Hong Kong: A Caution on Shipments Transiting Through Third-Party Destinations

  |   Attaché Report (GAIN)   |   HK2022-0076

It has come to Post’s attention that a shipment of U.S. bovine genetics faced clearance problems in mainland China after Hong Kong Customs opened and inspected the shipment during transit. To minimize customs clearance issues in the future, U.S. exporters should be mindful that for any shipment transiting through a third-party, such as Hong Kong, shippers/forwarders should ensure that seals are handled properly in the case of inspection. Hence, U.S. exporters are encouraged to remind forwarders to request Hong Kong authorities provide an official seal in the event shipments are inspected by Hong Kong customs during transit to China or other final destinations.

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