HONGKONG Telecom CSL has announced new prices on its SUREFAX 100 Auto Retry service that will enable customers to send faxes to the United States for less than the cost of a standard International Direct-Dial call. The new charges apply to any destination in the continental US, with the exception of Alaska. They follow a similar reduction six weeks ago which cut SUREFAX Auto Retry charges to six European countries, including the UK, Germany, France, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Italy. ''The US is Hongkong's biggest trading partner after China and a great many Hongkong people have family links with the country,'' said Ms Louisiana Chan, manager of Advanced Fax Services at Hongkong Telecom CSL. In addition to saving customers from re-dialling busy numbers, Hongkong Telecom CSL's SUREFAX 100 Auto Retry service enables them to track their fax messages and receive call status reports. Any Faxline subscriber can take advantage of the new Auto Retry rates by dialling 0062 instead of 002 at the start of the call. Auto Retry is popular for calls to countries such as India and China, where the number of lines is limited and numbers are often engaged.