Hong Kong Launches WTO Trade Dispute Against U.S. Over Labelling



Emma Farge & Philip Blenkinsop | Reuters

GENEVA (Reuters) – Hong Kong has launched a trade dispute against the United States over what it says is a U.S. requirement that goods from Hong Kong be marked as coming from China, a World Trade Organization (WTO) document showed on Tuesday.

Hong Kong had made a “request for consultations”, the first step in a WTO dispute on Oct. 30, the document showed.

The complaint pointed to a new U.S. rule announced by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in August that goods from Hong Kong would have to be marked as coming from China. The rule was to have taken effect in late September, but the requirement for compliance was then extended to Nov. 10.

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