Hong Kong Air Cargo, a Hong Kong-based all-cargo airline, has expressed its support for the government’s efforts to expedite the amendment of the Import and Export (Amendment) Bill 2023. On May 19, Mr Robert Sham, Manager of Government and Public Affairs, represented the airline at the Legislative Council’s meetings for the bill.
Recent government records indicate a 16.4% decline in cargo volume at Hong Kong Airport in 2022 compared to the previous year. The prohibition on transit for alternative tobacco products through Hong Kong has resulted in significant losses for the aviation industry. This situation adversely affects Hong Kong’s status as an international aviation hub and contradicts the objectives outlined in the National 14th Five-Year Plan for the Hong Kong aviation industry.
Hong Kong Air Cargo is confident that the stringent security measures implemented by the customs and logistics industry can effectively prevent the smuggling of alternative tobacco products into the market. The airline urges the Legislative Council to pass the amendment promptly.
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