Hong Kong 2020 Strategic Trade Control Policy

2020-09-04 15:25
Strategic Trade Control Policy

Hong Kong is a free port. It is the Government's policy to encourage free flow of goods. Where controls on imports and exports are required, they are imposed on health, safety, environmental protection, anti-smuggling reasons or to secure Hong Kong’s access to high technology products.

The Import and Export Ordinance (Chapter 60, Laws of Hong Kong) and its subsidiary legislation, the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations provide the legal basis for implementing strategic trade control in Hong Kong.

Import, export and transshipment of strategic commodities are subject to licensing control in Hong Kong. The transit of “more sensitive” items also requires import and export licenses.


Apply for Import or Export Licenses

Complete a license application form, and send it together with supporting documentation to the Trade and Industry Department for processing.

Normally, straightforward cases are processed in 2.5 clear working days. Complicated cases may take longer time to process.

While the existing forms are saleable forms (HK$12 and $14 per for import and export license forms respectively) which traders need to purchase at Trade and Industry Department, the application forms are free of charge.

The Customs and Excise Department is responsible for the enforcement of strategic trade control in Hong Kong. Any person who imports or exports any article specified in the Schedules to the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations not under and in accordance with an import or export license issued by the Director-General of Trade and Industry commits an offence and is liable to a fine of $500,000 and to imprisonment for 2 years on summary conviction; and to an unlimited fine and to imprisonment for 7 years on conviction on indictment.

Refer to following link for Strategic Commodities Control List of HKSAR