Red and Green Channel System to take effect tomorrow

31 Oct 2005

Starting from tomorrow (November 1), incoming passengers are required to select an appropriate channel for customs declaration, that is, either the "Red Channel" or the "Green Channel" when they arrive at the Customs clearance area at all sea, land and air control points.

Under the new customs clearance mode, the Red and Green Channel System, passengers have to go through the Red Channel to make a declaration to Customs officers if they have:

They must go through the Green Channel if they have:

Passengers at the Red Channel are required to:

At the Green Channel, passengers are liable to:

Those using the "Green Channel" are not exempt from Customs examination. Customs officers will, based on risk management, select passengers passing through the Green Channel for baggage examination at a Customs Clearance Cubicle. A passenger found with an excessive quantity of dutiable commodities or any prohibited/controlled goods not covered by a valid licence/permit may be liable to prosecution or penalty.

A spokesman for the Customs and Excise Department said today (October 31) that the system served a threefold aim ?to facilitate passenger clearance, to enhance revenue protection, and to bring Hong Kong into line with international practice. In view of the effectiveness of the system, the World Customs Organization recommends that customs administrations worldwide adopt this customs clearance mode.

The public can obtain details of the Red and Green Channel System, duty free concession and the list of common prohibited/controlled goods on the Hong Kong Customs website at or by calling the Customs enquiry hotline at 2815 7711. They can also refer to promotional leaflets available at all control points.

Ends/Monday, October 31, 2005

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