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The Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing (Financial Institutions) Ordinance, Cap. 615 (AMLO) (Opens a new window) came into operation on 1 April 2012. Under the AMLO, a person who wishes to operate a remittance and / or money changing service (i.e. money service as defined under the AMLO) is required to apply for a licence (Opens a new window) from the Commissioner of Customs & Excise (CCE). Operating a money service without obtaining a money service operator licence from the CCE is an offence and liable to conviction of a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months. Under the AMLO, the CCE is the relevant authority to regulate Money Service Operators (MSOs) (i.e. Remittance Agents and Money Changers) and supervise licensed MSOs' compliance with the customer due diligence and record-keeping obligations and other licensing requirements, as well as combating unlicensed operation of money service.

General Enquiry

Mail   :   Customs and Excise Department
    Money Service Supervision Bureau
    13/F, Customs Headquarters Building,
    222 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong.
Phone   :   (852) 3759 3722
Fax   :   (852) 3108 3425
E-mail   :   msoenquiry@customs.gov.hk

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Licensing of the Money Service Operators (namely Remittance Agents and Money Changers)