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Import and Export (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2013

Explanatory Note

L.N. 25 of 2013

Paragraph 1

B197


Explanatory Note

The object of this Regulation is to amend the Import and Export (General) Regulations (Cap. 60 sub. leg. A) to prohibit the export of powdered formula (as defined under a new definition) to all places outside Hong Kong, except under an export licence or an exemption.

2. The prohibition covers all substances in powder form that are or appear to be for consumption by a person aged under 36 months (child), and are or appear to be milk or milk-like substances in powder form to satisfy wholly or partly the nutritional requirement of a child (powdered formula).

3. To allow a reasonable quantity for personal use, the prohibition does not apply to powdered formula not exceeding 1.8 kg in total net weight that is exported in the accompanied personal baggage of a person leaving Hong Kong. However, the person must be aged 16 or above who did not in the last 24 hours leave Hong Kong.

4. In addition, provisions are made to cater for the need of children leaving Hong Kong together with a person aged 16 or above who left Hong Kong one or more times in the last 24 hours. The prohibition does not apply to powdered formula, not exceeding a reasonable quantity for the children’s consumption during the travelling time from a point of exit in Hong Kong to the next point of entry in a place outside Hong Kong, that is exported in the accompanied personal baggage of such a person. However, the formula must be in an unsealed container.