Further to Strategic Trade Controls Circulars No. 5/2017 and No. 8/2017, this is to inform traders that the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2017 (“the Order”) will come into operation on 3 July 2017.
Changes Made to Hong Kong’s Control List
2. The purpose of the Order is to reflect the changes to the control lists of strategic commodities adopted by international non-proliferation regimes which have come into effect after the last amendment of Schedule 1 to the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations in 2015. For details of the amendments, please refer to the Order by visiting the website of the Strategic Commodities Control System (http://www.stc.tid.gov.hk) or the Gazette online (http://www.gld.gov.hk/egazette) [Legal Supplement No. 2 of the Gazette published on 24 March 2017 (No. 12, Vol. 21)].
3. Section 6A of the Import and Export Ordinance stipulates that no person shall import or export any article specified in the Schedules to the Import and Export (Strategic Commodities) Regulations except under and in accordance with a licence issued by the Director-General of Trade and Industry. Any person who contravenes the provision commits an offence and is liable:
(a) on summary conviction to a fine of HK$500,000 and to imprisonment for two years; and
(b) on conviction on indictment to an unlimited fine and to imprisonment for seven years.
In addition to prosecution, the Trade and Industry Department may impose administrative actions against these persons. Such administrative actions may involve, but shall not necessarily be confined to, suspension of a licence, refusal to issue a licence, debarment of all licensing facilities, etc.
4. If you have any question about the changes brought about by the Order, please contact Classification Section of Strategic Trade Controls Branch at 2398 5587. For other licensing matters, please contact our Licensing Section at 2398 5575.
Strategic Trade Controls Branch
Trade and Industry Department