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Ref. : FRCP 1000/2/1

31 May 2017

Dear Sirs,

Certificate of Origin Circular No. 2/2017

Commercial Information Circular No. 427/2017

Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)
CEPA Rules of Origin for Goods Applying for Zero Tariff in the First Half of 2017

Introduction

This circular sets out the CEPA rules of origin (ROOs) newly developed for six products applying for zero tariff under CEPA in the first half of 2017 (detailed in paragraph 2 below); and the revised CEPA ROOs for two products (detailed in paragraph 3 below).

CEPA ROOs for Goods Applying for Zero Tariff

2.Since the implementation of CEPA, the Mainland and Hong Kong have so far reached agreement on the ROOs for 1,885 Mainland tariff codes. Products are eligible for zero tariff under CEPA if they meet respective ROOs and other relevant conditions. With effect from 1 July 2017, six Mainland tariff codes will be added to the list of goods eligible for zero tariff under CEPA. Please refer to the Annex I (pdf format) for the corresponding ROOs under CEPA. A full list of the 1,891 Mainland tariff codes under CEPA and their respective ROOs is available here.

Amendment of CEPA ROOs

3.In addition, with effective from 1 July 2017, the Mainland General Administration of Customs will revise the CEPA origin criteria for products of two Mainland tariff codes. Please refer to Annex II (pdf format) for the revised CEPA ROOs of the products.

Application and Issue of Certificate of Origin – CEPA ["CO(CEPA)"]

4.Traders can lodge CO(CEPA) applications to the Trade and Industry Department and the five Government Approved Certification Organizations (GACOs)1. CO(CEPA) applications, if approved, will be valid for claiming zero tariff preference. As regards the products mentioned in paragraph 2 above, traders can lodge CO(CEPA) applications by around end June 2017 to enjoy zero tariff preference on or after 1 July 2017.

5.CO(CEPA)s will only be issued to those who have properly submitted their applications and fulfilled all the relevant requirements. The relevant requirements include, among others, the CEPA ROOs, Factory Registration, manufacturer's authorized signatory, labelling requirements, inclusion of product development cost in the applicable CO(CEPA) applications, etc. For more information on the conditions and application procedures for CO(CEPA), please refer to Certificate of Origin Circular No. 1/2017 dated 3 January 2017.

Enquiries

6.For enquires on the content of this circular, please contact us through the following channels -

Address : Factory Registration and Origin Certification Branch
14/F, Trade and Industry Tower
3 Concorde Road, Kowloon City
Hong Kong
Telephone No. : 3403 6432
Fax No. : 2787 6048
E-mail Address : cepaco@tid.gov.hk

Yours faithfully,



(Calvin Choy)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

1. The five GACOs are the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; the Federation of Hong Kong Industries; the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong; the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce and the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong.