Outward Processing Arrangement

The Outward Processing Arrangement (OPA) concerns the textile industry in Hong Kong and the People's Republic of China. It states that Hong Kong manufacturers can subcontract subsidiary and finishing processes to mainland factories, as long as the "major transformation" of the garment takes place in Hong Kong.[1] Major transformation, however, only needs to amount to 10% of total cloth processing.[2] Any products exported to China for outward processing must be reimported to Hong Kong within 2 months.[1] Effective from 10 June 2005, Hong Kong manufacturers can apply to the Trade and Industry Department of Hong Kong for exemption of export duty in association with the processed garments as they are being exported from China.[3]


  1. ^ a b Kwan, Herman (1 August 2006). "Certificate of Origin Circular No. 13/2006: Outward Processing Arrangement (OPA) Registration". Trade and Industry Department. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  2. ^ Windle, Charlotte (5 September 2005). "Stores fashion new Chinese supplies". BBC News. Hong Kong. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  3. ^ Kwan, Herman (2 June 2005). "Certificate of Origin Circular No. 3/2005—Outward Processing Arrangement (OPA): Exemption from Mainland Export Duty for Hong Kong Textiles Products". Trade and Industry Department. Archived from the original on 2 November 2005. Retrieved 9 January 2019.

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