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Certificate of Origin

The objective of the origin certification system in Hong Kong is to facilitate export of Hong Kong products to external markets.  The system establishes the origin of Hong Kong exports in order to meet the requirements of overseas importing authorities.

The Export (Certificates of Origin) Regulations of the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60) empower the Director-General of Trade and Industry to issue Certificates of Origin in accordance with the stipulated Rules of Origin for any items manufactured, processed or produced in Hong Kong and have been or are about to be exported from Hong Kong.

The Protection of Non-government Certificates of Origin Ordinance (Cap. 324) authorises certain Government Approved Certification Organizations (GACOs)(Note 1) to issue Certificates of Origin(Note 2).  These Certificates of Origin have the same legal status as those issued by the Trade and Industry Department.

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Note 1: The five GACOs are 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.

Note 2: Such certificates include Certificate of Hong Kong Origin, Certificate of Origin-Processing, Certificate of Origin Form A, Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - CEPA, Certificate of Hong Kong Origin - New Zealand and Certificate of Origin - Re-export.