Customs procedure system changes
Submissions of import and export declarations by diskette using the Diskette Submission Scheme will be discontinued from January 1, a Government spokesman has said.
The Customs and Excise Department spokesman said: 'Importers and exporters will have the option of lodging their declarations through the electronic data interchange (EDI) service provided by Tradelink Electronic Commerce.' From January 1, declarations can still be made in person at Customs collection offices, or by post, but acceptance of postal declarations will be discontinued late next year.
By March 2000, all declarations will have to be made electronically - a trend expected to lead Hong Kong exporters and importers to a paperless environment.
'In fact, lodging declarations electronically by EDI is more convenient. The service is available 16 hours a day, seven days a week, and it will no longer be necessary to travel or queue,' he said.
Formats for both paper and electronic declarations are laid down in the Import and Export (Registration) Regulations and the Industrial Training (Clothing Industry) Ordinance, gazetted last Friday.