ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Area Agreement (AANZFTA)
The ASEAN Australia–New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) is a regional trade agreement including the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), Australia and New Zealand.
AANZFTA came into force in 2010 for Australia, New Zealand, Brunei, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, and subsequently, entered into force for Laos and Cambodia in 2011, and Indonesia in 2012.
Claiming Preference in New Zealand
An NZ importer may make a claim for preferential tariff treatment on the basis of a certificate of origin, a declaration of origin, or other evidence sufficient to prove that the goods satisfy the relevant rules of origin provisions. If requested by Customs, an importer claiming preference must be able to provide sufficient evidence to substantiate the claim.
Claiming Preference in an AANZFTA Country – Certificates of Origin
The AANZFTA Agreement requires third party issued certificates of origin when exporting to an ASEAN member. Exporters (who want their goods to receive preferential tariff treatment upon importation) must obtain a certificate of origin from one of NZ’s certifying bodies before exporting their goods under this Agreement. A list of certifying bodies is set out in Fact Sheet 43.
- Useful information on the AANZFTA agreement, including text, a tariff finder tool and guides to doing business in Asia, can be found at ASEAN website
- Information is also available on the MFAT website.
NZ also has bilateral trade Agreements with Malaysia, Australia and Thailand. Traders should consider which agreement provides the most benefit for their imported/exported products.
New Zealand Customs Notices
The First Protocol will enter into force for NZ and nine of the 12 AANZFTA Parties on 1 October 2015; and the remaining two Parties (Cambodia and Indonesia) are targeting implementation on 1 January 2016. Further information on the Protocol changes is in the Guide for Business: Using the First Protocol (PDF 527 KB) which includes the ‘Transitional guidelines for completing the information on the origin conferring criterion on the certificate of origin (CoO) form of the AANZFTA’.
Rules of Origin Provisions
- Customs and Excise Regulations 1996 (NZ Legislation).