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Some mail items are prohibited if they are harmful or may damage the mail processing machines.  Generally, prohibited mail items are categorised in “dangerous” and “erotic”.  The Post Office will reject to post the items if they belong to these two categories.  For details of the prohibited mail items, please refer to Section 6.3, Post Office Guide.

Hong Kong Post is responsible to handle the incoming and outgoing mails and provides delivery services in the territory.  Generally, Hong Kong Post will post and deliver the mail items which are not prohibited.  Sender should determine and confirm their mail items are not dangerous before posting.

As all incoming and outgoing mail items are checked by the customs of the destination, the contents of the mail items should comply with the law and regulations there.  Sender should pay attention to the laws and regulations on incoming goods and taxation system of each destination before posting.  Otherwise the mail items may be sent back or confiscated, or sender may be fined on top of the required customs duties for further delivery.

In the interest of public health, state monopoly and other reasons, some destinations or the local government have controls on the incoming goods. These goods are categorised into prohibited goods (i.e. not allowed to post the goods to the destination) or restricted goods (approval is required for posting the goods to the destination).  Sender should make enquiry of the destination about the details). Please refer to Post Office Guide Appendix: Overseas Post – Service Information by Destination for the details of the prohibited goods and restricted goods of different destinations.  The above reference materials are subject to revision from time to time without prior notice. Hong Kong Post staff will not express any opinion on the subject of export controls. In any case of doubt the mail item will be accepted for posting but such acceptance does not imply that the export licensing requirements have been met. Sender should take the responsibility to make enquiries on the details of the destination. 

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Last update: 26 Jan 2022
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