What is an approved body?

Before 1 June 2014, for the purposes of the APEC Business Travel Card scheme, most APEC Business Travel Card applicants demonstrated that their business was engaged in trade or investment between APEC economies through certification by an approved body.

The Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) and the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) were the Australian business bodies who were approved to certify that a business is genuinely engaged in trade and investment within the APEC region.

If your business was certified by an approved body under the previous arrangements and it is still valid, you may still cite this certification as evidence that your business is engaged in trade or investment activities between APEC economies