Starting April 19, 2017, U.S. companies and persons intending to export or reexport certain items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to Hong Kong should make sure you’ve got your import paperwork in order before shipping. Not familiar with this requirement? In the hubbub of the inauguration and other news, this final rule published in the Federal Register on January 19 by the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) at the U.S. Department of Commerce may have slipped past you.
Under the final rule, exporters and reexporters of certain items to Hong Kong are required to obtain a copy of a valid import license from the Hong Kong importer issued by the government of Hong Kong or a copy of a written statement issued by the Hong Kong government that no import license is required. The requirement also applies to persons intending to reexport certain items from Hong Kong. While this shouldn't be news for importers and reexporters in Hong Kong, the BIS requirement to obtain written proof from their Hong Kong importers prior to shipment is new.