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Coverage of the FTA Scheme has been extended from the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement to other 12 Free Trade Agreements signed by the Mainland, including the China-Korea Free Trade Agreement and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement recently signed.

The FTA Scheme covers transhipment cargo in Hong Kong heading for the Mainland under the following agreements:

  1. Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between the Mainland and Taiwan
  2. The China-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  3. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement
  4. Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-operation between the Association of South East Asian Nations and the People’s Republic of China
  5. The China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement
  6. The China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement
  7. The China-Iceland Free Trade Agreement
  8. The China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement
  9. The China-Chile Free Trade Agreement
  10. The China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement
  11. The China-Peru Free Trade Agreement
  12. The China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement
  13. The Asia Pacific Trade Agreement

The FTA Scheme also covers transhipment cargo in Hong Kong heading for Taiwan, Korea and Australia under the following agreements:

  1. Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement between the Mainland and Taiwan
  2. The China-Korea Free Trade Agreement
  3. The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Traders should pay attention to the requirements concerning transhipment cargo could be regarded as direct consignments under respective Free Trade Agreements, e.g. maximum period of stay in third party, cargo storage and processing arrangements etc. For details of the requirements of related FTA, please visit the website of the China Free Trade Agreement Network by Ministry of Commerce, PRC –

http://fta.mofcom.gov.cn/english/index.shtml
http://tga.mofcom.gov.cn/

Under different agreements, the maximum period of stay in the third place may vary and a summary is provided here under (the information provided by related FTA prevails) -

FTAs Maximum transhipment period
1 Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement 60 days
2 The China-Korea Free Trade Agreement 3 months
3 The China-Australia Free Trade Agreement 12 months
4 Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Co-operation between the Association of South East Asian Nations and the People’s Republic of China -
5 The China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement -
6 The China-Singapore Free Trade Agreement 3 months
7 The China-Iceland Free Trade Agreement -
8 The China-Switzerland Free Trade Agreement -
9 The China-Chile Free Trade Agreement 3 months
10 The China-Costa Rica Free Trade Agreement 3 months
11 The China-Peru Free Trade Agreement 3 months
12 The China-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement 6 months
13 The Asia Pacific Trade Agreement -

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