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Origin waiver for importers: New reason to become Trusted Trader

Origin waiver for importers: Border Force

Australian Border Force has now implemented one of its long-awaited benefits for Trusted Traders.

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Leonie Ferretter

Partner, Trade & Customs

KPMG Australia

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The Australian Trusted Trader accreditation is administered by Australian Border Force (ABF) to assist traders and “streamline legitimate trade”, by offering priority visa processing, and other trade facilitation benefits.

From 28 June 2019, Australian Trusted Traders using six specific trade agreements for duty minimisation will not be required to present the usual certificate or declaration of origin at the Australian border in order to claim preferential duty rates.

Whilst the Origin Waiver Benefit removes this administrative burden, it does not remove the requirement for the Trusted Trader to hold evidence at the time of importation that the goods meet the relevant rules of origin, which will be required to be presented upon request by Australian Border Force.

The Origin Waiver Benefit also does not apply to goods imported prior to 28 June 2019, refund applications, or Australian exports to parties to the relevant trade agreements.

Department of Home Affairs Notice 2019/23 identifies the agreements that will benefit from the Origin Waiver as:

  • Australia-Chile Free Trade Agreement;
  • Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement;
  • Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement;
  • Malaysia-Australia Free Trade Agreement;
  • Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement; and
  • Thailand-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Australian Border Force has advised that evidence that goods that meet the rules of origin under these agreements can now take many forms including contracts, statements relevant to manufacturing processes, materials and cost compliance requirements.

The Origin Waiver Benefit joins a long list of accreditation benefits for Trusted Traders importers including priority processing, consolidated cargo clearance and duty deferral. If you would like to discuss how becoming a Trusted Trader can benefit your business, please contact a member of our Trade & Customs team.

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