April (No. 495)
The Free Trade Agreement between Australia and Thailand came into effect from the beginning of this year. The good news for Australian wine producers exporting Australian wine to Thailand is that there has been an immediate reduction in tariffs from 54% to 40% and this will be phased down to zero by 2015.
However, it doesn’t just happen and there are some hoops to jump through if you want to share in the benefits of the deal. First you have to establish that you’re a fair dinkum Aussie exporter and then you have to satisfy the good folk in Thailand that the product you’re shipping over is actually Aussie wine.
After all this is a deal between Thailand and Oz and we couldn’t have a Guatemalan company buying Argentinean wine and shipping it to Thailand via Australia just to pick up the lower tariff. Could we?
Responsibility for registering exporters and issuing Certificates of Origin [Cos] has been given to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry [ACCI]. ACCI has in turn been able to delegate authority to issue Cos to a body in each State, including Victorian Employers’ Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Business SA, State Chamber of Commerce NSW, Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Western Australia, Commerce Queensland and Chamber of Commerce Northern Territory.
So, if you want to play in this game the first thing is to get yourself registered. You don’t register as an exporter in a general sense, but as an exporter of a particular product classified according to the harmonised customs’ system numbers.
NOTE: The complete article can be found in the April issue of The Australian & New Zealand Grapegrower & Winemaker.