New country of origin rules for Hong Kong exports to the USA


New country of origin rules have been put in place for exported goods from Hong Kong to the USA.

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Goods produced in Hong Kong and exported to the USA should now state their country of origin as China rather than Hong Kong, following the President’s Executive Order on Hong Kong Normalisation issued on 14th July 2020.

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The order suspends the application of section 201(a) of the United States-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992 to the marking statute, section 304 of the Tariff Act of 1930, with respect to imported goods produced in Hong Kong and means such goods may no longer be marked to indicate “Hong Kong” as their origin, but must be marked to indicate “China”.

This new country of origin rules change came into force on 29th July 2020 but a transition period will be granted for importers to implement marking consistent with this position for imported goods produced in Hong Kong. Such goods, when entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption into the United States after 25th September 2020, must be marked to indicate that their origin is “China” for purposes of 19 U.S.C. 1304.

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