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Ref. : EIC 111/2/21

4 December 2018

Dear Sirs,

Commercial Information Circular No. 1082/2018

US : Safety Standard for Cigarette Lighters - Adjusted Customs Value for Cigarette Lighters

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (Commission) published in the Federal Register (FR) of 3 December 2018 a final rule revising the cigarette lighter standard to adjust the import value to USD $2.75.

2.The Commission issued in 1993 a standard requiring disposable and novelty lighters to meet certain requirements for child resistance. The standard defines "disposable lighters" in part, as refillable lighters that use butane or similar fuels that have a customs value or ex-factory price below a threshold value. The value adjusts every 5 years for inflation. This final rule adjusts the value from USD $2.50 to USD $2.75 with effect from 3 December 2018.

3.For further details, please refer to the relevant FR notice which is available at:


4.For enquiries concerning the content of this circular, please contact Mr Lewis LAU at telephone number 2398 5405.

Yours faithfully,

(Miss Ivy TAM)
for Director-General of Trade and Industry

Note: While every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of the above information, the Department cannot guarantee this to be so and will not be held liable for any reliance placed on the same.