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The First Protocol entered into force on 1 October 2015

The First Protocol to Amend the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) [the First Protocol] entered into force for the following 10 Parties on 1 October 2015:

  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The First Protocol entered into force for Cambodia in January 2016.

The First Protocol will enter into force for Indonesia as soon as Indonesia notifies the other Parties that it has completed its domestic requirements.

Since 1 April 2016, the following 10 Parties – Australia, New Zealand, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Laos, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam – only accept the new Certificate of Origin and new Operational Certification Procedures from Parties that have implemented the First Protocol. Since 1 July 2016, Cambodia also only accepts the new Certificate of Origin and new Operational Certification Procedures from Parties that have implemented the First Protocol. As Indonesia has not yet ratified the First Protocol, it will only issue and accept old Certificates of Origin and old Operational Certification Procedures.

Changes to AANZFTA Rules of Origin Following Entry Into Force of the First Protocol

Making use of AANZFTA to export or import goods

The following documents have been prepared to help exporters and importers to make full use of AANZFTA. They contain practical advice on how to find tariff commitments and Rules of Origin (ROO) requirements for individual products.

Making use of AANZFTA to export or import goods - First Protocol (1 April 2016)  [PDF 222 KB] | [DOCX 343 KB]

The document also explains the requirement to obtain Certificates of Origin (CoO) from authorised bodies to claim preferential tariff treatment, the information required for CoO, as well as arrangements for authorising bodies to issue CoO under AANZFTA.

Important Notice to Exporters using AANZFTA to Export to Indonesia (4 October 2013) [PDF 103 KB]

For more background on the First Protocol, see the Background to the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement.

Review of non-tariff measures

The Trade in Goods Chapter of the Agreement Establishing the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area (AANZFTA) provides for the Committee on Trade in Goods to undertake a review of non-tariff measures (NTMs) affecting trade in goods among the Parties, with a view to considering the scope for additional means to enhance the facilitation of trade in goods between the Parties. DFAT continues to invite submissions from interested persons or groups on issues to be addressed.

Invitation for submissions on non-tariff measures

Doing business in ASEAN

The Australian Trade Commission’s (Austrade) AANZFTA website has further information about the agreement.

For more information on doing business with ASEAN Member States, or about specific export opportunities, go to the Austrade website. As well as country-specific information, the Austrade website also provides information on export markets by industry.



Last Updated: 19 October 2016