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Hong Kong imports to be labelled made in China: US customs

Hong Kong imports to be labelled made in China: US customs

File photo of Hongkong International Terminals in Hong Kong, Jul 25, 2018. (Photo: REUTERS/Bobby Yip)

WASHINGTON: Goods made in Hong Kong for export to the United States will need to be labelled as made in China after Sep 25, according to a US government notice posted on Tuesday (Aug 11).

The move follows China's imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong and a US decision to end the former British colony's special status under US law, escalating bilateral tensions that were already rising over trade war tariffs and the handling of the coronavirus outbreak.

READ: 'Night fell': Hong Kong's first month under China security law

The latest step will see Hong Kong companies subject to the same trade war tariffs levied on mainland Chinese exporters, should they make products subject to these duties, said the US Customs and Border Protection notice.

It said that 45 days after its publication, goods "must be marked to indicate that their origin is 'China'".

The step was taken after the United States determined that Hong Kong is "no longer sufficiently autonomous to justify differential treatment in relation to China".

Trump has made tough talk against China a feature of his campaign for re-election in November.

The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the city's current and former police chiefs accused of curtailing political freedoms in the former British colony.

READ: US blacklists Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam, other officials

In retaliation, China imposed sanctions on 11 US citizens including lawmakers from Trump's Republican Party on Monday.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday that companies from China and other countries that do not comply with US accounting standards will be delisted from US stock exchanges from the end of 2021.

Source: Reuters/dv


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