Control on Import and Export of Waste

The Control Scheme

Hong Kong's geographical location and free port status have made it a major transhipment hub in the Asia-Pacific region. Huge volume of cargoes (including waste) pass through Hong Kong every day.

To safeguard the community against health or environment damage arising from illegal shipment of wastes, and to fulfill our international obligations under the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, a comprehensive legal framework was put into operation in September 1996 to control waste shipments.

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