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HK strikes customs deal with mainland

The Hong Kong government has announced a new deal with the mainland which will see wine shipped to Hong Kong allowed to pass into China without further customs checks, speeding up deliveries.

The deal was struck back in September and announced at the opening of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council’s Wine & Spirits Fair on Thursday 6 November by John Tsang, financial secretary of the HKSAR Government.

He said at the opening: “Wine shipped to the mainland through Hong Kong does not need to be checked again by customs. It’s a win-win for wine and reinforces Hong Kong as the gateway to China.”

Shipments will still be subject to tax when passing into China but the easing of customs checks should contribute greatly to the speed at which deliveries from the SAR into the mainland are processed.

Tsang continued that “mainland consumers trust Hong Kong wine imports” and that the recent launch of the Hong Kong Quality Assurance Agency’s Wine registration programme, “provides a welcome spotlight on wines from Hong Kong.”

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