Hong Kong Labeling Change Compliance Extended Another 45 Days
Updated: Dec 23, 2020
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is giving importers an additional 45 days to come into compliance with a labeling change for goods made in Hong Kong.
19 USC 1304 requires articles of foreign origin to be marked so as to indicate to purchasers the country of origin of imported goods. Pursuant to a July 14 executive order, CBP announced the suspension of the application of section 201(a) of the U.S.-Hong Kong Policy Act of 1992, under which the U.S. continued to treat Hong Kong as a separate customs territory after it reverted to Chinese control in July 1997, to 19 USC 1304. As a result, unless excepted from marking, goods produced in Hong Kong will have to be marked to indicate China, rather than Hong Kong, as their country of origin.
CBP had previously granted importers a 45-day transition period for this change, which was to have taken effect Sept. 25. However, “in an effort to allow importers ample time to comply,” CBP has now extended this transition period through Nov. 9.
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