11th December 2023 – (Hong Kong) The Customs and Excise Department (C&ED) held the prestigious Award Presentation Ceremony for the Sea Cargo Pre-shipment Declaration Scheme 2023 today (December 11) at the Customs Headquarters Building. During the event, 47 sea cargo carriers were honoured with award certificates in recognition of their active participation in the scheme. The carriers were applauded for their collaborative efforts with the C&ED, which have resulted in efficient and seamless cargo clearance services, thereby contributing significantly to the growth of maritime and port development.
In her address during the ceremony, Ms. Ida Ng, the Assistant Commissioner of Customs and Excise (Boundary and Ports), emphasized Hong Kong’s status as one of the world’s most crucial hub ports. She highlighted the enormous support from the Central Government and the proactive policies implemented by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government. These factors have further solidified Hong Kong’s position as an international maritime and logistics hub and facilitated its integration into national development. Ms. Ng expressed the C&ED’s commitment to supporting national and HKSAR Government policies while promoting various trade facilitative measures. Notable initiatives include the Hong Kong Authorized Economic Operator Programme, the Single E-Lock Scheme, and the Free Trade Agreement Transhipment Facilitation Scheme. The objective behind these measures is to enhance customs clearance efficiency and expedite cargo flows.
Ms. Ng expressed her gratitude to the sea cargo carriers for their active engagement in the Sea Cargo Pre-shipment Declaration Scheme. Their participation enabled C&ED officers to conduct meticulous risk assessments, leading to the detection of several record-breaking sea smuggling cases this year. This collaboration has been instrumental in safeguarding Hong Kong’s borders and upholding the integrity of the trade ecosystem.
Since 2009, the C&ED has consistently implemented various sea cargo information submission schemes, including the EMAN Statement 1 Submission Scheme and the Advance Cargo Information – River Trade Vessel Scheme. These schemes empower carriers and cargo agents to submit advance cargo information to the C&ED prior to vessel arrivals. By doing so, the department can conduct risk assessments more effectively, expediting the cargo clearance processes.