Hong Kong is about to lift the ban on e-cigarette co-transportation


On March 22, 2023, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China stated that the Import and Export (Amendment) Bill 2023 will be gazetted on March 24 to amend the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60) and the corresponding amendments The Smoking (Public Health) Ordinance (Chapter 371) improves the regulatory system for alternative smoking products (i.e. electronic cigarettes) transshipped from the Mainland to other overseas markets via Hong Kong.

On April 30 last year, Hong Kong began to prohibit the intermodal transport of e-cigarette products, which has caused huge losses to Hong Kong's air cargo transshipment business in the past year. This revision will restore the intermodal transport of e-cigarettes from the mainland to overseas markets via the Hong Kong International Airport by sea and air and road and air.

At the same time, the Hong Kong government will establish a new regulatory system that will be managed, supervised and enforced by the Hong Kong Customs to strengthen the supervision of intermodal transportation of alternative smoking products, thereby reducing the risk of alternative electronic cigarette products entering the local market during intermodal transportation in Hong Kong . The bill will be submitted to the Legislative Council for consideration next Wednesday (March 29).
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