Product Listing Policy

Please take a moment to carefully read the Product Listing Policy (the “Policy”) of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (“HKTDC” or “We”). Knowing what products are acceptable for listing on the hktdc.com Small Orders (Chinese Mainland) (the “Site”) could save you time when applying for product approval. This Site is for listing and transaction of products only.

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1. General Prohibitions
HKTDC prohibits the posting of or transactions of various categories of products which may not be restricted, prohibited or regulated by law but are nonetheless controversial, including but not limited to:
  1. Products that encourage illegal activities;
  2. Products that are racially, religiously or ethnically derogatory, or that promote hatred, violence, racial religious intolerance or cult superstition, or detrimental to national security;
  3. Pornographic / adult materials or items that are obscene or sexual in nature;
  4. Products that do not offer a product for sale, such as advertisements solely for the purpose of collecting user information;
  5. Giveaways, lotteries, raffles, or contests;
  6. Stocks, bonds, investment interests, and other securities.
  7. Firearms, Ammunition, Weapons;
  8. Governments IDs, Licenses and Uniforms;
  9. Police-related Items;
  10. Unauthorised Medical Devices
  11. Alcohol;
  12. Contact lens/ Prescription eyewear;
  13. Fire Extinguishers and Grenades;
  14. Food and Beverages;
  15. Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals;
  16. Services;
  17. Skulls and Skeletons that are used for medical or educational purpose;
  18. Veterinary Products and Drugs
  19. Wildlife and Animal Products
  20. Products that fail to meet safety or quality standard
The product list shown above is not exhaustive; advertisers are responsible for ensuring that they are not posting an item that is prohibited by any laws and regulations in the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”) and Hong Kong. HKTDC, in its sole and exclusive discretion, reserves the right to amend the Policy from time to time, including imposing additional restrictions and prohibitions, without prior notice. The Policy is posted in English and Chinese. In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the English version shall prevail.
2. Alcohol
The offering for sale or purchase of alcoholic beverages and wine is not permitted on the Site.
3. Artifacts
Artifacts, cultural relics, historical grave markers, and related items are protected under the laws of the PRC and Hong Kong and are prohibited to be posted or sold through the Site.

The trade of cultural relics (including personal collection relics), gold, silver, other precious metals, rare animals and their products is strictly prohibited under PRC law or Hong Kong law and is accordingly prohibited on the Site.
4. Bootleg Recordings
The listing or sale of unauthorized (pirated, duplicated, backup, bootleg, etc.) copies of software programs, video games, music albums, movies, television programs, photographs or other protected works is forbidden on the Site.
5. Contact Lens
The listing or selling of contact lenses (prescription or non-prescription) is not permitted on the Site.
6. Counterfeit Currency and Stamps
HKTDC strictly forbids the posting, sale and purchase of currency (including Renminbi and other foreign currency) and stamps, coins, bank notes, bonds, money orders, and other securities, as well as the equipment used to produce such items. Further, the posting, sale or purchase of counterfeit of the above items is strictly forbidden on the Site.

Reproductions or replicas of coins as collectible items must be clearly marked with the word "COPY", "REPRODUCTION", "REPLICA" or as otherwise required under local law.
7. Crude Oil
The listing or transaction of crude oil by advertisers and buyers is prohibited on the Site.
8. Contracts and Tickets
Contracts and tickets (e.g. airline ticket) are not permitted for listing on the Site. HKTDC will not review contracts, adjudicate, or take sides in any contract disputes.
9. Credit Cards
Credit or debit cards cannot lawfully be transferred from one person to another, and therefore such items may not be listed on the Site.
10. Drugs & Associated Paraphernalia
The listing or sale of narcotics, tranquilizers, psychotropic drugs, natural drugs, synthetic drugs, steroids, or other controlled substances under the laws and regulation of the PRC and Hong Kong is strictly forbidden on the Site.

The listing or sale of all drug precursor chemicals is strictly forbidden on the Site.

The listing or sale of drug paraphernalia, including all items that are primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, concealing, or using a controlled substance is strictly forbidden on the Site. Such items include, but are not limited to those items used for the ingestion of illicit substances including pipes such as water pipes, carburetor pipes, chamber pipes, ice pipes, bongs, etc.

The listing or sale of packaging materials which may be utilized to contain controlled substances, materials conducive to smuggling, storing, trafficking, transporting and manufacturing illicit drugs (e.g. marijuana grow lights), publications and other media providing information related to the production of illicit drugs is strictly forbidden on the Site.
11. Ethnically, Religiously or Racially Offensive Material and Information Detrimental To National Security
Postings that are ethnically, religiously or racially offensive are prohibited on the Site. HKTDC does not permit items that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, defamatory, religious intolerance or cult superstition, or endorse organizations with such views.

Postings that contain state secrets or information detrimental to national security or public order are prohibited on the Site. HKTDC does not permit items that support or advocate infringement of national sovereignty or terrorist organizations.

Advertisers and buyers must ensure that photos, text or content used in describing the product/service portrays appropriate sensitivity to those who might read it in their postings, and when they are offering or purchasing potentially offensive items or services.

HKTDC does not permit listings that graphically portray graphic violence or victims of violence, unless they have substantial social, artistic, or political value.

HKTDC generally prohibits such materials advocating, promoting or otherwise supporting Nazism, the KKK, and other extreme ideologies or hate organizations.

HKTDC reserves the sole discretion to decide the removal of the above items and encourages advertisers to treat others as they themselves would like to be treated.
12. Firearms, Ammunition, Weapons
The posting, sale, or purchasing of any arms, ammunitions, military ordnance, weapons (including explosive weapons), and/or any related parts or accessories is strictly prohibited.

HKTDC does not permit the posting, offering for sale, or offering of purchase of replica, "look-alike” or imitation firearms, and/or any related parts and components (whether integral or otherwise). This prohibition covers such products as air guns, BB guns, paintball guns, harpoons, spear guns and other weapons that may discharge a projectile containing any gas, chemical, or explosive substance.

Any servicing, instruction, processing, or aid of producing any biological, chemical, or nuclear weapons, or any other Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) or its known associated agents is strictly prohibited on the Site. Any violation of this policy will result in the notification of government authorities by HKTDC.

HKTDC forbids the listing and sale of Chinese-style throwing darts, knuckle-dusters, Switchblade knives, gravity knives, bladed hand-held device, disguised knives, gravity-operated steel batons and other prohibited weapons stated under the laws and regulation of the PRC and Hong Kong. Replica, "look-alike", and imitation products of the above items under certain circumstances will be permitted only upon the approval of HKTDC.

HKTDC does not permit the posting, offering for sale, or offering of purchase of weapons that can incapacitate or cause serious physical harm to others (e.g. stun guns, batons, crossbows).

HKTDC maintains the sole discretion over what items are appropriate and may cause removal of a listing that it deems as a weapon.
13. Faces, Names and Signatures
Items containing the likeness, image, name, or signature of another person are prohibited for transaction and posting, unless the products were made or authorized by the person whose likeness, image, name or signature has been used.
14. Fire Extinguishers and Grenades
Fire extinguishers and grenades are not permitted for transaction on the Site.
15. Food and Beverages
The listing of consumable/edible food and beverage is not permitted on the Site.
16. Gift Cards and Coupons
Gift cards and coupons (with or without redemption value) are not permitted to be posted, sold or purchased on the Site.
17. Government IDs, Licenses and Uniforms
Government IDs, licenses and uniforms are not permitted for transaction. Such items include but are not limited:
  1. Items that claim to be, or appear similar to, official government identification documents or licenses, such as birth certificates, driving licenses, visas or passports.
  2. Fake identification cards or any items that are designed for the manufacture of such cards.
  3. Articles of clothing or identification that claim to be, or appear similar to, official government uniforms.

Any materials, equipment or processes designed for use in the production of the government IDs, licenses and uniforms (e.g. driving license holograms, passport booklets) are strictly forbidden on the Site.
18. Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals
The offering of sales or purchase of Gold, Silver and other Precious Metals (not including jewellery products) is not permitted on the Site.
19. Hazardous and Dangerous Material
The posting, sale, or purchasing of hazardous or dangerous materials is strictly forbidden on the Site. Hazardous or dangerous materials include but are not limited to explosive substances, flammable liquids, radioactive materials, toxic and infectious substances and other dangerous goods as defined under the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code or restricted under the PRC law and Hong Kong law.

The posting of any products containing harmful substances (e.g. caps for toy guns, toys containing lead paint) is forbidden on the Site.
20. Human Parts and Remains
HKTDC prohibits the listing of any humans, the human body, or any human body part on the Site. Examples of such prohibited items include, but are not limited to organs, bone, blood, sperm, and eggs.

Skulls and skeletons that are used for medical or educational purposes are not permitted to be posted, sold or purchased on the Site.

Items made of human hair, such as wigs for commercial uses, are permitted for posting and transaction.
21. Illegal Items
HKTDC prohibits the listing or sale of items/services that encourage, promote, facilitate, or instruct buyers to engage in illegal activities. Such illegal items include but are not limited to lock-picking devices, jamming devices, cable TV decoder, replica, R4 card, and modchips.
22. Gambling Equipment and Lottery Tickets
The listing or sale of equipment specifically used for gambling is prohibited on the Site. Items which have other legitimate uses (such as dice and playing cards) will generally be permitted. Lottery tickets are not permitted for listing or transaction on the Site.
23. Medical Items

HKTDC does not permit posting or sale of prescription drugs, psychotropic drugs, narcotics, regulated poisonous herbal medicines or any other medical items restricted under the PRC laws and Hong Kong laws.

Postings offering to sell or purchase the prohibited medical items shall be subject to removal by HKTDC at its sole discretion.

HKTDC may at its sole discretion permit listing of non-prescription drugs if but only if it receives the appropriate production and sales licences/permits from the advertisers and is satisfied that the advertisers are a licenced seller.

24. Non-Business Information
Personal and non-business information is prohibited to be posted or sold on the Site. The Site is an online business to business information platform and does not allow non-business information posting or selling on the Site for non-business use.
25. Non-Transferable Items
Non-transferable items may not be posted or sold through the Site. Many items including airline tickets and some event tickets may not be resold or transferred.
26. Personal Information and Mailing Lists
The posting or sale of bulk email or mailing lists that contain personally identifiable information including names, addresses, phone numbers, fax numbers and email addresses, is strictly prohibited on the Site.

Software or other tools which are designed or used to send unsolicited commercial email (i.e. "spam") are also prohibited on the Site.

HKTDC strictly prohibits any listings for the sole purpose of collecting user information or raising money.
27. Police-related Items
The posting or sale of law enforcement badges or law enforcement equipment is prohibited on the Site.
28. Pornographic Materials and Adult Products

The posting or transaction of pornographic materials is strictly prohibited on the Site. HKTDC shall follow guidelines accepted in the PRC and Hong Kong in classifying whether the material is deemed to be pornographic in nature.

HKTDC strictly prohibits products/services depicting bestiality, rape sex, incest, violent sex with graphic degradation, or sexual conduct in an offensive manner that do not have any redeeming qualities as works with artistic, literary, political, or scientific content.

In determining whether listings or information should be removed from the Site, we consider the overall content of the posting, including photos, pictorials, text and content.

HKTDC does not permit the sale of SM products on the Site. Novelty sexually explicit items, including various types of sex toys and sex collectibles primarily intended for adult buyers are not permitted on the Site.

29. Prescription eyewear
The offering for sale or purchase of prescription eyewear is not permitted on the Site, except Vintage eyeglasses sold for collectible purposes.
30. Replica and Counterfeit Items
Listing of counterfeits, non-licensed replicas, or unauthorized items, including counterfeit designer garment, watches, handbags, sunglasses, or other accessories, is strictly prohibited on the Site.

Postings offering to sell or purchase replicas, counterfeits or other unauthorized items shall be subject to removal by HKTDC at its sole discretion.
31. Satellite and Cable TV Descramblers and Circumvention Devices
Descramblers or other items that can be used to gain unauthorized access to television programming (such as satellite and cable TV), internet access, telephone, data or other protected, restricted, or premium services are prohibited. Stating the item is for educational or test purposes will not legitimize a product that is otherwise inappropriate. Some examples of items which are not allowed include:
  1. Smart Card Programmers;
  2. Smart Cards;
  3. Descramblers;
  4. Hardware or Software DSS Emulators.

Similarly, information on "how to" descramble or gain access to cable or satellite television programming or other services without authorization or payment is prohibited on the Site. HKTDC's policy is to prohibit any encouragement of this type of activity.

The listing or sale of spy equipment and devices used for interception of wire, oral and electronic communications is not permitted on the Site. HKTDC does not permit listing of hidden photographic devices designed for sexual or illicit purposes and any and all unauthorized circumvention devices not included in the above.
32. Services
All kind of services are not permitted for listing and transaction on the Site.
33. Sexual Enhancement Foods or Supplements
The listing or transaction of sexual enhancement foods or supplements is prohibited on the Site.
34. Stocks and Other Securities
HKTDC does not permit the listing or sale of stocks, bonds, credit, investment interests, or other securities on the Site.
35. Stolen Property
The posting or sale of stolen property is strictly forbidden on the Site. Stolen property includes items taken from private individuals, as well as property taken without authorization from companies or governments.
36. Import Quota
The offering for sale or purchase and listing of any import quota (e.g. textile quota) is prohibited on the Site.
37. Tobacco Products
The posting or transaction of tobacco products is strictly forbidden on the Site. Restricted tobacco products include but are not limited to cigars, cigarettes, cigarette tobacco, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, chewing tobacco and tobacco leaf.

The posting or sale of nicotine and liquids for use in electronic cigarettes as well as electronic cigarettes itself or vaporizers are forbidden on the Site.
38. Unauthorized Medical Devices
HKTDC does not permit the listing or selling of unauthorized medical devices on the Site. Such medical devices require government authorization to distribute to third parties and must be ensured that purchases are made only by medical professionals who are authorized by the PRC laws and the Hong Kong laws to purchase them.
39. Unauthorized Copies of Intellectual Property
The listing or sale of unauthorized (pirated, duplicated, backup, bootleg, etc.) copies of software programs, video games, music albums, movies, television programs, photographs or other protected works is forbidden on the Site.
40. Used Garment and Cosmetics
Used or secondhand undergarments, clothing and cosmetics are not permitted to be posted, sold or purchased on the Site.
41. Veterinary Products and Drugs
The offering for sale or purchase of veterinary products and drugs is not permitted on the Site.
42. Wildlife and Animal Products
The listing or sale of any animal (including any animal parts which may include pelts, skins, internal organs, teeth, claws, shells, bones, tusks, ivory and other parts) protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), any PRC law or Hong Kong law is strictly forbidden on the Site.
43. Products that fail in meeting safety or quality standard
Safety licence(s)/certificate(s) or regulatory requirements apply to certain types of products (such as mechanical and electronic products and cosmetic products) under local laws or regulations before the products can be imported, sold or used in the PRC. The listing or sale of products that fail in meeting regulatory standards, are or appear to be substandard and/or contain high risk to human health or safety is forbidden on the Site. Advertisers have the sole responsibilities in assuring that the products listed on the Site completely fulfill the corresponding requirements in the PRC. HKTDC may request advertisers to submit the licence(s)/certificate(s) for authentication. Postings offering to sell or purchase products which do not meet any statutory safety or quality standard shall be subject to removal by HKTDC at its sole discretion. HKTDC does not permit listing or sale of products that have been or are being recalled by the manufacturers and/or retailers due to the safety and/or quality issue of the products. Postings offering to sell or purchase the above products shall be subject to removal by HKTDC at its sole discretion.

 



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