Trade Facilitation Project

Cross Border Trade Facilitation between Australia and China - Using United Nations Business Process Analysis Methodology 

Moving goods across borders requires meeting a vast number of commercial, transport and regulatory requirements, which typically involve complex procedures and a large number of documents. While most stakeholders and regulators along the international supply chains are aware of the need to streamline import and export procedures, few, if any, have a complete understanding of the entire trade transaction process, making it difficult to identify the bottlenecks and to prioritise reforms.

Therefore, this project aims to provide a clear understanding of the entire trade process between Australia and China, using case studies of particular products, and to identify the associated documents, costs, bottlenecks and challenges, in improving the trade processes. 

This project is funded by the Australia-China Council (ACC) of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). The Institute for Supply Chain and Logistics (ISCL) at Victoria University, Melbourne, led the project and worked in collaboration with the Research Centre of Logistics Management at the China Development Institute (CDI) in Shenzhen, China.

 You can access to the findings of one the case studies from the link below.

Goat Cheese (SITC Code: 2491) – Australian Export to China