Authorised by the Australian Government, the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) issues Preferential Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and Non-Preferential Certificates of Origin for goods exported overseas.

As a designated Certificate of Origin issuing body, Ai Group is accredited by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under their regulatory framework, the Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin Recognition Scheme which is formally administered by the Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ). The Scheme has recently been updated and Ai Group is committed to transitioning to the new accreditation standard, Free Trade Agreement Certificate of Origin Recognition Scheme Issue 2 (2020) from October 2023.

Ai Group also issues and certifies other export documents including Letters of Free Sale (otherwise known as Certificate of Free Sale) and shipping documents produced by exporters such as commercial invoices, packing lists, bills of lading and more.

What is a Certificate of Origin and why do I need one?

A Certificate of Origin is an international trade export document used to verify the country of origin (place of growth, production or manufacture) of goods. If requested by the importer and/or importing customs authority, the Australian exporter will need to obtain and provide one for customs clearance and/or for trade requirements.

Certificates of Origin can be categorised as Preferential Certificates of Origin or Non-Preferential Certificates of Origin.

  • Preferential Certificates of Origin – also known as FTA Certificates of Origin, they certify that the goods listed are eligible for reduced or eliminated tariffs under the terms of the relevant FTA
  • Non-Preferential Certificates of Origin – also known as Normal Certificates of Origin, they certify that Australia either does not have a trade agreement in place with the importing country or that the exported goods are not eligible for preferential tariff treatment

What is a Free Trade Agreement?

Free Trade Agreements are treaties between two (bilateral) or more countries (multilateral) to facilitate trade between participating countries including allowing exporters to export eligible goods under reduced or eliminated tariffs. For Australia, this means strengthening Australia’s global competitive edge and opening and amplifying export potential in new and existing markets.

Free Trade Agreements in force

Free Trade Agreements not yet in force

Free Trade Agreements under negotiations

Australia is a party to numerous bilateral and multilateral FTAs where tariff benefits are granted on the provision of FTA Proof of Origin. Depending on the agreement, FTA Proof of Origin is accepted in the form of either a Preferential FTA Certificate of Origin issued by the Australian Industry Group or an independent Declaration of Origin completed by the exporter.

Our experienced International Trade and Export Documentation Team can help you understand which FTAs may apply and are best suited to your export shipment.


Free Trade Agreement

Certificate of Origin issued by an Authorised Body (Ai Group) Declaration of Origin (issued by Exporter)
Australia-New Zealand (ANZCERTA or CER)  
Singapore-Australia (SAFTA)
Australia-United States (AUSFTA)
Thailand-Australia (TAFTA)
Australia-Chile (ACl-FTA)
ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand (AANZFTA)  
Malaysia-Australia (MAFTA)
Korea-Australia (KAFTA)
Japan-Australia (JAEPA)
China-Australia (ChAFTA)
Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)  
Australia-Hong Kong (A-HKFTA) and associated Investment Agreement (IA)  
Peru-Australia (PAFTA)  
Indonesia- Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA)  
Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER)  
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)
*only for Australia, New Zealand, Japan
India-Australia Economic Cooperation and Trade Agreement (IA-ECTA)  
Australia - United Kindgom Free Trade Agreement (A-UKFTA)

How to obtain a Certificate of Origin

Exporters must be registered for export documentation services before they can apply for Certificates of Origin issued by Ai Group. This can be done by completing the Registration Form and returning it by email to for processing.

Download Ai Group Registration Form for Certificates of Origin

For best form functionality results, please use Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete the form.

If you are unsure of which registration type applies to your export shipment or would like more details on the exporter registration and certificate application process, please contact the International Trade and Export Documentation Team for advice. 

Export Documentation Fees

  Ai Group Member Non-Member
Non-Preferential Exporter Registration Complimentary Complimentary
Preferential FTA Exporter Registration Complimentary $60.00
Electronically issued Certificates of Origin
Non-Preferential $18.00 $40.00
Preferential FTA $28.00 $45.00
Manually issued Certificates of Origin
Non-Preferential $24.00 $42.00
Preferential FTA $32.00 $47.00
Other Documents
General Export Documents $26.00  $44.00
Letter of Free Sale $35.00  $88.00
General Post (no tracking provided) Complimentary  
A4 Express Post (tracking provided) $9.00 (incl GST)  

* Payments can be made via EFT, by credit card or cheque made payable to Ai Group.

Contact Us

For further Certificate of Origin and export advice, please contact our International Trade and Export Documentation Team by email: or phone 1300 776 063.

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