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The import of pesticides into Hong Kong is controlled under the Import and Export Ordinance, Chapter 60 (Opens a new window) and Pesticides Ordinance, Chapter 133, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . Under the Import and Export, an import licence must be obtained in advance from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) for every consignment of pesticides imported into Hong Kong including those on valid through bills of lading. However, import licence for methyl bromide, which is both a pesticide and an ozone depleting substance, is issued by the Trade and Industry Department (Opens a new window) .

Under the Pesticides Ordinance (Opens a new window) , companies handling pesticides import into Hong Kong whether for local use or subsequent re-export, must possess a pesticides licence or permit issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) . A licence is required for pesticides registered in Hong Kong and a permit for those not registered. Pesticides imported / exported on a valid through bill of lading are exempted from the control of the Pesticides Ordinance.

In addition, the import of methyl bromide into Hong Kong is controlled under the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance, Chapter 403, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . Under the Ordinance, import of methyl bromide for local utilization is only allowed if it is used for quarantine and pre-shipment cargo treatment. Anyone who imports methyl bromide should hold a certificate of registration under the Ozone Layer Protection Ordinance issued by the Trade and Industry Department (Opens a new window) under the delegated authority from the Director of Environmental Protection and a Pesticides Permit under the Pesticides Ordinance issued by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (Opens a new window) .

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