Hong Kong will amend their export (also import) control list shortly, and the amended list and its notice was disclosed in TID web site.
This is to reflect the amendment of list of international regimes such as Wassenaar, NSG, AG, and MTCR. Hong Kong's list will reflect these agreements as of end of 2008.
As far as I know, US, Singapore and Japan don't reflect this list change yet. Therefore, this Hong Kong's list change is useful to know the future list of other countries.
In addition, Hong Kong require import license also for these controlled items, this list change will affect exporter to Hong Kong, too.
When?: The Order was gazetted today (i.e. 13 November 2009) and will be tabled at the Legislative Council on 18 November 09. Once the legal procedure is completed, the Order will come into effect on a day to be appointed by the Director-General of Trade and Industry by a notice published in the Gazette
What change?: Notable changes for computer/semiconductor industries are as follows. These are only some examples. For details, please see http://www.gld.gov.hk/cgi-bin/gld/egazette/gazettefiles.cgi?lang=e&year=2009&month=11&day=13&vol=13&no=46&gn=226&header=1&part=0&df=1&nt=s2&newfile=1&acurrentpage=12&agree=1&gaz_type=ls2
3A001.a.7 the removal of control over certain field programmable logic devices (including certain high-technology integrated circuits with memory function).
4D001.b.1/4E001.b.1 “Software” and “Technology” specially designed or modified for the “development” or “production” of “Digital computers” having an ”Adjusted Peak Performance” (“APP”) exceeding 0.04 Weighted TeraFLOPS (WT), to relaxation of control to 0.1APP
5A002. the relaxation of control over certain wireless personal area network equipment devices with published or commercial cryptographic standard (including certain wireless routers and wireless printers, etc.) Following exemptions notes are added.
(h) Equipment specially designed for the servicing of portable or mobile radiotelephones and similar client wireless devices that meet all the provisions of the Cryptography Note (Note 3 in Category 5, Part 2), where the servicing equipment meets all of the following:
1. The cryptographic functionality of the servicing equipment cannot easily be changed by the user of the equipment;
2. The servicing equipment is designed for installation without further substantial support by the supplier; and
3. The servicing equipment cannot change the cryptographic functionality of the device being serviced;
(i) Wireless "personal area network" equipment that implement only published or commercial cryptographic standards and where the cryptographic capability is limited to a nominal operating range not exceeding 30 metres according to the manufacturer’s specifications.