• All air shipments are physically inspected
  • Surface shipments are physically inspected at random
  • Customer is allowed to declare one air shipment and one surface shipment imported into the People’s Republic of China within six months of the shipper’s approved import procedures.
    • Any declaration after the two allowed are admitted full duty


  • Authorization Letter from Customer for Destination Agent to handle Customs clearance (provided by Destination Agent.)
  • Photocopy of Customer’s Passport picture page


  • Narcotic drugs/medications (import permitted with copy of prescription)
  • Pornographic or politically subversive material
  • Weapons, ammunition, fireworks, explosives and clasp-knives are subject to import license and police control
  • Plants, trees, vegetables (a Phytosanitary Certificate and Import License is required)
  • Uncooked meat/poultry


  • Alcohol and tobacco products and perfume are subject to duties
  • Feathers, furs, skins, tusks, ivory and certain agriculture products require Exporting Country’s License, Certificate of Origin, and an Import License, and are subject to inspection by the Agriculture and Fisheries Department
  • Pesticides and radioactive substances


  • Quarantine may be required depending on the type of animal and the country of origin
  • Documents required:
    • Health Certificate cannot be more than 14 days old and must be endorsed by a Government approved Veterinarian
    • Rabies Vaccination must be administered at least 30 days before departure, but not more than six months before departure
    • Import Permit issued by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and valid for 30 days from date of issue
    • Both a Residence Certificate as well as an additional International Health Certificate must be prepared and must be endorsed by the USDA/APHIS/VS

Special permits must be obtained in advance for the importation of animals and birds. Quarantine periods vary according to the animal’s country of origin. Application forms for the permits may be obtained from:


The Agriculture and Fisheries Department
12th Floor, Canton Road Government Offices
393 Canton Road
Kowloon, Hong Kong
Tel: 852-733-2235


  • Only right-hand drive vehicles are permitted (driving is on the left)
  • Certain models are not accepted (must contact Transport Department for further details)
  • Very high duty and taxes
  • Vehicle must be owned by customer for more than 6 months
  • Documents required:
    • Passport
    • Hong Kong Insurance Certificate
    • Driver’s license
    • Authorization letter for Destination Agent to handle Customs clearance
    • Full Exhaust Emission Test Certificate (should be obtained prior to departure from origin)
    • Bill of Sale/Original Purchase Invoice
    • Export License in origin country stating engine and chassis number
    • Registration Certificate showing the dimensions
    • Deregistration Certificate
  • They must be reported to Transport Department within 14 days of arrival in Hong Kong

Transport Department
Licensing Division
3/FL., United Centre

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, we 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.

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