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Important Information

 04/19/2017

US Exports to Hong Kong – New Rule

A new U.S. rule will go into effect April 19, 2017, for the export of certain goods from the U.S. to Hong Kong.

This rule requires that a shipper in the U.S. must obtain a copy of a Hong Kong import license – or an official written document of exemption from the Hong Kong government, stating that the shipper does not require such a license – before either exporting or re-exporting any item that is subject to Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and/or controlled on the Commerce Control List (CCL) for:

  • National security (NS)
  • Missile technology (MT)
  • Nuclear nonproliferation (NP column 1)
  • Chemical and biological weapons (CB)
This rule also applies to goods being re-exported from Hong Kong, including any goods that are exported from the U.S. and travel, in transit, through Hong Kong en route to their final destination.

Failure to obtain necessary licenses or statements could result in possible delays, fines, penalties and/or seizure of shipment upon arrival in Hong Kong.

For more information, please refer to the US BIS HK RuleExternal Link / New Window, the US BIS HK FAQsExternal Link / New Window and the Hong Kong Strategic Trade Control SystemExternal Link / New Window website.

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