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Agreement on Trade in Services

The Agreement on Trade in Services (The Agreement) was signed between the Mainland and HKSAR in November 2015. In addition to introducing the new liberalisation measure of implementing, on a pilot basis, a mutual recognition arrangement of certification and relevant testing business among Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao in the China (Guangdong) Pilot Free Trade Zone, with a view to carrying out "certified once, tested once, and results accepted by three places", the Agreement covers and consolidates commitments (relating to liberalisation of trade in services and the testing and certification sector) provided in CEPA and its Supplements and also the Guangdong Agreement.

The Mainland has formulated an Implementation Guide, which provides further details of the new liberalisation measure covered in the Agreement (FAQ).

In December 2018, by way of Exchange of Letters, the Mainland revised the Services Agreement, with a view to further opening up the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) market to Hong Kong. The new measure allows Hong Kong testing organisations to cooperate with designated Mainland certification bodies to undertake CCC testing on all products that are processed or manufactured in the Mainland requiring CCC. It was set to be implemented on 1 March 2019, and its Implementation Guide has been promulgated.