Hong Kong’s new policy limiting the amount of baby formula being taken out of the special administrative region took effect on Friday.
According to the new policy created to ease the milk powder shortage, each person aged 16 and above living in Hong Kong is allowed to buy two tins of baby formula, or less than 1.8 kilograms. Any individual found violating the regulation will be fined 500,000 HK dollars (about 64,473 US dollars) and sentenced to two years in jail.
Hong Kong residents voiced full support to the new policy. People from the China’s inland also felt it understandable.
“I support the new policy,” said an inland Chinese resident. “It used to be inconvenient for many people with bags at customs, but today I find it convenient.”
The price of a tin of milk powder on the Internet rose by about 10 percent after the policy became effective.
Some shops in Guangzhou of south China’s Guangdong Province even stopped selling milk powder from Hong Kong.
Although inland residents said they would prefer domestic milk powder, whose price is stable, some still prefer imported milk powder.
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