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Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA)

Translation and Interpretation Services

Liberalisation Measures under CEPA

The Agreement on Trade in Services covers and consolidates commitments relating to liberalisation of trade in services provided in CEPA and its Supplements and also the Agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on Achieving Basic Liberalisation of Trade in Services in Guangdong.  
Agreement on Trade in Services
Liberalisation Measures under Cross-border Services (Positive List)
Sectors or Sub-sectors
1. Business services
  • F. Other Business Services
    • t. Other (CPC8790)
    • Duplicating services (CPC87904)
      Translation and interpretation services (CPC87905)
Specific commitments
To allow contractual service providers employed by Hong Kong service suppliers, in the mode of movement of natural persons, to provide services under this sector or sub-sector in the Mainland1.2
Reserved Restrictive Measures under Commercial Presence (Negative List)


1. Business services
  • F. Other Business Services
    • t. Other (CPC8790, except read-only optical discs duplication services3)
Obligations concerned National Treatment
Reserved Restrictive
Commercial Presence
Not to engage in seal engraving services.
For clarity and avoidance of doubt, Hong Kong service suppliers are allowed to set up factoring enterprises in Shenzhen Municipality and Guangzhou Municipality of the Guangdong Province on a pilot basis.

1 Duplicating services, translation and interpretation services.
2 Covering the liberalisation measures provided in CEPA Supplement X.
3 "Read-only optical discs duplication services" belongs to areas covered by Table 4 (Cultural Services Positive List) of Annex 1 of this Agreement.