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China Clarifies CEPA Origin Requirement Regulations

The definition of goods of mainland / Hong Kong origin for the purposes of CEPA has been clarified. In line with this, goods wholly-produced on the mainland or in Hong Kong (or produced with approved raw materials) will be considered to be of mainland / Hong Kong origin. Goods partly made in Hong Kong / the mainland that comply with the Product Specific Rules of Origin, as well as goods where the value added in Hong Kong / the mainland is above a specified percentage will also be granted the same status.

In more specific terms, goods will be deemed to be of mainland / Hong Kong origin if they meet the following criteria:

  • They were wholly obtained or produced in mainland / Hong Kong
  • They were produced on the mainland / Hong Kong entirely using raw materials that comply with the requirements set out in the administrative measures
  • They were not wholly obtained or produced on the mainland / Hong Kong, but:
    - fall under the scope of the Product Specific Rules of Origin under the Agreement on Trade in Goods and comply with other such rules, such as the change of tariff classification, regional value proportion or the relevant manufacturing / processing procedures
    - do not fall under the Product Specific Rules of Origin under the Agreement on Trade in Goods, but their regional value proportion is not less than 30% as calculated by the cumulative method or the regional value proportion is not less than 40% as calculated by the deduction method

The new measures were formulated by the General Administration of Customs (GAC) and came into effect on 1 January this year.

For further details, please access the following links:

GAC Announcement No.214 (28 December 2018) (in Chinese)

Hong Kong-Origin Mainland Imports Granted Zero-Tariff Status

 

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