In frequently asked questions (FAQ) published on August 12, 2020, US Customs and Border Protection confirmed that the recent marking changes for Hong Kong goods will not subject the goods to Chinese tariffs. The FAQ responds to questions that have arisen since an executive order requires importers to indicate an origin of China for goods from Hong Kong beginning September 25, 2020.
According to the FAQ:
- “Imported goods that are produced in Hong Kong that are entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption into the United States after the transition period must be marked to indicate that their origin is “China” for purposes of 19 U.S.C. § 1304.”
- “The change in marking requirements does not affect country of origin determinations for purposes of assessing ordinary duties under Chapters 1-97 of the HTSUS or temporary or additional duties under Chapter 99 of the HTSUS. Therefore, goods that are products of Hong Kong should continue to report International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code “HK” as the country of origin when required.”
- “This rule only applies to marking requirements under 19 U.S.C. 1304. Entry summary procedures have not changed. Filers should continue to file their entry summaries and duty payments according to current regulation and policy.”
If you have questions about the marking requirement changes, please contact Deringer’s Compliance Department.