Key Topic – Hong Kong Protests
Large-scale protests that have been carried out in Hong Kong in the summer of 2019 intensified in early August, with a rising level of tension and closure of the airport on two consecutive afternoons and evenings. So far operations at the Port of Hong Kong have not been disrupted, but consumer demand for some food products and other goods is now suffering – especially in the foodservice and hospitality sectors, as frequent transportation disruptions and uncertainty among tourists and residents have curbed consumption at restaurants in the areas where protests are concentrated. However, neighborhood supermarkets and restaurants are faring well, as Hong Kong residents choose to eat at home or closer to home. USMEF-Hong Kong staff members continue to monitor the situation and carry out promotional activities as conditions allow, and USMEF will update exporters on further developments as information becomes available. USMEF has declined to comment on whether these protests have impacted U.S.-China trade relations, or on Congressional actions related to Hong Kong. If you received such a request, please contact Joe Schuele at 303-547-0030 or firstname.lastname@example.org.