The MTR Corporation will extend its luggage weight limits initiated on October 9th, 2012 until further notice (please refer to our related article for more information about the implementation of the luggage weight limit).
From February 4th, 2013 passengers traveling on the East Rail MTR Line are allowed to have only one (!) piece of baggage. The MTR Corporation tightened their regulations and lowered the overall weight allowance from 32kg to 23kg. Effective from February 4th, 2013 the total weight must not exceed 23 kg. Besides the total dimensions should not exceed 170cm length (length + width + height) and any length of any side should not exceeding 130cm. Scales are placed near the wide gates to check the weight of the luggage at the busiest stations of Sheung Shui, Fanling, Lo Wu and Lok Ma Chau. Passengers with overweight luggage and/or with luggage exceeding the requirements of the total dimensions of the luggage are requested to leave the station.
Lowering the imposed weight limits from 32kg to 23kg implies that the trail scheme couldn’t prevent the activities of the cross-border parallel traders to overweight their luggage. In the past, it was not unusual for cross-border parallel traders to transport large quantities of goods exceeding 70-80kg on their trolleys, which represented a hazard to other travelers and passengers. In order to better safeguard its customers, the MTR Corporation decided to extend and tightened their luggage weight limits. The luggage weight limit currently only affects the East Rail MTR Line.