ChAFTA & certificates of origin (COO)

Goods seeking preferential treatment under ChAFTA must be accompanied by appropriate documentation. This can be done by using a ChAFTA Certificate of Origin (COO), or Declaration of Origin (DOO).

Certificate of Origin

A COO must be issued by an authorised body in the country of origin and may need to be provided, on request, to customs officials in the importing country.

A COO applies to a single shipment. It may cover one or more goods, but must not exceed 20 items (that is, 20 unique goods) and may be valid for up to one year.

For exporters to China, Australia’s authorised bodies are:

For importers to Australia, China’s authorised bodies are:

Please note the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) ceased to provide Certificates of Origin on 21 August 2018, although COOs issued prior to this date are still valid until expiry.

Declarations of Origin

Alternatively, an exporter or producer may choose to complete a Declaration of Origin (DOO). A DOO may be accepted in place of a COO, for goods covered by an advance ruling on ChAFTA origin (see section on advance rulings on page 3 above and ChAFTA Article 4.9).

A DOO is completed by the exporter of a good and must comply with the template set out in Annex 3-B of ChAFTA [DOCX] (also available on page 21 of this guide). There is no need for a DOO to be approved by an authorised body. DOOs apply to a single shipment, may cover up to 20 items, and remain valid for one year.

The Guide to using ChAFTA to export or import goods page has more-detailed information about how you can make the most of ChAFTA.

Last Updated: 28 August 2018

Related links


Ai Group

Phone: 1300 776 063 (within Australia)
Phone: +61 3 9867 0261 (Overseas)

To find your local state office, visit the AI Group website.

Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Phone: +61 2 6270 8000

To find your local state office, visit the ACCI website.