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Application Procedure

Application should be submitted to C&ED at least one calendar day before the arrival of the consignment by completing the application form and providing the supporting documents required. The application form and supporting documents can be submitted through email. Based on the mode of transportation and the processing required, C&ED will calculate the fee and issue a General Demand Note to the Applicant. After payment of the fee by the applicant, C&ED will process the application and provide supervision services (if applicable). Upon completion of application processing, a “Certificate of Non-manipulation”1 will be issued to the Applicant.

The importing signatory countries can check the consignments against the information provided on the “Certificate of Non-manipulation” issued by C&ED when considering an application for preferential tariff. Trader has the responsibility to provide the importing signatory countries with the Certificate of Non-manipulation or documents supporting their eligibility to apply for preferential tariff.

First Registration Applicant

For the first-time application of the FTA Scheme, an applicant should submit a completed company registration form and a copy of business registration to C&ED for registration. Once registered on the Company Registration Scheme, the applicant does not need to produce any company information or the copy of business registration for C&ED’s verification of the company’s identity. Yet, the applicant could simply provide the business registration number and the FTA reference for identity verification instead.

Company Registration Form

Application Form and Submission of Application

  1. Free Trade Agreement Transhipment Facilitation Scheme (FTA Scheme) Application Form (CED411)

Supporting Document required for Application

  1. The through bill of lading of the cargo concerned;
  2. Certificate of Origin of the cargo concerned;
  3. Packing list (only applicable to bulk cargo or cargo that needs to be consolidated /vanning / devanning / repacking in HK);
  4. Authorization Letter of the cargo owner (if applicable); and
  5. Other relevant supporting document (if applicable).

1 China Customs may require traders to provide original copy of “Certificate of Non-manipulation” to apply for preferential tariff.

Submission of Application (for transhipment cargo to the Mainland) (for transhipment cargo to Taiwan and Korea)

Application Procedure and Required Supporting Document