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The following expenditure items are eligible for funding support under EMF:

Trade exhibitions held outside Hong Kong (items (1) to (8) below) or in Hong Kong (items (1) to (6) below)

  1. Rental fee for exhibition booth charged by organiser/co-organiser for exhibitions, or rental fee charged by organiser/co-organiser for other forms of participation for exhibits to be displayed at a fixed location throughout the whole period of the activity concerned, including showcase, table-top display and mannequin/garment rack (viz. “other forms of participation”). The applicant enterprise must be listed as an exhibitor on the exhibitors’ list with its full company name and Hong Kong contact information.

  2. Construction, set-up and design fee of booth, transportation expenses for the components of booth and exhibits (but excluding goods intended for sales purpose), and rental charges for booth furniture for exhibitions.  Expenses for purchasing reusable items and the operation costs of booth (such as salaries of employees) will not be funded.

  3. Participation fee charged by organiser/co-organiser for taking up a speaking session at an exhibition by booth exhibitors at the activity concerned8.

  4. Fee for placing advertisement in the catalogue of an exhibition9 and fee for printing of brochures/leaflets (excluding souvenirs) bearing the full company name of the applicant enterprise and the activity concerned; those brochures/leaflets must be solely for use in that activity.

  5. Fee charged by organiser/co-organiser for exhibitors of an exhibition to place on-site advertisements10, including hanging banner, poster, promotional sticker and display on electronic panel11 at a fixed location inside the contracted exhibition venue throughout the whole period of the activity concerned.  The on-site advertisement must show the full company name and Hong Kong contact information of the applicant enterprise.

  6. Fee charged by the organiser/co-organiser for advertising through the use of mascot12 inside a specific area of the contracted exhibition venue of an exhibition during specific timeslot(s) of the exhibition period as assigned by the organiser.  The mascot should solely be engaged for the purpose of promoting the products and/or services of the applicant enterprise at the activity, and must show the full company name and Hong Kong contact information of the applicant enterprise.  The design of the mascot must be registered by the applicant enterprise, or authorised to be used by the applicant enterprise.

  7. Travelling expenses of the proprietors/partners/shareholders and/or Hong Kong-based salaried employees of the applicant enterprise participating as booth exhibitors incurred between Hong Kong and the city where the activity takes place13, but excluding expenses for in-town transportation and travelling expenses not related to the participation of the activity concerned.  In general, only travelling expenses incurred 5 days before the start of the activity to 5 days after the end of the activity are considered as related to the participation of the activity concerned.

  8. Hotel accommodation expenses of the proprietors/partners/shareholders and/or Hong Kong-based salaried employees of the applicant enterprise participating as booth exhibitors incurred during the period of the activity concerned at the activity city, but excluding expenses of stay not related to the participation of the activity concerned.  In general, only hotel accommodation expenses incurred 2 days before the start of the activity to 2 days after the end of the activity are considered as related to the participation of the activity concerned.

Online trade exhibitions

  1. Fee charged by the organiser/co-organiser for participating as an exhibitor in an online exhibition, including the fee for joining the business matching activities and the participation fee for taking up a speaking session during the exhibition.  The business matching activities and the speaking session must be ancillary to the online exhibition.

  2. Fee charged by the organiser/co-organiser for the design of a virtual booth for a booth exhibitor in the online exhibition.  The virtual booth should show the full company name and Hong Kong contact information of the applicant enterprise.

  3. Fee charged by organiser/co-organiser for exhibitors of an online exhibition to place advertisements, including advertisement on online exhibition catalogue, banners, pop-ups, etc. on the online exhibition website throughout the whole period of the activity concerned.  The advertisement must show the full company name and Hong Kong contact information of the applicant enterprise.

Business missions outside Hong Kong

  1. Participation fee of business mission charged by organiser/co-organiser.

  2. Travelling expenses of the proprietors/partners/shareholders and/or Hong Kong-based salaried employees of the applicant enterprise participating as mission delegates incurred between Hong Kong and the city where the activity takes place13, but excluding expenses for in-town transportation and travelling expenses not related to the participation of the activity concerned.  In general, only travelling expenses incurred 5 days before the start of the activity to 5 days after the end of the activity are considered as related to the participation of the activity concerned.

  3. Hotel accommodation expenses of the proprietors/partners/shareholders and/or Hong Kong-based salaried employees of the applicant enterprise participating as mission delegates incurred during the period of the activity concerned at the activity city, but excluding expenses of stay not related to the participation of the activity concerned.  In general, only hotel accommodation expenses incurred 2 days before the start of the activity to 2 days after the end of the activity are considered as related to the participation of the activity concerned.

Online business missions

  1. Participation fee of business mission charged by organiser/co-organiser.

Advertisements on trade publications

  1. Fee for placing advertisement on trade publications which mainly target markets outside Hong Kong.

Export promotion activities conducted through electronic platforms/media

  1. Fee for placing advertisement and keyword searching on electronic platforms/media.

  2. Non-recurrent fee for product information listing for sales purpose, setting up/enhancing and promoting online shop on electronic platforms/media.  Expenses related to the operation and sales (such as fees for daily maintenance service of online shop, salaries of employees related to daily operation of the online shop, commission based on sales volume, etc.) will not be funded.

Setting up/enhancing the corporate website/mobile application owned by the applicant enterprise

  1. Non-recurrent fee for setting up/enhancing the corporate website/mobile application owned by the applicant enterprise.  Expenses related to the operation and sales (such as fees for daily maintenance service of the website/mobile application, salaries of employees related to daily operation of the website/mobile application, commission based on sales volume, etc.) will not be funded.

All eligible promotion activities

  1. Fee charged for video/product shooting and editing services associated with the promotion of the product and/or services of the applicant enterprises at the eligible promotion activity it participated in.  The video/product should bear the full company name of the applicant enterprise and information on the activity where appropriate.  The service provider should be the organiser or the authorised agent of the organiser of the activity or a photography/videography company with good track record.  Standalone video/product shooting and editing services not related to the eligible promotion activity will not be considered.


Only fees paid by an applicant enterprise14 to the organiser/co-organiser/relevant operator/service provider of a promotion activity are eligible for funding support under EMF.  Fees paid by any third party on behalf of an applicant enterprise, regardless of its relationship with the applicant enterprise, are not eligible for EMF funding.  Any expenses that may be refunded by the organiser/co-organiser/operator/service provider or other organisations/parties of the activity concerned (e.g. refundable tax and deposits for participation in the activity) are also not eligible for funding support under EMF.

If necessary, TID may require an applicant enterprise to provide additional documents (e.g. copy of bank records/credit card statements/bank cheque/cashier order/telegraphic transfer records showing the full company name of the applicant enterprise) to substantiate full payment of the expenses incurred at the activity concerned.

If the expenditure items covered by an application are paid in a currency other than Hong Kong Dollars, TID reserves at all times the absolute right to use prevailing market exchange rates, as it deems fit, to determine the funding amount based on the equivalent amount of the expenditure in Hong Kong Dollars.  TID will not be liable for any discrepancy, due to fluctuation of exchange rate, between the actual amount of expenses in Hong Kong Dollars incurred by the applicant enterprise and the amount of funding support under EMF.


Notes:

8. Including exhibition-cum-conference in which the applicant enterprise takes up a speaking session at the conference plus staging a booth at the exhibition throughout the whole period of the activity concerned.  The speaking session must be offered by the organiser of the exhibition concerned.

9. Including printed exhibition catalogue and electronic exhibition catalogue (in PDF format or placed on the dedicated official exhibition website of the physical exhibition).

10. The on-site advertisement location must be offered by the organiser of the exhibition concerned.

11. Including static (e.g. slides) or dynamic (e.g. videos) electronic display on the electronic panel.

12. Excluding the production fee and storage fee of the mascot, and the salary for engaging staff as mascot.

13. Maximum hours of stay in city of transfer for connecting flight/transport is 24 hours.

14. Including expenses paid by sole proprietor/partners/shareholders/Hong Kong-based salaried employees on behalf of the applicant enterprise, where such expenses have been reimbursed by the applicant enterprise.

 
Last Revision Date : 04 November 2022