For the purpose of controlling the exports of specific types of strategic commodities, overseas exporting licensing authorities may ask their exporters who, in turn, request Hong Kong importers to obtain an International Import Certificate ("IIC"). On the IIC, the Hong Kong importer undertakes that the goods concerned will be imported into Hong Kong and will not be diverted, transshipped, or re-exported except under the authority of an export license issued by Trade and Industry Department (TID). An approved IIC issued by the TID is valid for six months from the date of issue.
How to apply for an IIC?
(A) Paper Applications
Application for IIC should be made on a designated form SC040. IIC application never comes alone. It should always be lodged together with a related import license application [in Form TID 501. Having completed both the IIC and the import license application forms, applicants should hand in the forms to the Customer Service Centre of the Strategic Trade Controls Branch.
(B) Electronic Applications
Companies can also apply for IICs electronically.
Applicants are reminded that the original signed copy of the IIC Application Form must be provided to the TID in all circumstances. Thus, after making the E-Application, applicants should ensure the delivery of the original signed IIC Application Form to the TID as soon as possible. The TID will withhold approval and issuance of the IIC unless and until the original form is received.
Irrespective of the mode of applications, applicants of the IIC should ensure that shipment information provided in the IIC Application Form tally exactly with those in the related import license application. They should also note that an IIC will normally not be issued to cover goods intended to be further re-exported or diverted to other destinations after import. Therefore, a declaration to the effect that the goods under application will be imported into Hong Kong and will not be diverted, transshipped, or re-exported to any destination except under the authority of an export license issued by the Director-General of Trade and Industry will need to be made on the IIC Application Form.