Why are some general rates of duty lower than the ChAFTA rates of duty?

Australia decided to ‘unilaterally’ reduce the customs duty rate on certain goods on 1 January 2015. In effect, this decision has overtaken the customs duty reductions agreed to in ChAFTA which was negotiated some time ago.

If the goods have the general duty rate lower than the ChAFTA rate of duty, then the general rate of duty applies.

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