Hong Kong 2006
Chapter 5:
Commerce and Industry
Merchandise Trade Performance
The Manufacturing Sector
The Services Sector
External Investment
The Institutional Framework
External Commercial Relations
Small and Medium Enterprises
Promotion of Innovation and Technology
Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
Professional Services Development Assistance Scheme
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Trade Documentation
Hong Kong Awards for Industries
Trade and Industrial Support Organisations
Standards and Conformance Services
Human Resources, Technical Education and Industrial Training
Consumer Protection
Trade in Endangered Species
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Trade in Endangered Species

The Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance replaced the Animals and Plants (Protection of Endangered Species) Ordinance and came into operation on December 1, 2006. The ordinance, which implements the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), regulates the imports, introduction from the sea, exports, re-export or possession of endangered species. Licensing policy follows the CITES principles closely. Commercial imports, exports and re-export of highly endangered species are prohibited, and international trade in less endangered species is subject to licensing requirements.

The ordinance is administered by the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, and enforced by both the department and the Customs and Excise Department. It provides for penalties of up to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years. In 2006, a total of 26 199 licences and certificates were issued and 163 successful prosecutions were conducted.







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