Hong Kong denounces ‘Made in China’ label demand

Bloomberg October 15 | Updated on October 15, 2020 Published on October 15, 2020

Approaches WTO to demand US withdrawal of labelling regulation

Hong Kong has made a formal intervention at a meeting of the World Trade Organisation, demanding the US withdraw its pending regulation to label goods manufactured in the city as Made in China, according to a report in the South China Morning Post.

Laurie Lo, Hong Kong’s permanent representative to the WTO, took the action during a session of the body’s general council Tuesday, though has not yet launched a formal WTO case against the US, the report said.

“Hong Kong, China expresses our strong objection to the revised origin marking requirement imposed by the US,” Lo said, according to the report. The US responded at the meeting that it was reviewing Hong Kong’s concerns and would reply once the review was complete, SCMP reported, citing a Hong Kong government spokeswoman.

Messages left with the Hong Kong government to confirm the report were not immediately returned. The city retains separate representation at the global trade body and has a separate customs jurisdiction from mainland China.

US policy

The US government announced the policy in August — labeling imports from the city as Made in China rather than Made in Hong Kong — as a result of the US action to revoke Hong Kong’s special trading status.

US Customs and Border Protection in an August 21 notice extended the start date for the rule by 45 days, through November 9, in an effort to allow importers ample time to comply.

Edward Yau, the city’s commerce and economic development secretary, said in August the demand was unreasonable and uncivilized.

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Published on October 15, 2020
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