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Moving to Hong Kong from the US

When it’s time for you to venture out, we’re here to help. 

Hong Kong is among the financial centers in the world, along with London and New York. So it’s no wonder that so many people are heading towards this technologically advanced region. SDC International Shipping offers shipping services for household goods and vehicles for Americans moving to Hong Kong from the USA. 

Our logistics experts can arrange the shipping of your belongings in a way to take the burden off your shoulders. Even more, you will be pleasantly surprised to find out that the shipping cost to Hong Kong is less than you might expect. 

Whether you plan to move with your family, study, take advantage of the investment opportunity or return to Hong Kong after living in the USA, our removal services will cover all your needs, including pianos and artwork items. 

Moving Household Goods to Hong Kong

The good news is that Hong Kong is a duty-free port which means that you can ship all the home goods and personal effects duty-free as long as they are not intended for commercial purposes. Yet, the import process isn’t easy. The Hong Kong government still applies strict rules to specific items. Your logistics agent at SDC International Shipping will check whether all the requirements have been met before the shipment leaves the US port. 

As part of our household goods shipping services, we ship different personal belongings, such as:  

  • Furniture 
  • Books
  • Libraries
  • Carpets
  • Tableware 
  • Clothes Jeweler 
  • Photographic equipment 
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Piano shipping 
  • Artwork

We offer many additional services to make your move to Hong Kong as easy as possible. When you hire SDC International Shipping, you can take advantage of: 

  • Door-to-door service
  • Pickup service
  • Packing solutions 
  • Personal logistics agent 
  • Marine insurance
  • Assistance with customs clearance and more

Documents You Need to Bring Home Goods to Hong Kong

If you are planning to bring local currency with you, another good news is that there are no restrictions on local and foreign currency. 

The Hong Kong customs officers will inspect everything you import. Once the inspection is completed, you will need the following documents to pick up your stuff: 

  • Detailed packing list
  • Bill of Lading
  • Valid passport
  • If you are not personally present at clearance, you’ll need a signed authorization letter for the person or company responsible for handling the clearance and a copy of your passport. 
  • License for importing restricted items. 

If you include our professional packing service, we’ll make sure to keep track of your belongings by making a list. Besides, our packers guarantee the quality of packing and labeling.  

Vehicle Shipping

Those moving to Hong Kong from the USA can bring a right-hand car, but the import comes with red tape. To start with, you will need to provide proof that your auto complies with the emission standards. The document can be obtained at a testing laboratory or from the auto manufacturer. 

Although foreigners don’t need to pay any taxes, they still have to provide a detailed list of the car within 14 days. Then, you have to apply for an import return and submit the filled-out form within 30 days; otherwise, you might be subject to fines and even jail time. 

Car owners with the original certificate of emission exemption at the Vehicle Examination Center have to pay the fee to get an official paper of roadworthiness. 

The final step is to register your car with all the documents at the Licensing Office of the Transport Department In Hong Kong and pay all the fees. 

For more information about car shipping to Hong Kong, visit Customs and Excise Department. 

How to Ship Household Items

At SDC International Shipping, you can choose how you want to ship household items  – via air freight or sea freight. Although sea freight is the fastest mode, it’s also the most expensive. Ocean freight is much cheaper, but it usually takes several weeks for your shipment to make it to your new home. 

As for containerized services, our clients can opt for a Less than Container Load and a Full Container Load (FCL). The first shipping method is intended for small-size shipments; it’s also referred to as a groupage. The second option suits those moving the entire house or large apartments of three or four bedrooms. So depending on the volume of the contents, you will pay for a 20ft or 40ft container. 

Moving to Hong Kong from the USA with Pets

To bring a cat or dog to Hong Kong, you’ll need to apply to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) to get a permit, which will be valid for up to 6 months. In addition, you will have to provide the following documents: 

  • Your pet’s health certificate that has been issued no older than 14 days before departure;
  • Proof that an animal has resided in the USA for 180 days before departure; 
  • A vaccination certificate for certain diseases that have been issued no more than 10 days and no more than one year before departure;
  • A certificate from the airline proving that your pet was transported in one aircraft;
  • A health certificate must state that your furry friend is microchipped;

You will have to pay a fee for a permit. Check out the AFCD website to know the latest updates about bringing pets to Hong Kong. 

The Cost of Moving to Hong Kong from the USA

The cost of moving household goods to Hong Kong hinges on variables peculiar to your shipment. For example, both the origin and the volume factor into the overall cost. If we ship your stuff to Hong Kong from California, it will cost differently than sending the same size of household items from New York. 

At SDC International Shipping, we create custom quotes to meet the needs of our customers. 

Major Destinations

There are several popular destinations for American expats in Hong Kong. Most individuals and families tend to move to the following areas: 

  • Hong Kong City
  • Sok Kwu Wan
  • Yung Shue Wan
  • Kowloon 

No matter where you need to move to in Hong Kong, we can get you to any destination. 

Why Moving with US

What other people know about us.

“SDC international movers were fantastic. They moved us out of our large apartment in two days, including packing. Communication was straightforward. I thank the whole team involved. It was my third move and they were the best.” – Lue K. “We picked SDC because of good reviews. The quotes we got from other companies were higher. We agreed on pickup and scheduling, and it was pretty fast. Movers came on time and were very courteous. Tom was a primary point of contact for me, and he always updated me on every step of the move. We got our shipment and nothing was broken.” – Kerry B. 


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