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Moving to China from the United States

If you are moving to or from China, International Sea & Air Shipping can expedite your relocation to China with sea or air containers for a smooth and seamless overseas moving of your personal belongings.

When Moving to China

An International Moving Specialist will help you by outlining your moving options based on your moving criteria such as:
  • Have you obtained your permits? Before proceeding with any move to China, you must have obtained a ONE-YEAR Work Permit & Residence Permit.
  • How long is your intended stay in China?
  • Are there opportunities in China to purchase property and household goods?

The Cost of Moving to China

The cost to move to China from the United States varies considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.

Make an appointment for consultation on your move to China - including a site inspection of your home and belongings to get the most accurate cubic feet estimate & moving services to help expedite your relocation to China.

About China

Home to the only man-made structure visible in earth from the moon, the Great Wall, China is renowned for its century old culture and civilization history. Distinctive culture and the foster land of many of the world’s first traditions and practices, this land is often considered as the representative of the far East.

China is the1st most populous and 4th largest country by geographic area country in the world. China shares border with Mongolia, Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

China is also well known for its wide array of travel destinations and attractions. Be it mountain ranges, or posh city areas or the historic provinces, China has something for everyone to offer in terms of cultural, religious, cuisine and others interests. Fostering of 4000 years of civilization has given China a unique attraction.

China is the world's 3rd largest economy by gross domestic product. The largest trade partners are Japan, Hong Kong, South Korea, US, Taiwan, and Germany.

Custom Regulations for China:
China officially announced emergency quarantine regulations effective January 1, 2000. China will be requiring USDA certification of heat treatment for all conifer (i.e. pine, spruce, hemlock or fir) solid wood packing material (SWPM) OR exporter certification that none of the packing material in the shipment is conifer wood. The regulations apply to both air and sea shipments. SWPM includes but is not limited to, dunnage, crating, pallets, packing blocks, drums, cases, spools and skids.

Improperly certified shipments are subject to one of three actions:
  1. The shipment can be returned to origin.
  2. The shipment can be separated from the packing material, at the importer's expense. The packing material would be destroyed.
  3. If the shipment cannot be separated from the packing material and is not returned to origin, then both the shipment and packing material would be destroyed.
For additional information concerning this topic visit Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from the USDA at and look under "hot Topics" on the home page.

  • Visa/Work Visa
  • Foreign Expert Certificate
  • Identity Card
  • Residence Card/Permit
  • Original Passport and Authorization Letter
  • Residency Registration (to obtain Green Card)
  • Application for Customs Sealed Letter (three copies)
  • Letter of Employment Certification (preferably in Chinese) from employer's registered China Office, or Chinese host organization, certifying that Customer will be either personnel of Foreign Resident Office, or Foreign Expert
  • Detailed inventory in English (describing general carton contents - PBO "packed by owner" and "misc." not acceptable)
  • Arrival Customs Declaration (to be completed by Customer on arrival at port of entry)
  • Application for import of personal effects (Import Permit)
    • List of goods and quantity to be imported must be in Chinese
    • Must list all items planned for import within six months from the date of approval of the application, even if not contained in the first shipment
  • Certificate of Origin may be required
  • Customs Permit (must be approved prior to arrival of goods)
    • Customs Permit and inventory must MATCH EXACTLY!!
  • Health Certificate
    • Full physical examination with blood test to prove evidence of absence of communicable diseases, especially AIDS
  • Personal registration of owner of the goods and employer's registration must be approved before arrival of the shipment
  • Used household goods and personal effects are dutiable for Chinese persons holding a foreign passport and foreigners entering China for an extended period of time (not holding a Residence Card)
  • Only one air and one sea shipment may be imported within six months of Customer
  • Shipments are subject to physical inspection by Customs
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Foodstuff
  • Office supplies and furniture must be for personal use
  • Office equipment cannot be imported as personal effects and are dutiable (i.e. copiers and fax machines)
  • Electrical/electronic items (new or used) are subject to import duties (including computers) make, model, and serial number must be on inventory
  • One of each electrical/electronic item per customer may be imported such as TV’s, stereos, refrigerators, VCR’s, washer/dryer
  • Audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, compact discs, etc. (limited importation applies) will be inspected by Customs Office
  • Cordless or portable phones (Import Permit required)
  • Radio transmitters and components
  • Bicycles
  • Oriental antiques and objects d'art must be declared in detail, otherwise re-export might be prohibited
  • Textiles and fabrics of wool, silk and artificial and synthetic fibers and bedding
  • Cosmetics
  • Cameras, watches, clocks and their parts and accessories
  • Small quantity of prescription medicines may be allowed (with a copy of the prescription)
  • Computers/printers – only one of each item allowed per customer
  • Dutiable/restricted items must be clearly indicated on the inventory and loaded last for easy access
  • Weapons and ammunition
  • Drugs or poisons
  • Fresh food, especially meat
  • Pornographic and subversive literature, films, tapes, etc.
  • Endangered and rare animals and their products
  • Motorcycles are prohibited
  • Privately owned vehicles are considered a luxury item and are dutiable
  • Restrictions and taxes depend on the type and size of vehicle
  • Subject to import duties of up to 200%
  • Documents must be provided to support the age and value of the auto
  • Documents required:
    • Written application to Customs Office
    • Import Cargo Declaration
    • Invoice
  • Only one pet per Residence Permit, regulations for licensing of dogs are complicated and strict
  • Health Certificate and original Certificate of Rabies Vaccination is required
  • Subject to strict quarantine regulations
  • Veterinary inspection must be arranged by owner upon arrival
NOTE - Customs regulations are subject to change at any time. The proceeding information is a brief summary of customs regulations applicable to household goods shipments to this destination and is being provided for general guidance to assist our Agents and customers. Since such regulations are subject to change without notice, International Sea & Air Shipping cannot be held liable for any costs, damage, delays, or other detrimental events resulting from non-compliance. Always double check with your local embassy or consulate.

Call our International Moving Specialists @ 1-866-788-1090


Motto : Reform and Open up
Capital : Beijing
National Anthem : "Yìyǒngjūn Jìnxíngqǔ" ("The March of the Volunteers")


Location : Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam
Area : Total : 9,596,961 sq km

Land : 9,569,901 sq km
Water : 27,060 sq km

Climate : Extremely diverse; tropical in south to subarctic in north


Nationality : Chinese
Population : 1,336,718,015 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : Shanghai 16.575 million; BEIJING (capital) 12.214 million; Chongqing 9.401 million; Shenzhen 9.005 million; Guangzhou 8.884 million (2009)
Languages : Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect) (official), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, Minority Languages (see Ethnic groups entry)


GDP : $9.872 trillion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Renminbi yuan (RMB) per US dollar - 6.7852 (2010), 6.8314 (2009), 6.9385 (2008), 7.61 (2007), 7.97 (2006)


Airports : 502 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 3,583,715 km
Waterways : 110,000 km
Ports & Terminals : Dalian, Guangzhou, Ningbo, Qingdao, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Tianjin


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