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Online CBA: How to Apply for the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) Certificate of Origin (Form E) in China?

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Q: How to Apply for the China-ASEAN Free Trade Area (CAFTA) Certificate of Origin (Form E) in China?

A: Here are the two major application procedures for the China-ASEAN FTA Certificate of Origin (Form E):

1. Registration

Consignors of export goods within the territory of China must first complete registration with the inspection and quarantine authorities (hereinafter referred to as the certificate-issuing authorities) before applying for the Certificate of Origin. Applicants should submit the following documents when applying for registration:

a) Registration of Certificate of Origin in duplicate;

b) Copy of valid business licence;

c) Copy of valid Record Filing Registration Form for Foreign Trade Operators or Certificate of Approval for Establishment of Enterprises with Foreign Investment;

d) Copy of the company's valid Organisation Code Certificate;

e) Details of Production Cost of the goods; and

f) Other documents required by the inspection and quarantine authorities.

The certificate-issuing authorities will process the registration of eligible applicants after verifying and examining the above documents.

2. Certificate application

Applicants have to submit the following documents to the certificate-issuing authorities prior to shipment:

a) Application Form for Certificate of Origin;

b) Duly completed Certificate of Origin;

c) Copy of commercial invoice for the export goods;

d) Details of Production Cost for goods with non-originating inputs or goods deemed necessary by the certificate-issuing authorities to have the authenticity of the product origin verified;

e) Customs Declaration Form and bill of lading or waybill must be submitted for a certificate to be issued retroactively; and

f) Other proofs deemed necessary by the certificate-issuing authorities.

(The HKTDC provides one-on-one China Business Advisory Service free of charge to assist companies in resolving problems encountered when doing business in China. For enquiries and appointments, please call (852) 1830 668 or register online.)

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