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Basics by Free Trade Agreement: Australia

I have heard that packaging materials and containers are not taken into consideration when qualifying a good under the U.S. - Australia FTA. Is this true?

When the packing materials and containers are being used for shipping purposes, the materials and containers are disregarded in determining whether the good being shipped qualifies for FTA treatment.

In cases where the packaging material or container is for retail sale, it will be disregarded in determining whether the good qualifies under the FTA only if it is classified with the good and qualification is determined using the tariff shift method. If the container is not classified with the good, or the regional value content method is used, the material or container will need to be considered in determining whether the good qualifies as originating.

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