CCC Mark – Basic Liberalization of Trade in Services between Guangdong and Hong Kong

Intertek Hong Kong is one of the approved testing labs accredited by Hong Kong Accreditation Services (HKAS) for selected products listed in the China Compulsory Certificate (CCC) categories that are manufactured in Guangdong Province of Mainland China under the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA). CEPA enables the company to conduct CCC Mark testing in Hong Kong for Audio and Visual Apparatus’ that are designed and prototyped in Hong Kong, and processed or manufactured in Guangdong Province, by collaborating with Mainland certification bodies.

Currently, Intertek Hong Kong is ONE of only TWO approved testing labs for ‘Audio & Visual Apparatus’ in Hong Kong. Only one category for ‘Audio & Visual Apparatus’ is liberated at this stage.

Intertek Hong Kong also has the accreditation on other categories such as electrical switches, protective and connection devices, household and similar electrical appliances, information technology equipment, lighting apparatus and toys, which are anticipated to be gradually opened up for testing in the next year or two. Intertek Hong Kong is the only testing lab in Hong Kong to qualify for testing on electrical switches, protective and connection devices.

CEPA Agreement on Liberalization of Trade in Services in Guangdong China: Measures on Testing and Certification
On 18 December 2014, a new Agreement has been signed under the framework of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) between Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) for the purpose of basic liberalization of trade in services between Guangdong China and Hong Kong.

The scope and measures for liberalization under CEPA and its supplements have been approved. The Agreement extends the measures in Guangdong Province by previous CEPA supplements to other parts of Mainland regarding voluntary certification. In respect of the mode of service supply in the form of commercial presence, China will not impose any particular restrictions for eligible Hong Kong service suppliers in Guangdong Province in terms of market access requirements (i.e., they can enjoy the same treatment as the Mainland enterprises) except for those inconsistent/inapplicable measures reserved as well as the measures on standards management.

The achievement of liberalization will enable Hong Kong investors to take early advantage of opening up the Guangdong market in various service sectors.  The framework and content of the Agreement also sets a model for basic liberalization of trade in services nationwide next year.

Measures in the Agreement will be implemented from 1 March 2015.

Background information and details of the Agreement can be found in the Government press release below:

http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201412/18/P201412171261.htm (English)
http://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/201412/18/P201412180007.htm (Chinese)
      

For enquiries:

Intertek Hong Kong
Ms Crystal Nip
Marketing - Consumer & Commercial Electrical
Tel: +852 2173 8820/ 2173 8888
Email: news.etls-hk@intertek.com