Australia Free Trade Agreement (AUFTA)
Information for U.S. Exporters is available through the Department of Commerce at: http://www.export.gov/FTA/index.asp
Most goods imported into the U.S. under the Australia Free Trade Agreement (AUFTA) are free of duty and merchandise processing fee (MPF). All AUFTA goods will be duty free on January 1, 2022.
To learn more about how to claim preference on these goods, select the following:
This document provides basic AUFTA information in an easy to read style.
Any claim for preferences under the Australia FTA must be supported by a Certificate of Origin attesting to the imported product’s originating status. This link provides a PDF template demonstrating how such a Certificate of Origin can be structured. The template is fillable, and users may elect to use it. Its use, or adherence to its structure, is in no way compulsory. Nevertheless, pursuant to the relevant regulations, all of the data elements specified therein must still be provided upon request to CBP in connection with a claim for preferential tariff treatment.
Data Elements for the Australia FTA Certificate of Origin - Attachment A
As an alternate to the Certificate of Origin template, a free-form certification can be used by Australian producers and exporters, and US importers, when attesting that their goods meet the requirements of the Australia FTA.
Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States (HTSUS) - Australia FTA General Note 28
A current link to the general note, including the General Rules of Origin, Definitions, Value (including Regional Value Content and De Minimis), Sets, Packing and Packaging Materials, Indirect Materials, Recordkeeping and the all-important Product Specific Rules of Origin.
NOTE: On the USITC link, select the “General Notes; General rules of Interpretation; General Statistical Notes,” link, followed by “General Note 28”.
The following Australian goods may be subject to a reduced tariff rate quota (TRQ): beef, dairy, avocados, peanuts, tobacco, cotton, sugar, chocolate and animal feed. Click here for an overview of quota. Go to the Commodity Graph Report for current fill levels. Go to the TPL Threshold to Fill List to see almost closed and closed quotas.
Use this tool to learn the duty that your Australian goods will pay upon importation into the United States both today and in future years.
The Reconciliation Prototype is unavailable for post-importation Australia FTA claims.
Additional Resources and Regulations:
The complete text of the agreement.
This publication includes the HTSUS General Note 28 and a list of the goods that became duty free upon entry into force and the phase-out schedule for those goods that will become duty free over time.
A current link to the e-CFR website including: Import Requirements, Filing a Claim, Regional Value Content (RVC) Certification, Post-Importation Refunds, Rules of Origin, Origin Verifications, Transshipment, and Penalties.
Public Law No. 108-286, 118 Stat. 919 and codified at 19 USC 3805 Note
This document enacting the Australia FTA was published in the Federal Register on December 23, 2004.