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Free trade agreements

Hong Kong

On 26 March 2019, in Sydney, the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham and his Hong Kong counterpart Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau, signed the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China (A‑HKFTA) and the associated Investment Agreement.

The implementing legislation received the Royal Assent on 3 December 2019.

More information, including the text of A‑HKFTA is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Entry into force

A-HKFTA entered into force on 17 January 2020.

Legislation

Product specific rules

Guide

Australian Customs Notice

Integrated Cargo System – claiming preference

To claim preferential customs duty rates under A‑HKFTA, the following codes should be used in the Integrated Cargo System:

Preference scheme type

TypeDescription of preference scheme
HFTAFree Trade Agreement between Australia and Hong Kong, China

Preference rule types

Select the appropriate rule type

Rule TypeDescription of Origin Criteria
WOWholly obtained goods
PEGoods produced entirely in a Party or Parties, from originating materials
PSRGoods produced in a Party or Parties from non‑originating materials

What you will need to support a claim for preference under A-HKFTA

A Declaration of Origin is the basis for a claim for preferential treatment under A‑HKFTA. This document is completed by the exporter, producer or importer or an authorised representatives of the exporter, producer or importer.

The Declaration of Origin must comply with the requirements of Article 3.16 and contain the minimum data set out in Annex 3A:

  • Indicate whether the certifier is the Importer, Exporter, Producer or the Authorised Representative of the Importer, Exporter or Producer.
    • Authorised Representative - If an authorised representative of the importer, exporter or producer is making the declaration, provide the authorised representative’s name, address (including country or place), email address and telephone number.
    • Exporter - Provide the exporter’s name, address (including country or place), email address and telephone number if different from the declarer. This information is not required if the producer is completing the declaration of origin and does not know the identity of the exporter.
    • Producer - Provide the producer’s name, address (including country or place), email address and telephone number, if different from the declarer or exporter or, if there are multiple producers, state “Various” or provide a list of producers. A person that wishes for this information to remain confidential may state “Available upon request by the importing authorities”.
    • Importer - Provide, if known, the importer’s name, address, email address and telephone number.
  • Description and HS Tariff Classification of the Good.
    • Provide a description of the good and the HS tariff classification of the good to the 6-digit level. The description should be sufficient to relate it to the good covered by the declaration of origin; and 
    • If the declaration of origin covers a single shipment of a good, indicate, if known, the invoice number related to the exportation.
  • Origin Criterion - Specify the rule of origin under which the good qualifies.
  • Blanket Period - Include the period if the declaration covers multiple shipments of an identical good for a specified period of up to 12 months as set out in Article 3.16.4.
  • Authorised Signature and Date - The declaration of origin must be signed and dated by the declarer and accompanied by the following statement:

    I declare that the good described in this document qualifies as originating in [insert country or place] and the information contained in this document is true and accurate. I assume responsibility for proving such representations and agree to maintain and present upon request or to make available during a verification visit, documentation necessary to support this declaration of origin.

Applying for an origin advice ruling

The Australian Border Force will provide written advice, upon request, for determining whether a good is a Hong Kong originating good for the purposes of claiming A‑HKFTA preference. For further information, see: