Hong Kong airfreight volume affected by restrictions on trans-shipment of vapes!
According to aircargonews, the Hong Kong Association of Freight Forwarders and Logistics (HAFFA) held an emergency meeting on September 9 with industry organizations, Deputy Financial Secretary Wong Wai-lun, Secretary for Transport and Logistics Lam Sai-hung and Legislative Council Member for the Transport Functional Constituency Frankie Yick Chi Ming.
The meeting was held in response to the industry crisis brought about by the Smoking (Public Health) (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, which came into force in Hong Kong in April this year. The regulations say Hong Kong is banning the import of tobacco products such as vapes, heated tobacco products and herbal cigarettes. The ban also means these products can no longer be trans-shipped through Hong Kong when they arrive overseas by truck, with the exception of air transshipment cargo and transit cargo left on aircraft and ships.
HAFFA said, "Surveys show that approximately 330,000 tons of air cargo is affected by the ban each year, with the value of transshipment cargo estimated at more than RMB 120 billion. The ban stifles the freight logistics industry's environment and negatively impacts the livelihoods of its employees."
"Since the passage of the ordinance by the Legislative Council last October, the Association has continued to receive numerous complaints from our members and other industry stakeholders, reflecting the serious negative impact the ordinance has on the business environment." HAFFA President Gary Lau said.
After the meeting, which discussed in detail the government's policy of banning land transit of vape, HAFFA commented, "We are actively seeking solutions and now propose a new set of safe land transit methods for preventing illegal electronic fogging products from entering the black market through land transit to alleviate the government's concerns."
Information source: aircargonews