Legal Documents

ASEAN - Hong Kong Free Trade Agreement

Hong Kong and ASEAN commenced negotiations of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and a related Investment Agreement in July 2014. After ten rounds of negotiations, Hong Kong and ASEAN announced the conclusion of the negotiations in September 2017. The FTA and the Investment Agreement (the Agreements) were signed on 12 November 2017.

The Agreements are comprehensive in scope, encompassing trade in goods, trade in services, investment, economic and technical co-operation, dispute settlement mechanism and other related areas. The Agreements will bring legal certainty, better market access and fair and equitable treatment in trade and investment, thus creating new business opportunities and further enhancing trade and investment flows between Hong Kong and ASEAN.

The Agreements will also extend Hong Kong's FTA and Investment Agreement network to cover all major economies in Southeast Asia. They are expected to enter into force on 1 January 2019 the earliest, subject to completion of the necessary procedures.

Free Trade Agreement:

Preamble


Chapter 1:

Establishment of the Free Trade Area, Objectives, General Definitions and Interpretations

Chapter 2:

Trade in Goods

Annex 2-1: (Schedules of Tariff Commitments)

Chapter 3:

Rules of Origin

Annex 3-1: (Operational Certification Procedures)
Annex 3-2: (Product Specific Rules)
Annex 3-3: (Product Specific Rules to be reviewed)

Chapter 4:

Customs Procedures and Trade Facilitation

Chapter 5:

Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures

Chapter 6:

Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment Procedures

Chapter 7:

Trade Remedies

Chapter 8:

Trade in Services

Annex 8-1: (Schedules of Specific Commitments)

Chapter 9:

Economic and Technical Co-operation

Chapter 10:

Intellectual Property

Chapter 11:

General Provisions and Exceptions

Chapter 12:

Institutional Provisions

Chapter 13:

Consultations and Dispute Settlement

Annex 13-1: (Rules of Procedure for Arbitral Tribunal Proceedings)

Chapter 14:

Final Provisions

Investment Agreement and two related side agreements:

Investment Agreement

Side agreement with Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia and Singapore

Side agreement with Singapore