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Are you considering moving to China from New York?

If you are going to Shanghai, Beijing or some other city in China from the Tri-state area, you will want a mover who is going to take good care of you.

Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We’d love to make your move to/from China as seamless and stress-free as possible.

We have a free estimate form that allows you to calculate the cost.

We have a lot of experience moving and relocating people to/from China and would love to assist you.

NY International Shipping, a specialized overseas moving company with over a decade of experience, is capable of performing international relocations from and to any location. When moving to China, NY International Shipping knows that it is essential that you find the right overseas moving company to get you there which is why we have compiled the following information on how to compare international shipping companies, what to look for in a credible overseas moving company and what to expect after moving to China. You can also contact NY International Shipping directly with any questions at 212.267.7447 or through our online contact form here.

How to Compare International Moving Companies

Not all international moving companies are the same and not all moving companies that claim they can coordinate moving to China actually specialize in this type of overseas relocation. Beware of domestic moving companies that claim to perform international moving in addition to their other services! When handling the delicate transition of moving to China you want a company with the right experience, connections and know-how. As you compare international moving companies make sure you use the most accurate method of comparison. NY International Shipping has found that when looking for a professional international moving company for moving to China it is best to use apples-to-apples comparison to accurately judge how each company stacks up against the others you are considering. Here is how to perform this effective side by side comparison:

1. Gather overseas moving rates from each potential international moving company based on shipping the exact same volume using the same shipping services from and to the same locations.
2. Compare the quotes provided side by side.
3. Determine who is charging the best rates for the overseas moving services you need.

What to Look for in an International Moving Company

Rates are not the only thing worth considering when moving to China using an overseas moving company. You want to make sure you use the company with the right credentials, experience, services and proof of their quality of service. Here is what an experienced international moving company should look like:

NY International Shipping at a Glance
Specialized overseas moving business with over a decade of experience relocating customers worldwide, including moving to China
Competitive industry rates
Licensed by the Federal Maritime Commission as a Non-Vessel Operating Common Carrier (NVOCC) as well as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
FREE consultations with a relocation specialist to assist you in planning your move to China
Worldwide network of reliable shipping agents allows us to move clients smoothly from and to any location worldwide
Dedicated staff of overseas moving professionals who make excellent customer service a top priority
Exclusive ownership of a fully secured, environmentally-controlled warehouse facility available to clients who wish to store goods before or after moving to China.
Many referrals available to share from satisfied customers scattered across the globe
All-inclusive shipping options for overseas relocation (i.e. door-to-door, shipment consolidation, custom crates, etc.)
Make sure that as you evaluate overseas moving companies for moving to China that you look at the big picture. It may be worth going with a slightly more expensive moving company if they have better services, more experience and a more extensive network of international relocation agents. You may wish to either choose a less expensive overseas moving method or reducing your total shipment volume. Discuss your options with NY International Shipping by sending in an inquiry through our simple online contact form.

What to Expect when Moving to China

As you probably already know, China, the capital of which is Beijing, is by far the largest country in East Asian and is made up of roughly an astonishing 1.3 billion people! If you’re moving to China it is also important to note that China has one of the swiftest growing economies, currently the 2nd largest exporter and 3rd largest importer in the world. The immense industrialization of China, enabling the country to mass produce a wide variety of things, has opened up many job opportunities for residence of the country as well as business men worldwide. China has a socialist republic government and is currently governed by the Communist Party of China. China continues to flourish into a mix of rich ancient culture and modern revolution. If you are moving to China you may wish to brush up on or begin learning Chinese as that is the primary language spoken. Although, if you move to a metropolis such as Hong Kong many businesses and business men and women speak English so you may be able to get by while you become fluent in Chinese. NY International Shipping reminds you that you may need to apply for a visa prior to moving to China. Contact your local Chinese Consulate to learn more about the visa types available as well as the process to apply. Give yourself plenty of time prior to moving to China to have your visa processed as it can sometimes be a time consuming procedure.

Whether you’re moving to China for a corporate relocation or simply wish to enjoy living in another culture, NY International Shipping offers the services and know-how to get you there smoothly. Contact NY International Shipping if you have any questions or wish to begin coordinating moving to China by being in touch.

Ports: Shanghai, Xingang


Prohibited: Any Articles Deemed To Be Detrimental To Chinese Political, Economic, Cultural, Moral Or Hygienic Interests. The import of firearms is strictly prohibited.


As of January 1, 2007, shippers are required to pay a 30% customs duty on golf clubs if the golf clubs

being imported are part of the shipper’s household goods shipment to China.


Household Goods and Personal Effects

Required Documents: An Import Permit (“Customs Sealed Letter”) is required for customs clearance.

Documentation that is required for Import Permit is listed below:

• Chinese Residency Card (Green Card)

• Passport with Z visa

• Employment Card

• Company’s Customs Registration Book

• Representative Card (required for foreign representative office)

• Company’s Business License (required for Joint Venture or wholly owned company)

• Application Form with client’s signature and company’s chop

• Inventory packing list for all incoming shipments

• ‘Baggage Declaration Form’ (required by some cities)

Two copies need to be completed identically and handed to the Customs officials to get stamped. The form returned to the shipper should be forwarded to his destination agent for clearance of his goods.


Customs Regulations:

  • Application for Employment Card and the Chinese Residency Card are issued within approx. 3-4 weeks after arrival to China.
  • AFTER issuance of the Residency Card, the expatriate applies for import permit of his/her personal effects/household goods to the local customs bureau.
  • ANYTHING listed and approved in the application may be imported within the next 6 months only.
  • All shipments are subject to inspection by local Customs.
  • Since January 1995, all electrical appliances, furniture, lighting fixtures, foodstuffs, bedding, wine/alcohol included in shipments of household & personal effects will be subject to import duty.
  • All electrical items must be clearly indicated on the inventory with its model, serial number & size (if applicable).
  • All video tapes & CD’s must be clearly indicated on the inventory. Such items will be subject to an estimated 2-3 weeks inspection by Customs Bureau. Any items containing pornographic and subversive material will be confiscated and a fine may be levied on the owner.
  • Asian/Chinese antiques must be indicated on the inventory with a separate demand to local Customs to register them for re-export. There is no guarantee that such items will be allowed out of the country.
  • Fax machines, photocopy machines are NOT ALLOWED in personal shipments.


Remarks: Each shipper is allowed to have two shipments to China duty free and one must be an air shipment. Duty free will only apply to household and personal effects. All shipments to China need an import permit. After the arrival of the shipper in China, the shipper must apply for a Residence Certificate and Working Card. With the Residence permit and Working Card, then the shipper can apply for the import permit. The process for the two documents can take from ten to thirty days. Air shipment must store at point of origin until shipper’s import permit is available.


Required Documents:

  • Written application to a designated Customs office
  • ‘Import Cargo Declaration’
  • Invoice
  • Documents required for Import Permit are the same as household goods

Customs Regulations:

  • Import restrictions are governed at the local level.
  • Import duty and taxes are applicable and duty free for diplomats.


Remarks: It is recommended that you contact your agent for specific advice and information.


Pets and Animals

Remarks: Pets and animals are subject to strict quarantine regulations.

It is recommended that you contact your agent for specific advice and information.



Remarks: Personal Computers with encryption capabilities require pre- approval of software prior to importation into China. Import of Personal Computers and laptops with simple password software for e-mail, windows, Microsoft outlook, etc. as part of a HHG shipment do not require pre-approval.

It is recommended that you contact your agent for specific advice and information


Restriction of Non-Manufactured Wood Packing Materials (WPM)  

Since January 2006, The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People China requires that wooden packaging material imported into China be either heat treated or fumigated with methyl bromide and properly marked.

The new measure follows ISPM-15 (International standards for Phytosanitary Measures Publication 15) Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade to standardize the treatment of wood packing materials used for the transport of goods.

The wood packing material must be marked in a visible location on each article, on at least two opposite sides of the article with a legible and permanent mark in black ink. Labels and adhesives are not allowed. The mark should look as follows:

In the above image, the XXX is the country code, and 000 the producer number, YY indicates the treatment type, and AAA indicates the inspection agency logo.

WPM that are exempt from this regulation include:

  1. Manufactured wood materials such as plywood, particleboard, oriented strand board and fiberboard.
  2. WPM consisting entirely of wood pieces less than 6mm thick in all and any dimensions, including sawdust, wood-wool and paring etc…


Export of Relics out of Mainland China:

 The Chinese Bureau of Relics just announced significant changes pertaining to the export of relics (antiques) from Mainland. The following is condensed from a newspaper article while official wording is being awaited from Relics Bureau itself. So the following may still be subject to change, but the new regulations are already being enforced. So you may need to alert any shippers with goods already in transit.


Private Export of Relics earlier than 1911 will not be allowed Outside of China

The 60th reigning year of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing Dynasty, or 1795 was the previous standard for relics being exported from China. All relics made or produced before that year were and still are prohibited from being exported.

However, this standard has been changed to 1911. “1911”will replace “1795” as the new time standard for relics being exported out of China.

Furthermore, for those important relics, the year limit is set to 1949; and for important relics and fine arts by ethnic minorities, the limit is 1966.

Relics restricted in this revised regulation will include porcelain ware, gold ware, silverware, copperware and some other metal wares; jade ware, lacquer ware, glassware, carvings and sculptures of all materials; furniture, handwritings, calligraphies and paintings, rubbings, books, documentations, weaves and embroideries, cultural equipment, postage stamps, currencies, appliances, handicrafts and fine arts, etc.

Any customers wishing to import into China items of Chinese origin that could fall under the new regulations, must register them with the authorities prior to customs release. Anyone not doing so may have great difficulty in later re-exporting these items when they leave China.

There have been constant changes so be in touch to confirm and clarify everything.

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Written by Einat Mazafi
Einat Mazafi is the owner of NY International Shipping, an International Shipping and moving company based in New York. She is also a specialist in providing the best relocation solutions to clients worldwide.