Goods made in Hong Kong for the United States will need to be labelled as made in China after Sept. 25, according to a US government notice posted on Tuesday.
The move follows China’s imposition of a national security law on Hong Kong and a U.S. decision to end the former British colony’s special status under U.S. law, escalating bilateral tensions.
The latest step will see Hong Kong companies subject to the same trade war tariffs levied on mainland Chinese exporters, should they make products subject to these duties, said the U.S. Customs and Border Protection notice.
It said that 45 days after its publication, goods “must be marked to indicate that their origin is ‘China’”.
The step was taken after the United States determined that Hong Kong is “no longer sufficiently autonomous to justify differential treatment in relation to China”.