Importers of goods from Hong Kong can breathe a temporary sigh of relief. Customs and Border Protection has extended the deadline on which their goods must be marked as having Chinese origin.
Under the original schedule, the last day on which merchandise could be designated as having Hong Kong origin was September 25, 2020. Perhaps realizing that this schedule was overly ambitious, CBP has provided an additional 45 days, through November 9, 2020, for the transition.
Please keep in mind that the new marking requirement under this new date (as under the old one) applies when goods are entered. Transit times should be taken into account to ensure that products arrive in time; there is no separate grace period for items that are on the water and arrive after the deadline.