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Rice is the only reserved commodity under the Reserved Commodities (Control of Imports, Exports and Reserve Stocks) Regulation, Chapter 296 sub. Leg., Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . A Licences for rice imported for local consumption are issued only to companies registered with the Trade and Industry Department (Opens a new window) as stockholders.

The import of frozen meat, chilled meat, frozen poultry and chilled poultry is subject to licensing control under the Import and Export Ordinance, Chapter 60, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) . Every consignment imported into Hong Kong must be covered by an import licence issued by the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (Opens a new window) .

No licence is required for the import of rice, frozen or chilled meat and poultry imported in the personal baggage of a person for personal consumption or as gifts, in an amount not exceeding 15 kg. For frozen or chilled meat and poultry, however, an official certificate as defined in the Imported Game, Meat and Poultry Regulations, Chapter 132, sub. leg. AK, Laws of Hong Kong (Opens a new window) , is required.

Transhipment cargo may also be exempted from licensing requirement under certain conditions. (See "Transhipment Cargo Exemption Scheme")

Rice, Frozen or Chilled Meat and Poultry