Law & Order
Infant formula warning issued
February 27, 2013The Customs & Excise Department today warned that people departing Hong Kong should note the new regulation on the export of powdered infant formula will take effect on March 1.
The Import & Export (General)(Amendment) Regulation prohibits the unlicensed export of more than 1.8kg of powdered formula, including milk powder and soy milk powder, for infants and children under 36 months.
Only people aged 16 or above who have not left Hong Kong in the previous 24 hours can carry the restricted amount. Offenders face two-year's jail and a $500,000 fine.
For children leaving Hong Kong together with a person aged 16 or above, the prohibition does not apply to powdered formula not exceeding a reasonable quantity for the children's consumption during the travel period from a point of exit in Hong Kong to the next point of entry in a place outside Hong Kong. The powder must be in an unsealed container.
The department said it will strengthen export control and enhance baggage and cargo inspection. It will also enhance intelligence collection with Mainland authorities.
It will boost publicity of the new regulation in the northern New Territories and at control points.