|(Baby formula trading) Watch list to track traders from Monday, baggage weight cut further
Local law enforcement agencies will set up watch list of suspected parallel traders from Monday, Security Secretary Lai Tung-kwok said today.
People on the list will be questioned every time when they come to Hong Kong, Lai said.
He added that if a person is suspected to be visiting for parallel trading activities, they will be denied entry and sent back immediately.
Lai said more than 200 people have been turned away just yesterday. Since September, more than 2,000 people have been denied entry.
Immigration and customs will work with Shenzhen counterpart in cracking down on traders of infant fomula. Shenzhen immigration officers will notify Hong Kong of any suspected parallel traders.
Transport minister Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said more measures will be introduced to make sure all actions are inline with each other.
More baggage weight checks will be done in MTR stations including Tai Po Market. The weight limit has also been lowered from 32 kilograms to 23 kilos.
Inspectors deployed by the MTRC will be given more powers to stop and check suspected traders.
Health Minister Ko Wing-man said infant formula suppliers have stepped up measures to maintain supplies to local mothers. Manufacturers as well as dealers have terminated supply contracts with 11 retailers over sales violations.
Ko said a special hotline will be effective starting 6pm today to allow local mothers to directly order infant formula from seven participating suppliers.