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Hong Kong SAR | Import Control Policy on Secondhand

Import Control on Second-hand Electrical and Electronic goods Any article or substance once given up by the original user is considered as waste under the Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO), irrespective whether it is still workable or can be sold for a value.
Used or second-hand electrical or electronic equipment should be presumed waste in the first place unless they meet the requirements set out in the guideline "Advice on Import and Export of Used Electrical and Electronic Appliances having Hazardous Components or Constituents".
Import of waste for transhipment in Hong Kong should be regarded as an import and an export operations, both of them require a valid permit issued under the WDO.
There are currently no proper reuse or recycling outlets for WEEE in Hong Kong and no import of WEEE for such or other purposes will be allowed.
Applicable Act/Decree/Notification (1) Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO), Chapter 354 (external link)
(2) Advice on Import and Export of Used Electrical and Electronic Appliances having Hazardous Components or Constituents (external link)
Date 1996
Controlling Method Permit needed

EPD will not issue permit for the import of controlled waste from any country listed in the Ninth Schedule of the WDO, i.e. countries listed in the Basel Ban Amendment
Second-hand Commodity being Controlled Air Conditioner X
Cell Phone X
Copier X
CRT TV X
LCD TV X
Flat Panel Display (for PC, Laptop, TV or other devices) X
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) X
Micro-wave Oven X
PC X
Printed Circuit Board X
Refrigerator X
Wash Machine X
Others X
Detail * The Waste Disposal Ordinance (WDO) defines "waste" as any substance or article which is abandoned.
It also stipulates that any substance or article which is discarded or otherwise dealt with as waste is presumed to be waste until the contrary is proved.
For the purpose of waste import and export control, any article or substance once given up by its original user is considered as waste under the WDO, irrespective whether it is still workable or can be sold for a value.

In line with the Basel Convention, the WDO controls the import and export of waste electrical and electronic appliances containing hazardous constituents or components through a permit system.
Any person imports or exports the above controlled waste should obtain a permit from the Environmental Protection Department (EPD) in advance.

Used electrical and electronic appliances having hazardous components or constituents (e.g. CRT, batteries) will likely be regarded as waste and fall within the said control.
For details, please refer to the following links:-
(1) the control of import and export of waste(external link)
(2) Advice on Import and Export of Used Electrical and Electronic Appliances having Hazardous Components or Constituents.(external link)
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X=Second-hand commodity specified is subject to control.
-=Second-hand electric commodity is NOT subject to control.