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Australia: Origin waivers for importers under trust trader program

Australia: Origin waivers for importers

The Australian trusted trader accreditation is administered by Australian Border Force to assist traders and “streamline legitimate trade”, by offering priority visa processing, and other trade facilitation benefits.


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Effective 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. While 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
  • 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 and statements relevant to manufacturing processes, materials, and cost compliance requirements.

Read a June 2019 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Australia


For more information on this topic or to learn more about KPMG’s Trade & Customs Services, contact:

Leonie Ferretter
T: +61 2 9455 9330
John L. McLoughlin
Principal and East Coast Leader
T: 267-256-2614
Doug Zuvich
Partner and Global Practice Leader
T: 312-665-1022
Luis (Lou) Abad
Principal, Washington National Tax
T: 212-954-3094
Andy Siciliano
Partner and National Practice Leader
T: 631-425-6057
Amie Ahanchian
Managing Director
T: 202-533-3247
Irina Vaysfeld
T: 212-872-2973
Gisele Belotto
Managing Director
T: 305-913-2779
Robert Waldrop
T: 212-954-8117
Andy Doornaert
Managing Director
T: 313-230-3080
Christopher Young
T: 312-665-3229
Jessica Libby
Managing Director
T: 612-305-5533
George Zaharatos
T: 404-222-3292

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