Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement IA-CEPA

The trade agreement between Indonesia and Australia, called the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) came into force this week, starting 5 July 2020. There is considerable opportunity for Western Australian businesses to expand their trade relationship with Indonesia, which is the largest economy in South-East Asia and is among the 20 largest economies in the world.

There are now two FREE TRADE AGREEMENTS currently in force in Indonesia – ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA) and now the IA-CEPA. There is more information on these Trade Agreements at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)’s Free Trade Agreement Portal.

AANZFTA remains operation, however the IA-CEPA builds on the benefits of the broader agreement, and in particular eliminates tariffs on certain products relevant to Western Australian producers, including frozen meat products, honey, citrus, some grains and cereals and other agribusiness products. We recommend exporters and their agents review both the AANZFTA and IA-CEPA to evaluate which agreement is more beneficial for their product and market research.

Fremantle Chamber’s Export Desk is set to assist you with the IA-CEPA Certificate of Origin, as required by your importer to benefit from the reduced tariffs under the IA-CEPA. We can certify the IA-CEPA Certificate of Origin either manually or electronically via essCert.

You will be required to be a registered exporter with the Chamber, and to complete the following

Please note that The Bill of Lading or the AirWay bill are also required.

Please see the below links provided by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for further information, or contact our export desk.

International Flight Assistance Extension for Exporters

The federal government also announced this week a further $240 million funding injection to extend the International Freight Assistance Mechanism (IFAM) until the end of the year. This is great news for our local exporters of seafood, agriculture and other products needing to get to market. With so few international passenger flights at present, restoring supply chains is vital to maintaining relationships between exporters and customers around the world. Together, with our strong allies, at the Seafood Trade Advisory Group, we hope some of the initial logistical challenges will be ironed out with this extension and work continue to reduce barriers to our exporters.

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