Hong Kong Country Snapshot

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Country Information

Capital: Hong Kong is a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR). It has a total of 1,104 square kilometers, and is composed of several areas: Hong Kong Island, Kowloon peninsula, and the New Territories (which includes various other islands such as Lantau)
Population: 7,234,800
Language: Cantonese, English
Weights and Measures: Metric
Currency: HKD (Hong Kong Dollar) 100 cents equal 1 HK Dollar
Time Zone Operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) Daylight Savings Time is not observed. Hong Kong GMT +8

 

 

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Trade Group Member

Hong Kong is a member of or signatory to the following organizations and trade agreements:

  • World Customs Organization (WCO), the main international organization dealing with Customs matters. According to the Sino-British agreement it will also retain separate standing in the GATT, the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade.
  • World Trade Organization (WTO), Hong Kong is a founding member.
  • General Agreement on Tariff and Trade (GATT), under the Agreement on Textiles and Clothing of the GATT, which replaced the Multi-Fiber Arrangement, a number of bilateral agreements regulating the export of Hong Kong textile products have been negotiated with Austria, Canada, the United States and the European Union nations. These agreements are administered by the Hong Kong Trade and Industry Department through export licensing and quotas.
  • Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of wild fauna and flora (CITES), Hong Kong participates in CITES and provides for the regulation of and seizure of shipments prohibited under this agreement as well as the assessment of fines.
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), which is composed of countries in the Pacific Rim (Brunei, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and the United States of America).
  • Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) signed on 29 Jun 2003 between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) and the Central People’s Government of China (CPG).
  • The Free Trade Agreement between Hong Kong and three member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA): Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland entered force October 1, 2012.  The agreement between Hong Kong and Norway, the fourth EFTA State, will take effect November 1, 2012.

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General Import Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Most of Hong Kong's international traffic arrives at either its airport or at its cargo seaport and entry is submitted to the Customs & Excise Department (C&ED) at those locations. Shipments arriving by land from China are cleared through the electronic manifest submission to the C&ED in ROCARS (Road Cargo System).For air shipments, customs clearance is initiated by the carrier sending cargo information to C&ED electronically through the ACCS (Air Cargo Clearance System) prior to the arrival of the aircraft.  C&ED staff will review the inbound cargo information and assign constraint codes to shipments which are restricted, prohibited from entry or which are subject to excise duty (Tobacco, Liquors with an alcoholic strength of more than 30%, Methyl Alcohol, Hydrocarbon Oil). Shipments with constraint codes must be presented to C&ED staff and any other relevant government departments upon arrival. Shipments subject to control by other government departments will be held until the controlling department has been contacted for their instructions and that department has granted an endorsement. The controlling department may perform a physical examination. Shipments without a C&ED constraint code and those which have been examined and released by C&ED are considered cleared through customs.

Persons importing counterfeit goods, infringing copyright laws related to computer software, music CD's and tapes, etc. will be held liable for criminal prosecution.

Except for certain exempted articles like sample shipments valued under HKD 1,000, import shipments usually require an import declaration and, depending upon the commodity, may also require an import license from the government agency which regulates that commodity. When required, the import declaration must be submitted by the importer to the Census & Statistics Department within 14 calendar days of shipment arrival and must include the Harmonized Schedule (HS) statistical data. Unlike many countries, it is possible for a shipment to be cleared through customs before HS number classification has been provided to the government. For those commodities which are subject to excise duty, the importer must pay the excise duty and obtain an import permit before the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department will release the shipment. It is the responsibility of the importer to follow the procedures necessary to become a licensed importer and to obtain the required import licenses and permits from the appropriate agency(ies). It is important that the names and addresses of the foreign exporter and of the Hong Kong importer are consistent on all shipping and license documents.

Import licenses are specific and are issued by the relevant government departments. Examples of licenses and permits are found on many of the Hong Kong government department web sites such as the website for the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department. http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/home/index.html

Application is made by the importer to the appropriate government department, if possible, prior to the shipments arrival. Carriers, forwarders, and agents may not apply for an import license on behalf of the consignee. The licenses may be valid for up to 6 months and may or may not have quantity restrictions.

Textiles Trader Registration Scheme

With effect from November 21, 2014, all textiles imported into or exported from Hong Kong do not require any textiles licenses. Traders registered under the Textiles Trader Registration Scheme (TTRS) are no longer required to lodge textile notifications to cover their textiles shipments. However, the TTRS is still available for textiles traders to join the Scheme voluntarily. Additional information about the TTRS is available from the Trade and Industry Department web site at http://www.tid.gov.hk/english/import_export/textiles/ts_maincontent.html

Document Requirements

Air Waybill or Bill of Lading

There are no special requirements; however, whenever other documents such as a commercial invoice are included, it is important that the name and address of the foreign importer or exporter and the name and address of the Hong Kong party are consistent on all shipping and license documents. 

Commercial Invoice

Commercial invoices are not required to obtain clearance but are needed for advance clearance processing. They are used to identify the different types of licensable shipments and to contact importers prior to arrival in order to obtain any missing information or documentation. It is recommended that all shipments shipped via FedEx have a commercial invoice prepared and included with the shipment when exporting to Hong Kong.

Import Declaration

An import declaration must be lodged with the Census and Statistics Department for all shipments after the receipt of the goods but within 14 calendar days of importation. It is not required for sample shipments valued below HKD 1000, or personal gift shipments. Declaration charges are assessed at the rate of HKD 0.2 for the first HKD 46,000 of value plus HKD 0.125 for each additional HKD 1,000 or part thereof and rounded up to the nearest 10 cents. The declaration must be submitted through EDI via Brio, Tradelink or Global e-Trading to the Census and Statistics Department.

Import License

Import licenses are specific and are issued by the relevant government departments and may be valid for up to 6 months. There may or may not be quantity restrictions. Application is made by the importer directly to the government department. See the "Useful Contact Information" section of this profile regarding information on government departments and specific products they control. Import licenses are required for the following:

  • Dutiable commodities* (tobacco, liquor with alcoholic strength of more than 30%, hydrocarbon oils and methyl alcohol)
  • Strategic Commodities (certain electronic equipment, scientific instruments, integrated circuits, computer equipment with encryption function, metalloid and petroleum products, arms and ammunitions, chemical and biological agents) 
  • Reserved commodities (rice, frozen meat and frozen poultry)
  • Agricultural pesticides
  • Optical disc mastering & replication equipment
  • Left-hand drive vehicles, outboard engines exceeding 150 hp/111.9 kilowatts, optical disc mastering & replication equipment
  • Radioactive substances and irradiating apparatus
  • Pharmaceutical products and medicines
  • Rough Diamonds 
  • Manufactured products made from endangered species
  • Dangerous Drugs
  • Controlled Chemicals
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Radio Transmitting Apparatus

* Dutiable commodities are licensed by Customs & Excise Department. 


Dutiable Commodity Permit

Dutiable commodity permits, also called DCP are electronic permits and required for each importation of dutiable goods.  The permits are issued by the Customs & Excise Department to an importer after the payment of excise charges.  Once obtained, it must be submitted to C&ED to obtain release of the shipments

Customs Valuation

Customs valuation is applied to duty/tax assessment for import of dutiable commodities, i.e. liquor with alcoholic strength of more than 30%, tobacco, hydro-carbon oil and methyl alcohol. The value of goods for the purpose of assessing the ad valorem excise duties is determined under the Dutiable Commodity Ordinance.

Import Duties

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR) is a free port and does not levy any Customs tariffs, tariff quotas or surcharges on imports.  Nor does "value added" or "general services" taxes on imports apply. There are import duties that are levied on 4 types of goods irrespective of whether they are imported or locally manufactured. These goods are:

  • Liquors with alcoholic strength of more than 30%
  • Tobacco
  • Hydrocarbon oil
  • Methyl alcohol 

Hong Kong Customs assess duty/tax based on the value of goods when assessed, import duties must be paid prior to clearance and release of the shipment. Importers may pay prior to arrival in order to obtain an Import Permit.  For shipments which have import charges assessed in an amount under 2,000.00 (HKD), FedEx will normally advance payment to the appropriate department on behalf of the importer, but such advance is subjected to Custom's approval and is made at FedEx's discretion.

Antidumping

None.

Excise Duties

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR) is a free port and does not levy any Customs tariffs, tariff quotas or surcharges on imports. HKSAR does not assess "value added" or "general services" taxes on imports either. There are excise duties that are levied on 4 types of goods irrespective of whether they are imported or locally manufactured. These goods are:

  • Liquors with alcoholic strength of more than 30%
  • Tobacco
  • Hydrocarbon oil
  • Methyl alcohol 

When assessed, excise duties must be paid prior to clearance and release of the shipment. Importers may pay prior to arrival in order to obtain an Import Permit.  For shipments which have excise charges assessed in an amount under 2,000.00 (HKD), FedEx will normally advance payment to the Customs and Excises Department on behalf of the importer, but such advance is subjected to Custom's approval and is made at FedEx's discretion.

Additional Duties

None.

Import Taxes

None.

Customs Fees

None

Exchange Controls

None.

Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT's)

Technical barriers or non-tariff barriers to trade as they are sometimes known, can cause many problems for exporters looking for new markets for their products. These barriers can be in the form of regulations, standards, testing and certification procedures. The World Trade Organization (WTO) Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade tries to ensure that these barriers do not create unnecessary obstacles. To obtain further information on Technical Barriers to Trade as well as Notifications on technical regulations and conformity assessment procedures, go to the WTO website at http://www.wto.org/english/tratop_e/tbt_e/tbt_e.htm.

Consular Fees

None.

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Hong Kong Import Prohibitions

The following items are generally prohibited from import into Hong Kong:

  • Smokeless tobacco and snuff
  • Food containing non-permitted coloring matter, artificial sweeteners, aflatoxins, preservatives, anti-oxidants, or certain metals
  • Halons and CFC's (i.e. ozone-depleting substances)
  • Asbestos
  • Actinolite
  • Anthophyllite
  • Amosite
  • Crocidolite
  • Tremolite
  • Ivory and ivory products
  • Dangerous Goods under Class 1 & 7 as defined by IATA
  • Personal Drugs
  • Dangerous Drugs entering in and passing through Hong Kong such as opium, morphine, heroin, cannabis, cocaine, amphetamines, stimulants, hypnotics, tranquilizers, sedatives, khat, kat, qat, ghat, chat, catha, tschat, miraa, abyssinian tea, bushman's tea and catha edulis.
  • Controlled Chemicals entering in and passing through Hong Kong. These chemicals are the precursor to dangerous drugs and psychotropic substances such as acetic anhydride, ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine.
  • Electronic Cigarettes are prohibited unless prior approval has been granted by FedEx Hong Kong Operations, Sales and Trade Services
  • Hazardous Chemicals to be tran-shiipped in or out of Hong Kong
  • Transshipment of Strategic Commodities such as carbon fibre prepreg, cryptographic/encryption equipment, field programmable logic device, firewall, firebox, liquid crystal polymer, IC (Integrated Circuits under ECCN3A001), network or Virtual Private Network (VPN) equipment, night vision goggles, radar system, router, security system, server, telecommunication system, thermal imaging/infrared camera, voice over internet protocol (VOIP), and media access control equipment.
  • Transshipmens of Hazardous Chemicals such as Asbestos, Hexachlorobenzene, Polybrominated/Polychlorinated Biphenyls, Polychlorinated Terphenyls, Tetrethyl/Tetramethyl lead, Tris (2,3-dibromopropyl) phosphate.
  • Radioactives
  • Pesticides
  • Sand (more than 100 kgs)

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General Import Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Hong Kong Restrictions

Hong Kong is a free port and has very few trade restrictions.  Import and export licenses are required only to enable the government to enforce their international obligations, the following items are those that require a license:

  • Dangerous drugs, pharmaceutical products and medicines
  • Controlled chemicals: including substances which are precursors or chemical for manufacture of dangerous drugs or psychotropic substances
  • Endangered species (Plants and Animals) or products derived from them
  • Live animals and animal products such as dog skin, canine plasma
  • Plants and plant pests
  • Pesticides
  • Radioactive substances and irradiating apparatus
  • Strategic commodities such as certain kinds of computer and telecommunication equipment, articles for a military use, etc
  • Explosives, fireworks, firearms and ammunition, weapons
  • Rice, meat, poultry
  • Radio transmitting devices (includes mobile phones)
  • Optical disc mastering and replication equipment
  • Rough Diamond (un-worked or simply sawn cleaved or bruted)
  • Hazardous Chemicals
  • Ozone depletion substances
  • Soil and sand requires an authorization issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) prior to shipment arrival, except that it is imported from China.


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Special Import Provisions

Temporary Imports 

Most goods (except liquors, tobacco, hydrocarbon oil and methyl alcohol) can be imported as temporary importations into Hong Kong if consigned for tradeshows, fairs, etc. using FedEx International Priority services.  However, the shipper and importer need to be aware that some shipments may need to be moved under an ATA Carnet if they are being forwarded to another country that is not a free port such as Hong Kong.  FedEx International Priority service cannot be used if an ATA Carnet is required.  If the shipment is not moving under an ATA Carnet it is free to move in and out under normal import and export processing.  Please contact your local FedEx customer service department if more information is needed on our services.

Personal Effects

Hong Kong importers and exporters of personal effects are required to lodge import or export declarations.  Shipments containing goods that are subject to excise tax are not exempt from excise charges even when declared as gifts or as personal effects shipments.  Air Waybill and the Commercial Invoice must state a clear and concise descripton(s) for Personal Effects, as certain commodities may be subject to duty/tax or import license.

Samples

Hong Kong allows shipments of samples to enter with a "0" value or "No Commercial Value".  While importers and exporters of sample shipments valued at less than HKD 1,000 are exempt from filing imort or export declarations, there is no exemption from import permits for dutiable commodities even if the shipment value is under HKD 1,000 and the shipping docuemnts state the contents are samples.

Gifts

Importers and Exporters of Gift shipments are exempt from filing import  or export declarations but do require a statement on the shipping documents that the goods are for personal gift, no commercial value.  Shipments containing goods that are subject to excise tax are not exempt from excise charges even when declared as gifts or as personal shipments.  

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Standards

Hong Kong does not have an official standards authority or standardization body producing official domestic standards. Standards, if applied in Hong Kong are imposed for safety, security, health and environmental reasons and are essentially based on international standards and /or prevailing overseas standards.

 
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General Export Clearance Information

Clearance Process

Working with Customs officials throughout the world, FedEx has developed innovative technology to eliminate many paperwork-handling steps and expedite the movement of international shipments. This is the FedEx Expressclear electronic Customs clearance system. Starting at the origin, state-of-the-art technology allows the processing of shipment paperwork and electronic transmission of documents to the designated FedEx hub and destination clearance location. The Expressclear system also keeps a database of regulatory information which includes importers' numbers, broker designation, corporate contact names and telephone numbers. At a FedEx hub, international shipments are sorted, scanned and loaded onto an international flight. Vital shipment information is keyed into a worldwide manifest database that is linked to computer systems operated by brokers and Customs officials in many countries. Even before the plane has taken off, or while it is in the air, Customs agents and brokers at the destination airport of entry can begin examining shipping manifests, querying air waybill data if they need more details, assessing duties and taxes and selecting which shipments they wish to examine. By the time the plane arrives at its destination, many packages have already been cleared by Customs. As the plane is unloaded, the Expressclear system identifies packages to be examined and prints "cleared" Customs labels for all others. Cleared shipments can be transferred to trucks for immediate delivery. International shipments are scanned at all key points throughout the process and this allows for up-to-date status reports including when Customs clearance is obtained.

Document Requirements

Air Waybill or Bill of Lading

Air Waybill is required for export of any kinds of shipments. Whenever other documents such as a commercial
invoice are included, it is important that the name and address of the foreign importer or exporter and the name
and address of the Hong Kong party are consistent on all shipping and license documents.

Commercial Invoice

It is necessary that all non-document shipments shipped via FedEx have a commercial invoice prepared and
included with the shipment when exporting to Hong Kong.

Export Declaration

An export declaration must be lodged with the Census and Statistics Department for all shipments after the export of the goods but within 14 calendar days of exportation. It is not required for sample shipments valued below HKD1,000, or personal gift shipments. Declaration charges are assessed at the rate of HKD 0.2 for the first HKD46,000 of value plus HKD 0.125 for each additional HKD1,000 or part thereof and rounded up to the nearest 10 cents. The declaration must be submitted through EDI via Brio, Tradelink or Global e-Trading to the Census and Statistics Department.

Export License
The same commodities which require an import license are also subject to export licensing (see import license). The exporter must submit a license application prior to exportation.  Export licenses may be valid for up to 3 months. The licenses include:

  • Form 6 - for goods other than textiles but which are subject to license controls.
  • Export License (Strategic Commodities).
  • Kimberley Process Certification (Export).

 

Export Clearance Process

(For Hong Kong residents and businesses exporting goods to other countries)

Export shipments usually require an export declaration except for certain exempted articles like sample shipments valued under HKD 1,000.  Depending upon the commodity, an export license may be required from the government agency which regulates that commodity.  For commodities subject to licensing controls, the exporter must be a licensed exporter and is responsible for obtaining the required export licenses and permits from the appropriate department(s).  

Export licenses are specific and are issued by the relevant government departments.  Application is made by the exporter at the appropriate government department prior to tendering the shipment to the carrier (carriers, forwarders, and agents may not apply for an export license on behalf of the exporter).  The licenses may be valid for up to 3 months.  Goods subject to excise charges also require an export permit.  The exporter is also responsible for providing Harmonized Schedule statistical data to the Census & Statistics Department within 14 calendar days of shipments departure.  Prior to departure, the carrier will tender the necessary export licenses, permits or other paperwork to the Trade and Industry Department and the other government departments (some export licenses remain attached to the shipment for use by the destination government's customs clearance process).

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Hong Kong Export Prohibitions

The following items are generally prohibited from export from Hong Kong:

  • Smokeless Tobacco and Snuff
  • Food containing non-permitted coloring matter, artificial sweeteners, aflatoxins, preservatives, anti-oxidants, or certain metals
  • Halons and CFC's (i.e. ozone-depleting substances)
  • Electronic Cigarettes
  • Dangerous Goods under Class 1 & 7 as defined by IATA
  • Personal Drugs

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General Export Restrictions

You are prohibited from tendering the following items for shipment to any international destinations unless otherwise indicated, and you agree not to do so. (Additional restrictions may apply depending on destination. Various regulatory clearances in addition to customs clearance may be required for certain commodities, thereby extending the transit time.)

  1. APO/FPO addresses.
  2. C.O.D. shipments.
  3. Human corpses, human organs or body parts, human and animal embryos, or cremated or disinterred human remains.
  4. Explosives (Class 1.4 explosives are acceptable for carriage to Canada, Germany, France, Japan, United Arab Emirates and United Kingdom. Note: United Arab Emirates only allows Class 1.4 explosives to be shipped hold-for-pickup to the FedEx Express facility in Dubai).
  5. Items resembling a bomb, hand grenade or other explosive device, except as provided in the Dangerous Goods section. This includes, but is not limited to, inert products such as novelty items, training aids and works of art.
  6. Firearms, weaponry and their parts (acceptable between the U.S. and Puerto Rico).
  7. Perishable foodstuffs and foods and beverages requiring refrigeration or other environmental control. An exception is available by contract only. Contact your FedEx account executive for information.
  8. Live animals including insects, except as provided in the Live Animals section in the FedEx Service Guide. (Call the FedEx Live Animal Desk at 1.800.405.9052).
  9. Plants and plant material, including cut flowers (cut flowers are acceptable from the U.S. to selected points in Canada and from Colombia, Ecuador and the Netherlands to the U.S.).
  10. Lottery tickets and gambling devices where prohibited by law.
  11. Money (coins, cash, currency, paper money and negotiable instruments equivalent to cash such as endorsed stocks, bonds and cash letters).
  12. Pornographic and/or obscene material.
  13. Shipments being processed under:
    1. Duty drawbacks claims unless advance arrangements are made.
    2. Temporary Import Bonds – acceptable under the FedEx International Broker Select option, for initial import only.
    3. U.S. State Department licenses
    4. Carnets
    5. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration export permit.
    6. Letters of Credit. Shipments subject to Letters of Credit are generally prohibited, with the exception of shipments subject to Letters of Credit calling for a “courier receipt”, as defined by Article 25 of UCP 600, shipped using the FedEx Expanded Service International Air Waybill.
    7. Certificate of Registration shipments (CF4455).

    You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say “international services’). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.
  14. Hazardous waste, including, but not limited to, used hypodermic needles or syringes transported for sterilization, recycling, disposal or for any other purpose, or other medical waste.
  15. Shipments that may cause damage to, or delay of, equipment, personnel or other shipments.
  16. Shipments that require us to obtain any special licenses or permit for transportation, importation or exportation.
  17. Shipments or commodities whose carriage, importation or exportation is prohibited by any law, statute or regulation.
  18. Counterfeit goods, including, but not limited to, goods under a trademark, without the approval or oversight of the registered trademark owner (also commonly referred to as "fake goods" or "knock-offs").
  19. Marijuana, as defined by U.S. federal law, 21 U.S.C. 802(16), including marijuana intended for recreational or medicinal use, and synthetic cannabinoids.
  20. Shipments with a declared value for customs in excess of that permitted for a specific destination. (See the Declared Value for Carriage and Limits of Liability section in the FedEx Service Guide).
  21. Dangerous goods except as permitted under the Dangerous Goods section of these terms and conditions.
  22. Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets. Taxidermy-finished hunting trophies or completely processed (dried) specimens of whole animals or parts of animals are acceptable for shipment into the U.S.
  23. Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odor of any kind.
  24. Wildlife products that require U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service export clearance by FedEx prior to exportation from the U.S.
  25. In-bond shipments destined to or being withdrawn from a Foreign Trade Zone or bonded warehouse, unless the FedEx International Broker Select option is selected for U.S. import shipments, or the FedEx International Controlled Export service option is selected for U.S. export shipments.

Notwithstanding any other provision of the FedEx Service Guide, we are not liable for delay of, loss of damage to a shipment of any prohibited item. The shipper agrees to indemnity FedEx for any and all costs, fees and expenses FedEx incurs as a result of the shipper's violation of any local, state or federal laws or regulations or from tendering any prohibited item for shipment.

You may be able to ship these items via FedEx International Controlled Export, FedEx International Premium, FedEx International Express Freight (IXF) or FedEx International Airport-to-Airport (ATA). For information on FedEx International Controlled Export, call International Customer Service at 1.800.GoFedEx 1.800.463.3339 (say "international services"). For information on the other services listed call FedEx Express Freight Customer Service at 1.800.332.0807.

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Hong Kong Restrictions

Specific export permits are for commodities subject to export controls. The Trade and Industry Department is the government office for dual use exports (commercial items that may have military applications). Other departments and agencies have regulatory jurisdiction and issue licenses for controlled substances and precursor chemicals, for endangered fish and wildlife species, for defense services and articles, for arms and munitions, for nuclear material, equipment and technology, for fuels, for drugs and medical devices.  License requirements are dependent upon an item's technical characteristics, the destination, the end-use, end-user and other activities of the end-user. Specific questions pertaining to commodity licensing requirements should be directed to the lead agency. Agency information, telephone number and basic commodities that might require export permits could be identified by accessing the department and agency web sites listed in the profile.

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Regulatory Contact Information

Branch or Agency Name Areas of Responsibility
The Trade and Industry Department
Trade Department Tower,
700 Nathan Road,
Kowloon
Hong Kong
24 Hours General Enquiry Hotline: 2392 2922
  • Import and Export Licensing control (Reserved Commodities, Strategic Commodities including certain electronics, body armor, computer equipment and software, left-hand drive vehicles, (also outboard engines exceeding 150 hp/111.9 kilowatts and rough diamonds, etc.)
The Customs & Excise Department
License and Permit Division
3/F Customs Headquarters Building
222 Java Road, North Point
Hong Kong
Tel:
3759 2500 (permits)
3759 2398 (licenses)
  • Import and Export Clearance and Dutiable Commodity (tobacco, liquor with an alcoholic strength of more than 30%, methyl alcohol, hydrocarbon oils) Control of Optical Disc Mastering & Replication Equipment.
The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conversation Department
5/F, Cheung Sha Wan Government Offices 303 Cheung Sha Wan Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel:
2708 8885
  • Import and Export control of Animals, Plants and Soil including licensing under CITES provisions
The Department of Health
21/F Wu Chung House,
213 Queen's Road East,
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Tel:
2961 8989
2961 8991
  • Import and Export of Pharmaceutical Products, dangerous Drugs
Department of Health
Radiation Health Unit
3/F Sai Wan Ho Health Center,
28 Tai Hong Street,
Sai Wan Ho,
Hong Kong
Tel:
2886 1551
  • Import of Radioactive Substances and Irradiating Apparatus (X-ray machines, etc.

Environmental Protection Department
Air Management Group
33/F Revenue Tower,
5 Gloucester Road,
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Tel:
2594 6242
2594 6234

  • Import and Export of Ozone Depleting Substances
Office of the Communications Authority
25/F & 29/F Wu Chung House,
213 Queen's Road East,
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Tel:
2961 6333
  • Import and Export of Radio Transmitting Equipment
The Census & Statistics Department
Wanchai Tower,
12 Harbour Road
Wanchai,
Hong Kong
Trade Declaration Enquiry Hotline: 2877 1818,
  • Control of Trade Data for statistical purpose
Civil Engineering & Development Department
5/F, Civil Engineering and Development Building, 101 Princess Margaret Road, Homantin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel:
2762 5593
  • Import and Export of Sand

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