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Regulation

The Import and Export (General)(Amendment) Regulation 2013 (with effect from 1 March 2013) prohibits the unlicensed export of powdered formula, including milk powder and soya milk powder, for infants and children under 36 months.

“Powdered formula”

“Powdered formula” means a substance in powder form that -

(a)

 

is or appears to be for consumption by a person aged under 36 months; and

(b)

 

is or appears to be milk or milk-like substance in powder form to satisfy wholly or partly the nutritional requirement of a person aged under 36 months.

Exemption

The Import and Export (General)(Amendment) Regulation 2013 does not apply to powdered formula (whether of the same composition and whether in one or more containers) that is exported in the accompanied personal baggage of a person aged 16 or above leaving Hong Kong –

(a)

 

if

 

 

 

 

(i)

 

the person did not leave Hong Kong in the last 24 hours; and

 

 

(ii)

 

the formula does not exceed 1.8 kg in total net weight; or

(b)

 

if

 

 

 

 

(i)

 

the person left Hong Kong one or more times in the last 24 hours;

 

 

(ii)

 

the person is leaving Hong Kong together with a person aged under 36 months (child); and

 

 

(iii)

 

the formula is in an unsealed container and does not exceed a reasonable quantity for the child’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.

Offenders are liable on conviction to a fine of HK$500,000 and to imprisonment for 2 years.

Enquiry

For enquiries relating to the application for export licence, please contact the Trade and Industry Department (TID) at (852) 3403 6220 , or send e-mail to enquiry@tid.gov.hk or please refer to the website of TID http://www.tid.gov.hk/english/import_export/nontextiles/nt_maincontent.html (Opens a new window) for further details.

If there are any enquiries about the control announced by the Food and Health Bureau (FHB) on regulating the export of powdered formula, please contact FHB at fhbenq@fhb.gov.hk. Details of the control measures, including frequently asked questions, can be found at http://www.fhb.gov.hk/en/powderedformula (Opens a new window) .

Powdered Formula