Ozone Layer Protection

FAQ on the combined "Import and Export Licence"

1. What is the combined licence used for?

The combined licence is a streamlined arrangement to facilitate the transhipment of a scheduled substance via Hong Kong. Instead of applying for both an import licence and export licence simultaneously for transhipment cargo (except for air transhipment cargo covered by a through air waybill which remains at all times during transhipment within the restricted areas of the Hong Kong International Airport as such transhipment cargo is not subject to import and export licensing requirements). The relevant licence is valid for 60 days.

Please click here (pdf format) for a specimen of the combined Import and Export Licence Form

2. Can the combined licence replace the separate import and export licences?

The combined licence will be applicable to cases where the scheduled substance for transhipment, covered by a through bill of lading, remains in exactly the same quantity, quality and packaging as when it was imported. Otherwise, the existing arrangement has to be followed and separate import and export licences are required.

3. How much does the combined licence cost?

The licence fee for the combined licence is $1,210, which is less than the total cost for obtaining both an import licence and an export licence ($1,630) under the existing arrangement.

4. Where can the combined licence form be available?

The combined Import and Export Licence forms are available for sale at the following addresses:

Shroff and Form Sales Counter,

Trade and Industry Department,

Room 1309, 13/F,
Trade and Industry Tower,
3 Concorde Road,
Kowloon City, Hong Kong
Tel: 2398 5560

Publication Sales Unit

Information Services Department,
Room 626, 6/F North Point Government Offices,
333 Java Road, North Point, Hong Kong
Tel : 2537 1910

5. How can I make an application?

Application for a combined licence can be made by completing a prescribed application form according to the specimen provided. It should be lodged to Rough Diamonds and Ozone Depleting Substances Licensing Unit, Room 1604, 16/F., Trade and Industry Tower, 3 Concorde Road,  Kowloon City, Hong Kong. For transhipment of methyl bromide, in addition to the above combined licence, import licence (Form 3) and export licence (Form 6) under the Import and Export Ordinance should also be applied.

6. Where can I get further information about the combined licence?

Enquiries about the combined licence should be directed to the Environmental Protection Department or Trade and Industry Department at the following address and telephone numbers:

Air Policy Group,
Environmental Protection Department,
33/F., Revenue Tower,
5 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Rough Diamonds and Ozone Depleting Substances Licensing Unit,

Trade and Industry Department,
Room 1604, 16/F.,Trade and Industry Department Tower,
3 Concorde Road,  Kowloon City, Hong Kong


Tel No.: 2594 6261
            2594 6225
            2594 6234

Fax No.: 2827 8040
Email : enquiry@epd.gov.hk
Tel. No.: 2398 5560

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