A Note On Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012

The Trade Descriptions Ordinance, Chapter 362 (the TDO), presently only prohibits false trade descriptions to goods and not services. In response to strong public demands for enhancing protection of consumers against other commonly seen unfair trade practices in consumer transactions, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region has completed a review of the existing consumer protection legislation and proposed improvements through amendments to the TDO. The Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012 (Amendment Ordinance) was eventually passed on 17 July 2012 by the Legislative Council and its key changes include:

The Amendment Ordinance will come into operation on 19 July 2013.

For enquiries on the Trade Descriptions (Unfair Trade Practices) (Amendment) Ordinance 2012, please call the "General Enquiry Hotline" at (852) 2815 7711 or visit http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/whats_new/tdspg/index.html.