The Singapore‑Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) was signed on 17 February 2003 and provides for eligible Singaporean goods duty‑free entry into Australia.
The Agreement to Amend the Singapore—Australia Free Trade Agreement (Amending Agreement) entered into force (EIF) on 1 December 2017 for Australia and Singapore. The Amending Agreement introduces new Rules of Origin for goods that are determined to be Singaporean Originating as provided for in the Division 1BA of Part VIII of the Customs Act 1901.
Key legislative changes were required to give effect to the Amending Agreement’s obligations. These were to:
- introduce new rules of origin for goods that are traded between Australia and Singapore;
- introduce a product-specific rules schedule for goods;
- introduce easier procedures to claim preferential tariff treatment for Singapore-originating goods; and
- provide for duty-free access for Singapore-originating goods (except for excise equivalent goods).
A transition period of three years applies in moving to the new arrangements to provide importers time to adjust their supply chains and to ensure that no one is disadvantaged. Thus the previous Rules of Origin provided for under Division 1B of Part VIII of the Customs Act 1901 will be retained until 1 December 2020.
SAFTA is a reciprocal agreement and Australian produce or manufacture are afforded the same duty‑free entry into Singapore.
The full text of the SAFTA and the Amending Agreement is available on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.
Agreement to Amend the Singapore‑Australia Free Trade Agreement (from 1 December 2017)
Entry into Force
The Amended Singapore—Australia Free Trade Agreement (Amending Agreement) Entered into Force on 1 December 2017.
Practice Statement, Instructions and Guidelines and Department of Immigration and Border Protection Notice (DIBPN)
The Integrated Cargo System - Claiming Preference
To claim preferential tariff rates under the Amending Agreement, the following codes should be used in the ICS:
Preference Scheme Type
|Type||Description of Preference Scheme|
|SFTA||Amended Singapore—Australia Free Trade Agreement|
Preference Rule Types (Select the appropriate Rule Type)
|Rule Type||Description of Origin Criteria|
|WO||Wholly obtained goods|
|WP||Goods wholly produced in Singapore or in Singapore and Australia, from originating materials|
|PSR||Goods produced in Singapore or in Singapore and Australia from non-originating materials.|
For more information see Integrated Cargo System – Claiming Preferential Tariff Rates.
What you will need to support a claim for preference under the Amending Agreement
A certification of origin is the basis for a claim for preferential treatment under the Amending Agreement. This document is completed by the exporter, producer or importer or an authorised representative of the exporter, producer or importer
The Certification of Origin must contain the following Data Elements (as listed in Annex 3-A to the Amending Agreement):
- Indicate whether the certifier is the Importer, Exporter or Producer Certification of Origin
- Name, address (including country), telephone number and e-mail address of the certifier;
- Name, address (including country), telephone number and e-mail address of the exporter;
- Name, address (including country), telephone number and e-mail address of the producer;
- Name, Address (inluding country), telephone number and e-mail address of the importer (if known):
- Description and HS Tariff Classification of the Good;
- Specify the rule of origin under which the good qualifies;
- Blanket Period, including the period (if the certification covers multiple shipments of identical goods for a specified period of up to 12 months);
- The certification must be signed and dated by the certifier and accompanied by the following statement:
- I certify that the goods described in this document qualify as originating 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 certification.
Applying for an origin advice ruling
The Department will provide written advice, upon request, for determining whether the good originate from Singapore for the purposes of claiming SFTA preference.
Form B659 — Application for Origin Advice Ruling