RTEL applicants urged to use electronic system
About 38 per cent of Hong Kong traders still do not use electronic data interchange (EDI) services to lodge their applications for restrained textiles export licences (RTELs). The rate of usage, however, is improving.
'We have seen a steady increase in the number of RTEL applications submitted through EDI since we started the EDI service in 1997,' Trade Department assistant director-general Edward Yau said.
He urged traders not yet using EDI to switch over as soon as possible, adding that applications on paper would not be accepted after December 31.
The majority of Hong Kong traders recognised the benefits of electronic commerce, Mr Yau said.
'One of the benefits is time saving. Compared to the paper system, the processing time of an RTEL application is much less if it is done through EDI.' It took a minimum of two working days to process applications using paper documents. For applications by EDI, traders were informed of any error on the same day and were told whether the application could be approved in one clear working day, Mr Yau said.
The Trade Department and Tradelink will hold a joint seminar next Tuesday to help traders understand more about the EDI service for RTEL.