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More HZMB private car quotas set

The governments of Hong Kong and Macau have agreed to increase the regular quotas for Hong Kong cross-boundary non-commercial private cars using the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge to Macau, the Transport Department announced today.   The decision was made to enhance traffic flow between Hong Kong and Macau, better utilising the bridge, the department said.   It will increase the Hong Kong quota by 1,000, following the earlier quota allocation of 1,800 for Hong Kong.   The additional quota will be distributed in two phases from the second quarter.   Half of the additional 1,000 quota allocations is for company applicants and the other half is for individual applicants. The quotas are valid for no more than three years. The eligibility criteria of quota applications remains the same.   Private cars allocated with Hong Kong quotas will be permitted to access the city of Macau multiple times using the bridge.   The Hong Kong quota allotments will be re-allocated upon expiry thro

Full ban on ivory trade takes effect

The Protection of Endangered Species of Animals & Plants (Amendment) Ordinance 2018 was fully implemented today, banning the import, re-export and commercial possession of ivory, the Government announced.   It explained that the local ivory trade, except for antique ivory, is now prohibited given that all licences to possess ivory expired on or before December 30.   According to the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals & Plants Ordinance, antique elephant ivory means a piece of elephant ivory that was removed from the wild and significantly altered from its natural state for jewellery, adornment, art, utility or musical instruments before July 1, 1925.   Moreover, the ivory was acquired by a person after the alteration in such altered state that required no further carving, crafting or processing to effect its purpose and does not include an elephant hunting trophy.   Traders possessing antique ivory for commercial purposes must prove that the ivory meets the aforesaid definition. Examples of acceptable proof of antique ivory include a qualified appraisal or scientifically approved aging methods carried out by an accredited laboratory or facility.   The Government stressed that any individual importing, re-exporting or possessing ivory not in accordance with the law will be liable to a maximum fine of $10 million and 10 years’ imprisonment. Additionally, the specimens will be forfeited.   The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department, the Customs & Excise Department and relevant departments will continue enforcement against smuggling and illegal trade of ivory, it added.   Call 1823 or browse the dedicated webpage for more information.
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