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Hong Kong: Commerce Sec. slams US decision to label HK goods as 'Made in China'02:42

Hong Kong: Commerce Sec. slams US decision to label HK goods as 'Made in China'

Hong Kong, Special Administrative Region of China, Hong Kong
August 13, 2020 at 13:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah criticised the US for its recent decision to label all products that are made in Hong Kong as "Made in China" during a press conference on Thursday.

"Asking Hong Kong traders to tell a lie that a product made in Hong Kong would be misdescribed as made in China. So, by common sense and by international practices of origin rules, and by WTO requirements, all these are exceptions, all these are unacceptable," explained Yau.

Yau discussed figures regarding the value of Hong Kong's exports of locally made products to the US, and revealed that this number is very low.

"In aggregate terms, the total Hong Kong exports to U.S for products made in Hong Kong amount to 3.7 billion Hong Kong Dollars ($477,401, €403,408) last year. That constitutes less than 0.1 percent of Hong Kong's total exports," he said.

While the percentage may be low compared to total exports, Hong Kong Trade Department figures from 2019 reveal that the US is the second largest destination for the territory's domestic exports, with 7.7 percent of the total.

The industries believed to be the worst hit by the move are jewellery, food, pharmaceuticals and aluminium.

Hong Kong: Commerce Sec. slams US decision to label HK goods as 'Made in China'02:42
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Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Edward Yau Tang-wah criticised the US for its recent decision to label all products that are made in Hong Kong as "Made in China" during a press conference on Thursday.

"Asking Hong Kong traders to tell a lie that a product made in Hong Kong would be misdescribed as made in China. So, by common sense and by international practices of origin rules, and by WTO requirements, all these are exceptions, all these are unacceptable," explained Yau.

Yau discussed figures regarding the value of Hong Kong's exports of locally made products to the US, and revealed that this number is very low.

"In aggregate terms, the total Hong Kong exports to U.S for products made in Hong Kong amount to 3.7 billion Hong Kong Dollars ($477,401, €403,408) last year. That constitutes less than 0.1 percent of Hong Kong's total exports," he said.

While the percentage may be low compared to total exports, Hong Kong Trade Department figures from 2019 reveal that the US is the second largest destination for the territory's domestic exports, with 7.7 percent of the total.

The industries believed to be the worst hit by the move are jewellery, food, pharmaceuticals and aluminium.

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