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New Zealand–Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement

The New Zealand–Hong Kong, China Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (NZ–HKC CEP) was signed in Hong Kong on 29 March 2010 and entered into force on 1 January 2011.

The Agreement allows for originating goods exported from Hong Kong, China to gain preferential tariff treatment upon importation into NZ. Currently, all goods imported into Hong Kong, China, regardless of origin, are duty-free. The agreement ensures that in the future New Zealand goods imported into Hong Kong, China will remain duty-free.

For more information on the NZ–HKC CEP and the rules of origin, see Fact Sheet 45 (PDF 210 KB). Further information, including a tariff finder, can be found on the MFAT website.

Claiming Preference in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, China may request claims for preference to be evidenced by a declaration about the origin of the good.

Claiming Preference in New Zealand

For most goods, there is no requirement for goods which are the origin of NZ under this agreement to be accompanied by a certificate of origin issued by a certification body.

However, goods classified under Chapters 61 and 62 of the HS code (apparel goods) have different requirements. The exporter/producer is required to obtain a certificate of origin from the Trade and Industry Department of Hong Kong, China or a Government Approved Certification Organisation of Hong Kong, China.

Product Specific Rules

New Zealand Customs Notices

HS2012 – Changes to NZ Rules of Origin Regulations – Hong Kong, China (PDF 120 KB)

Rules of Origin Provisions