This barrier is unrelated to the end of the transition period, following the United Kingdom's departure from the EU.


Tax on spirits affects UK exports to Hong Kong

in Hong Kong

Trade barrier summary

Affecting UK exporters of spirits to Hong Kong, there is a 100% 'ad valorem' excise tax (based on the assessed value of an item) on drinks over 30% alcohol by volume. This has led to significant price disparities between wine and spirits, particularly higher-value and higher-quality spirits.

Sectors affected

  • Food and drink



Date reported

10 February 2020

Last updated

18 December 2020

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