Most courier firms face closure under new mainland law Almost 90 per cent of courier companies in Hong Kong could go out of business by September, when their grace period to comply with the mainland's new postal law ends, the industry says. The Hong Kong Courier Association said 230 of the 260 companies offered courier services on the mainland, which they would no longer be able to operate under the new law when a grace period ran out. Undersecretary for Commerce and Economic Development Greg So Kam-leung told lawmakers the government was trying to include the courier industry in negotiations on the next phase of the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement - Hong Kong's preferential trade deal with the mainland - but would not give a time frame for progress. It would also seek to have the grace period extended. Swine flu doses kept in reserve Only 6.2 per cent of 3 million doses of human swine flu vaccine bought three months ago have been used, but the government has no plans to sell them. 'The remaining stock is an important reserve in the coming few months. It ensures we will have enough vaccines for use if the swine flu epidemic intensifies,' Undersecretary for Food and Health Professor Gabriel Leung said. Activist denied court role The Court of First Instance has denied a political activist's 'too late' application to raise new issues at a hearing concerning the Director of Marine's decision to stop a fishing boat carrying protesters sailing for the disputed Diaoyu Islands. Koo Sze-yiu had applied to join, as an interested party, the case of activist Lo Hom-chau, who will appeal against the decision to stop the boat. Tang to check World Expo work Chief Secretary Henry Tang Ying-yen will leave for Shanghai tomorrow to inspect the progress of Hong Kong's preparatory work for the World Expo. He will be accompanied by top officials from the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau and the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau. Tang will return to Hong Kong in the evening. Secretary for Education Michael Suen Ming-yeung will be acting chief secretary.