Moving to Hong Kong from the U.S.
If you are moving to Hong Kong from the United States, there will be plenty to consider and prepare for before you head East. With so many things to plan, the last thing you want to worry about is the logistics of a complicated international move – so you’ll want to hire a trustworthy and qualified overseas shipping company to make your move worry-free!
International Sea & Air Shipping will make your transition to Hong Kong as seamless as possible by providing top-notch shipping services for all of your household goods, and much more. Do you need help preparing your documents? Do you need Customs assistance?
No problem! International Sea & Air will help you plan your move to Hong Kong from start to finish!
How International Sea & Air can help for moving to Hong Kong
To start, one of our trained moving specialists will provide a one-on-one consultation with you, thoroughly outlining your moving options based on certain criteria, such as:
- Your moving timeline. When do you need to be in Hong Kong?
- Your real estate plans. Will you be renting or buying?
- Your family/household size. Will you be moving alone or with your family? For business or personal reasons?
- Cubic feet estimate. How large is your shipment?
What Will Moving to Hong Kong Cost?
For an accurate estimate of your shipment size, you should schedule a home survey as early as possible for your move to Hong Kong. Our moving specialists will assess your belongings to give you the best estimate possible to expedite your relocation.
The cost of moving to Hong Kong will vary considerably based on the cubic footage of your belongings and your proposed destination arrival time.
Don’t forget to ask about our overseas packing and custom crating services, too!
About Hong Kong
The region of Hong Kong, otherwise known as Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, sits on the southern coast of China, surrounded by the Pearl River Delta and the South China Sea. The region is known for a deep natural harbor and a densely populated area – over 7 million people call Hong Kong home.
Blending ancient cultures and tradition with modern industry, you can find Taoist temples and European colonial history right next to each other among dense construction -- towering sky scrapers (over 7,600) and high-rises, showcasing international contemporary architecture that caters to the high population. Over 90 percent of Hong Kong residents are of Chinese decent, followed by a small percentage of people from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Just after London and New York City, Hong Kong is the third most important international financial center characterized by low taxes and free trade.
Hong Kong is not only a world city, but one of the Alpha + cities, and ranks as the fifth most important city in the world (Global cities index 2014).
Ready for your international move to Hong Kong? First, get prepared by learning about what you’ll need to clear Customs!
Customs Regulations for Hong Kong
DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR ENTRY
- Copy of valid passport (identification pages only)
- Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
- Detailed inventory
- Shipper’s full contact details in Hong Kong (address, telephone number, email address, etc.)
When moving to Hong Kong, the customer will be faced with various regulations to abide by to successfully clear Customs with a household goods shipment:
- All household goods and personal effects can be imported duty free (Hong Kong is a duty-free port, but can carry various restrictions on certain items)
- Customers should contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, particularly for sea/air shipment differences
In Hong Kong, some articles may not be allowed for importation. These items include, but may not be limited to:
- Narcotics and other illegal drugs
- Firearms, explosives and ammunition
- Knives and deadly weapons
- Controlled chemicals
- Meat and poultry
- Rough diamonds
- Counterfeit goods
- Pornographic material
Some articles may have restricted quantities or require special authorization/ payments of duties and taxes to clear Customs in Hong Kong.
These items include, but are not limited to:
MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS
- Plants and plant products (license is required)
- Weapons and ammunition (special license issued by Hong Kong Police Department is required)
- Alcohol (detailed list including the quantity and CIF value required):
- Liquors/spirits with an alcohol percentage of more than 30 percent – 100 percent duty is charged
- Liquors/spirits and wine with an alcohol percentage of below 30 percent – rated zero for duty
- Wine is duty free
- Tobacco-- if passenger is 18 years old or older, he or she may import the following limited quantities:
- 19 cigarettes
- 1 cigar, or 25 grams
- 25 grams loose tobacco
Customers moving to Hong Kong may import their vehicles provided they meet the following criteria (Please note taxes for importation are high to discourage import of personal vehicles. It is highly recommended that the customer receive an estimate of the cost before shipping):
The customer will need the following documents:
- Certificate of Registration must be submitted to Marine Department for application of import permit within 24 hours from arrival of effects
- Left-hand drive cars cannot be imported
- All vehicles are subject to strict inspection and high taxes upon first registration
PETS AND ANIMAL REGULATIONS
- Original vehicle documentation
- Original purchase invoice
- Certificate of Insurance
- Certificate of Registration (if shipping a boat, the registration must show boat dimensions)
- Import Declaration
When importing a pet to Hong Kong, the requirements/documents needed are as follows:
- Health and Vaccination Certificate required from origin country
- Import Permit
- Quarantine is not required for dogs imported directly from the United Kingdom
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 : God and My Right|
Capital : N/A
National Anthem : March of the Volunteers
Location : Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Area : Total : 1,104 sq km
Land : 1,054 sq km
Climate : Subtropical monsoon; cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall
Water : 50 sq km
Nationality : Chinese/Hong Konger
Population : 7,122,508 (July 2011 est.)
Major Cities : N/A
Languages : Cantonese 90.8% (official), English 2.8% (official), Putonghua (Mandarin) 0.9%, other Chinese dialects 4.4%, Other 1.1% (2006 census)
GDP : $323.3 billion (2010 est.)
Exchange Rates : Hong Kong dollars (HKD) per US dollar - 7.78 (2010), 7.7518 (2009), 7.751 (2008), 7.802 (2007), 7.7678 (2006)
Airports : 2 (2010)
Roadways : Total : 2,067 km
Waterways : N/A
Ports & Terminals : Hong Kong