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e-mail address : enquiry@tid.gov.hk

Ref: FRCP 1000/2/6

8 January 2021

Dear Sirs,

Certificate of Origin Circular No. 1/2021

Commercial Information Circular No. 32/2021

Certificate of Preference Circular No. 1/2021

Notice to Exporters :

Series 1 (USA) No. 1/2021

Series 2 (EU) No. 1/2021

Series 3 (Countries other than USA & EU) No. 1/2021

Textiles Trader Registration Circular No. 1/2021

ASEAN - Hong Kong, China Free Trade Agreement (AHKFTA)
Exporting Goods Originating in Hong Kong to ASEAN -
AHKFTA enters into force in full

I. Introduction

This Circular informs traders of the entry into force of the part relating to Cambodia under the Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) (Note 1). With the entry into force of the part for Cambodia, the AHKFTA will enter into force in full. The Certificate of Origin Circulars No. 7/2019, 11/2019, 1/2020, 2/2020 and 5/2020 are hereby superseded.

II. Details

2.As stipulated in the previous Circulars, since June 2019, the AHKFTA have entered into force gradually for Hong Kong and the following nine ASEAN Member States (AMS), namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam (Note 2).

3.Subsequently, with the completion of its necessary procedures, the part relating to Cambodia under the AHKFTA will enter into force on 12 February 2021. Goods of Hong Kong origin for exportation to all AMS can benefit from the preferential tariff treatment under the AHKFTA.

4.To enjoy the preferential tariff treatment for exporting Hong Kong goods to the AMS, Hong Kong traders need to comply with the relevant preferential rules of origin and fulfil the related requirements. Applications for certificates of origin should be made to the Trade and Industry Department or Government Approved Certification Organizations of Hong Kong (Note 3). For details, please refer to the rules of origin, documentary requirements, record keeping requirements, relevant issues for exporting Hong Kong-origin goods to the AMS under the AHKFTA, and details on the application procedures and conditions for Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - Form AHK and Movement Confirmation as set out in the following Certificate of Origin Circulars:

Circular No. Date of Issue Subject
4/2019 9 May 2019 Exporting Goods Originating in Hong Kong to ASEAN
5/2019 9 May 2019 Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - Form AHK (CO(Form AHK))
6/2019 9 May 2019 Movement Confirmation

A quick reference guide <https://www.tid.gov.hk/english/ita/fta/hkasean/quick_reference_guide.html> has also been prepared to highlight the key points to note about exporting goods to the AMS under the AHKFTA.

III. Enquiry

5.For enquiries, please contact us through the following channels:

Trade and Industry Department
(Factory Registration and Origin Certification Branch)
Address: 14/F, Trade and Industry Tower
3 Concorde Road, Kowloon City
Kowloon
Tel: 2398 5545
Fax: 2787 6048
E-mail: co_enquiry@tid.gov.hk

Yours faithfully,




(Nicholas FUNG)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note 1 : ASEAN comprises Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.
Note 2 : The dates of entry into force of the AHKFTA for respective AMS are summarized below:

Date of Entry into Force AMS
11 June 2019 Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam
13 October 2019 Malaysia
12 May 2020 the Philippines
4 July 2020 Indonesia
20 October 2020 Brunei Darussalam
12 February 2021 Cambodia
Note 3 : The Government Approved Certification Organizations include the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce; the Federation of Hong Kong Industries; the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong; the Indian Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce.