To ensure an adequate and stable supply of powdered formula for the health of persons aged under 36 months who may still rely heavily on the formula, the Import and Export (General) Regulations (Cap. 60, subsidiary legislation A) prohibits the export of powdered formula from Hong Kong except under and in accordance with an Export Licence issued by the Director-General of Trade and Industry.
As defined under the Regulations, "powdered formula" means a substance in powder form that -
- is or appears to be for consumption by a person aged under 36 months; and
- is or appears to be milk or milk-like substance in powder form to satisfy wholly or partly the nutritional requirement of a person aged under 36 months.