Yau has slammed the labeling change and threatened to take the US to the World Trade Organization.
He also stressed that Hong Kong-made shipments to the US were worth just HK$3.7 billion ($480 million) in 2019, less than 0.1 percent of the city’s gross exports.
But that is little consolation for Chan who says around half his products go to the US, where the brand is especially popular with the large Chinese diaspora in North America.
“I would say we are the only company which is only based in Hong Kong and still doing this kind of mass production and shipping it to US,” he said.
Looking ahead, Chan fears more international markets may follow America.
“In 20 years, 30 years from now, people will only have ‘Made in China’ and forget about Hong Kong,” Chan said. “That’s very sad.”
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