Scheme for the Recognition of Bodies to Issue Certificates of Origin for Free Trade Agreements

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has developed a scheme to accredit bodies to issue Certificates of Origin (CoO) to Australian exporters under only those Australian Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) which require the use of CoO issued by an ‘Authorized Body’ or equivalent. In some cases, in order to access negotiated tariff commitments, the FTA requires exporters to obtain a CoO from an Authorized Body to confirm that the goods being exported comply with the relevant Rules of Origin (ROO) requirements. The ROO requirements differ between FTAs, but share the common purpose of providing the basis for determining which goods will qualify for the tariff commitments contained in the relevant FTA.

The scheme does not apply to FTAs that do not require the use of CoO (e.g. the Australia-New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement or the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement), or which provide for declarations by exporters or their agents rather than for CoO issued by Authorized Bodies (e.g. the Australia-Chile FTA). It also does not apply to the issuing of non-preferential certificates of origin, which are widely used in trade to facilitate customs clearance or to meet commercial requirements.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Free Trade Agreement Certificates of Origin (CoO) Scheme for the Recognition of Bodies to issue Certificates of Origin (FTA CoO Recognition Scheme) Scheme Rules.

As an inspection scheme, applicant CABs need to comply with ISO/IEC 17020:2012 – Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection.


  • Provides a flexible and cost-effective path for exporters to obtain Certificates of Origin for their products to be exported under FTAs that require such Certificates to be issued by an Authorized Body.

Scheme owner

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.