Hong Kong manufacturers can now apply for zero-tariff status on goods entering the mainland under Cepa. The Trade and Industry Department and the five chambers of commerce will begin accepting applications for Certificates of Hong Kong Origin-Cepa today, following notification of the mainland's 2004 tariff codes. The five organisations are the Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce, the Federation of Hong Kong Industries, the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, the Indian Chamber of Commerce and the Chinese General Chamber of Commerce. To be accorded zero-tariff status, goods must fulfil Cepa rules of origin and be supported by the certificate of Hong Kong origin. The government reminded traders yesterday that they must enter the mainland tariff codes in their applications.