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Ref: FRCP 1000/1/1

3 December 2013

Dear Sirs,

Certificate of Origin Circular No. 8/2013

Commercial Information Circular No. 961/2013

The Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Revised CEPA Rules of Origin for Certain Products in the Second Half of 2013

Introduction

This circular sets out the revised CEPA rules of origin (ROOs) for five products under Mainland tariff codes 2204 2100, 3902 3090, 4002 1914, 4002 9911 and 7116 2000.

CEPA Origin Criteria

2.On 29 November 2013, the Mainland General Administration of Customs (GAC) promulgated the Notice Issue 66, 2013 announcing the revised CEPA ROOs for products under the above-mentioned five Mainland tariff codes. Details are set out at the Annex (pdf format). The copy of the Notice (in Chinese) can be found in GAC's website at http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab49661/info677107.htm.

3.With regard to the revised CEPA ROO for "Wine of fresh grapes, in containers holding 2L or less" product (Mainland HS code 2204 2100), if dark-coloured grapes are used to produce white wine, it can be manufactured from grape juice, and the grape juice must originate from the Mainland, Hong Kong, or countries or territories which have signed and put into effect preferential trade agreements(Note) with the Mainland prior to 1 January 2013.

4.The above five revised CEPA ROOs would become effective on 1 January 2014. Relevant products which satisfy the above origin criteria are eligible to apply for Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - CEPA ("CO(CEPA)") and claim CEPA tariff preference with effect from 1 January 2014.

Enquiries

5.Should you require further information on the content of this circular, please contact us through any of the following channels -

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

Yours faithfully,

(Miss Janice LAU)

for Director-General of Trade and Industry

(Note): The preferential trade agreements signed and put into effect by the Mainland prior to 1 January 2013 include: Asia-Pacific Trade Agreement, Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, Mainland and Macao Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement, Framework Agreement on China-ASEAN Comprehensive Economic Cooperation, China-Chile Free Trade Agreement, China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement, China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement, China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, China-Peru Free Trade Agreement, China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement and Cross-Straits Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement. The above information is for reference only and information announced by the Mainland shall prevail. Traders may visit the following website for latest information: http://fta.mofcom.gov.cn/english/index.shtml.