Officials from both sides of the border will begin a new round of Cepa talks today to expand the agreement so it covers more sectors and duty-free products. Chen Xing, deputy director of the Ministry of Commerce's Department of Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau Affairs, said duty-free goods imported from Hong Kong so far amounted to US$330 million. The amount was just 10 per cent of the value of goods that could enjoy duty-free treatment, Ms Chen said, adding that there was a need to step up publicity about the arrangement. 'Hong Kong businessmen do not know what the zero-tariff policy is all about or how to apply for it. Some do not complete the application process or comply with country-of-origin rules,' she said. The talks in Beijing will cover sectors not discussed during an earlier round last month that centred on six or seven areas, including transport, medical services, accountancy and small businesses. 'We are building on the 18 areas covered by last year's agreement,' Ms Chen said. She declined to say what the new sectors were or how many more products would be exempted from import duties. Ms Chen said Hong Kong businesspeople should read the Cepa agreement carefully because they had been calling for sectors already in the agreement to be included. Reviewing the implementation of Cepa, she said it had been smooth so far but authorities had overlooked minor problems.