponding instructions on how to complete it. We may also request supporting evidence.

Step 4: Submit the completed ACCI KAFTA Certificate of Origin to trade@canberrabusiness.com or in person at Canberra Business Chamber, 216 Norhtbourne Ave, Braddon  ACt

Step 5: Forward the original printed in colour hardcopy of the ACCI KAFTA Certificate of Origin to your importer.

Our team is here to help. Should you require any assistance, please give us a call on 02 6247 4199 or send us an email to trade@canberrabusiness.com.

Members $35
Non-Members $55