The Certificate of Origin: The Second Piece of Paper

Lawrence W. R. Mills

in Protecting Free Trade

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9789888083985
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9789882209084 | DOI:
The Certificate of Origin: The Second Piece of Paper

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This chapter explains the origins and uses of the certificate of origin, used in international trade for goods not entitled to the benefits of a free trade area or customs union. A complex system of certificates of origin were used extensively in Hong Kong, which by the 1960s was exporting goods to over a hundred different markets, each with its own set of origin rules. The chapter examines the Hong Kong government’s involvement in certification of origin and its development in the 1960s, and its attempts to promote free trade in an increasingly protectionist world.

Keywords: Hong Kong; Free trade; Certificate of origin; Protectionism; Customs union

Chapter.  4635 words. 

Subjects: Business and Management

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