Required Documents

  • Passport
  • Authorization letter allowing destination agent to see shipment through customs
  • Inventory List 



Duty-Free: Customer may declare one (1) air shipment and one (1) surface shipment when shipping to Hong Kong within six (6) months of the shipper’s import request being approved 

Duty Applied: Any shipments after the first two (2) mentioned above incur full duty charges

Shipping via Air: Subject to physical inspections

Shipping via Land: Subject physical inspections at random

Remarks: In most cases the customer does not have to be present at customs for shipments to clear.


Restrictions and Dutiable Items 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Perfume: Subject to duty

Products Made from Animal byproducts: certain goods made from fur, feathers, tusks, skins, ivory and some agriculture products require Exporting Country’s License, Certificate of Origin and an Import License—subject to inspection by Agrictulture and Fisheries Department of the Hong Kong Authorities

Radioactive substances and Pesticides: Restricted



The following items are prohibited from being shipped into Hong Kong:

  • Narcotics and medications (exceptions made with copy of prescriptions)
  • Trees, plants and vegetables (exceptions made with Phytosanitary Certificate and Import License)
  • Uncooked poultry or meat
  • Pornographic materials (printed, video, etc.)
  • Materials that pose a threat or challenge to the government
  • Weapons, fireworks, ammunition, clasp-knives, and explosives (subject to import license and control by police)

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  • Right-hand drive vehicles permitted only
  • Some models not permitted
  • High duties and taxes apply
  • Must be owned for a minimum of six (6) months prior to shipping to Hong Kong


Required Documents:

  • Passport
  • Hong Kong insurance certificate
  • Bill of sale and/or original purchase invoice
  • Export License from country of origin stating chassis and engine number
  • Deregistration certificate
  • Registration certificate stating dimensions
  • Authorization letter for shipping agent in Hong Kong to see vehicle through customs
  • Emissions Texst Certificate (must be obtained prior to being shipped)

Remarks: Vehicles must be reported to Hong Kong’s Transport Department within fourteen (14) days of being shipped to the Hong Kong Transport Department Licensing Division

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Quarantine: May be required based on country of origin and type of pet

Required Documents:

  • Health certificate from no longer than 14 days prior (must be endorsed by government-approved vet)
  • Proof of rabies vaccination administered within thirty (30) days of departure, but no more than six (6) months prior
  • Import Permit from Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (valid for 30 days from day it’s issued)
  • Residence Certificate (endorsed by USDA/APHIS/VS)
  • International Health Certificate (endorsed by USDA/APHIS/VS)

Remarks: Special permits must be gained prior to importation for some animals and birds. Quarantine length varies.



Providers: There are multiple internet providers in Hong Kong, including:

  • Netvigator
  • Hong Kon Broadband
  • Pacific Internet
  • HKNeT
  • HGC Broadband 

Requirements: In order to set up internet service, you will need the following:

  • Hong Kong ID card
  • Passport
  • Proof of residence

Remarks: It is important to note that internet activity is closely monitored. Some websites may be restricted.



  • Voltage 220 V
  • Type G British 3-pin plugs
  • Type M South African plugs (occasionally found)

Remarks: Type M has been replaced by Type G, but Type M can still be found.

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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.