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Frequently Asked Questions – Made in Greece

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The China–Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) paves the way for the next phase of Australia’s economic relationship with China. The agreement unlocks significant opportunities for Australia in China, which is Australia’s largest export market for goods and services, accounting for nearly a third of total exports, and a growing source of foreign investment. If you are an importer, exporter or producer, understanding more about ChAFTA will help you get the most out of our free trade agreement with China.

When did ChAFTA enter into force?

ChAFTA entered into force on 20 December 2015. On that date, 7,289 individual Chinese tariffs were cut: 1,710 tariffs were completely eliminated, and a further 5,579 had their first of several cuts.

A second round of tariff cuts took place on 1 January 2016 and the third round of tariff cuts took place on 1 January 2017. More tariffs will continue to be cut each year on 1 January.

When will the next tariff cut for ChAFTA take place?

1 January 2018.

I want to export to China. How can I find out the ChAFTA preferential tariff for my product?

The best place to look is the FTA Portal. This is an interactive and user-friendly tool to help you identify the tariff for your product, first by providing assistance on the harmonised system (HS) tariff code (you can search by HS code or keyword), and then showing you how it may meet the rules of origin to claim the preferential tariff.

You can also check China’s tariff schedule, available under ‘FTA text and tariff schedules’ in the ChAFTA section of our website.

If you do not know the HS code for your product, or if it’s not clear from the schedule or FTA Portal, see our response to Q6: ‘How can I find out the HS code for my product?’.

The ChAFTA section on our website also has a wide range of fact sheetsabout agricultural, food, resources and manufactured products, as well as on services sectors and investment.

Our Guide to using ChAFTA to export and import goods provides more information to step you through the exporting process.

For the export of agricultural goods, it’s also worth checking the quarantine and other technical market access requirements for China. The Department of Agriculture and Water Resources is responsible for export quarantine arrangements, and can be contacted via its website.

If you have any further enquiries, you can email us at ChinaFTA@dfat.gov.au.

I import from China. How do I find out the preferential tariff for my product?

The best place to look is the FTA Portal. If you know the HS (harmonised system) code for your product, you can also look at Australia’s tariff schedule, available under ‘FTA text and tariff schedules’ on this website. If it’s not clear from the schedule or FTA Portal, see Question 6.

Our Guide to using ChAFTA to export/import can step you through the importing process.

For agricultural goods, you can also check the quarantine requirements for China by speaking with the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, which is responsible for export quarantine arrangements. Contact details are available through the department’s website.

If you have any further enquiries, you can email us at ChinaFTA@dfat.gov.au.

Do I need any documentation to ensure my product receives the preferential tariff under ChAFTA?

Yes. The Guide to using ChAFTA to export/import can step you through the documents required and the certification process.

The FTA Portal can also help you with this. The portal can help you identify the tariff for your product, first by providing guidance on the HS tariff code and then showing you how it may meet the rules of origin to claim the preferential tariff.

How can I find out the HS code for my product?

The harmonised system (or HS) code is an internationally-recognised system for categorising traded goods, and is used by all countries as the basis for classifying trade. It allows the customs administration of the importing country to classify your good and determine what tariff will apply to that good. The customs administration in the importing country will determine the HS code of your good. If you already export to China, you (or your customs broker) should already have the HS code.

Under ChAFTA, you can also ask for an advance ruling from the importing customs authority. Advance rulings are binding and will provide you with certainty when you export or import. Please read the Guide to using ChAFTA to export and import goods for further information. Your customs broker or importer may be able to help you with getting an advance ruling.

For goods being imported into Australia, you can contact the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

Telephone hotline: 1300 805 876
Email: chafta@border.gov.au
Web: www.border.gov.au/Busi/Free/China
Exporters to China should contact China Customs: http://english.customs.gov.cn

How can I check the tariffs for China?

The best place to look is the FTA Portal. The portal can help you identify the tariff for your product, first by providing guidance on the HS tariff code and then by showing you how it may meet the rules of origin to claim the preferential tariff.

Our Guide to using ChAFTA to export and import goods can also step you through this process.

How can I check the tariffs for Australia?

The best place to look is the FTA Portal. The portal can help you identify the tariff for your product, first by providing guidance on the HS tariff code and then showing you how it may meet the rules of origin to claim the preferential tariff.

Our Guide to using ChAFTA to export and import goods can also step you through this process.

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