Potential pitfalls of the impending TPP-11

Andrew HudsonI have been working with the Customs Brokers and Forwarders Council of Australia (CBFCA) to develop guidance material and host legal forums on the introduction of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11), a free trade agreement that comes into play from 30 December 2018. Similarly to China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), the TPP-11 will come with many issues that are unlikely to be addressed before implementation. This means that members of the supply chain will need to manage these issues, hopefully with support from officers from the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA) and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT). Both the CBFCA and I – as a representative of Rigby Cooke Lawyers – have been vocal participants in the preliminary discussions and even at this late stage, still have a range of concerns. One of their concerns is how goods can be transported through the USA under customs control to maintain their preferential status and…

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