Moving to Hong Kong from the US

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Moving to Hong Kong from the US

When it’s time for you to embark on your international journey, count on us to be your reliable partner.

Hong Kong stands tall among the world’s financial hubs, alongside London and New York, making it a magnet for individuals seeking the dynamic opportunities of this technologically advanced region. At SDC International Shipping, we specialize in providing top-notch shipping services for household goods and vehicles for Americans relocating to Hong Kong from the USA.

Our seasoned logistics experts excel at orchestrating the seamless transport of your possessions, alleviating the stress of the moving process. Surprisingly, the shipping costs to Hong Kong are more affordable than you might imagine, offering you a cost-effective solution for your relocation needs.

Whether you are moving with your family, pursuing educational opportunities, exploring investment prospects, or returning to Hong Kong after a stint in the USA, our comprehensive removal services cater to all your requirements, including the safe transport of delicate items like pianos and artworks.


Moving Household Goods to Hong Kong

Exciting news awaits as Hong Kong welcomes your household goods with duty-free arms open wide! This means you can ship your personal effects and home items without duty charges, as long as they are not for commercial use. However, navigating the import process can be intricate due to Hong Kong’s stringent regulations on specific items. But worry not, your dedicated logistics agent at SDC International Shipping will ensure all requirements are meticulously met before your shipment sets sail from the US port.

Our household goods shipping services encompass a wide array of personal belongings, including:

  • Furniture
  • Books
  • Libraries
  • Carpets
  • Tableware
  • Clothing
  • Jewelry
  • Photographic equipment
  • Appliances
  • Electronics
  • Piano shipping
  • Artwork


To further streamline your move to Hong Kong, we offer a host of additional services designed to make your relocation as seamless as possible. When you entrust your move to SDC International Shipping, you gain access to:


  • Door-to-door service
  • Pickup service
  • Comprehensive packing solutions
  • Dedicated personal logistics agent
  • Marine insurance coverage
  • Expert assistance with customs clearance and more

Let us simplify your move to Hong Kong and ensure a hassle-free transition for your household goods.


Documents You Need to Bring Home Goods to Hong Kong

Preparing to bring your household goods to Hong Kong? Here’s a glimpse of the paperwork you’ll need for a smooth customs clearance process.

For those looking to bring local currency, here’s a pleasant surprise: there are no restrictions on local and foreign currency, making your financial arrangements hassle-free.

Upon arrival, Hong Kong customs officers will conduct a thorough inspection of your imported goods. Once the inspection is complete, ensure you have the following documents handy to collect your belongings:

  • Detailed packing list
  • Bill of Lading
  • Valid passport
  • In cases where you are not personally available for clearance, a signed authorization letter for the responsible individual or company handling clearance, along with a copy of your passport
  • License for importing restricted items


Opting for our professional packing service? Rest assured, our team will meticulously track your items with a detailed list and uphold the highest standards of packing and labeling to safeguard the integrity of your possessions.


Vehicle Shipping

For those relocating to Hong Kong from the USA with a right-hand drive vehicle, the process of importing your car involves a few regulatory steps.

To kick off the import process, you must furnish evidence that your vehicle meets emission standards. This crucial document can be obtained from a testing laboratory or directly from the manufacturer.

While foreigners are exempt from taxes, a detailed car list must be submitted within 14 days of arrival. Failure to do so may result in penalties or legal repercussions. Additionally, within 30 days, you must apply for an import return and promptly submit the completed form to avoid potential fines or legal consequences.

For car owners possessing the original emission exemption certificate from the Vehicle Examination Center, a fee is required to obtain an official roadworthiness document.

The final phase involves registering your vehicle, along with all necessary documentation, at the Licensing Office of the Transport Department in Hong Kong. Be prepared to settle all associated fees during this step.

For further insights on car shipping regulations to Hong Kong, we recommend visiting the Customs and Excise Department for valuable information.


How to Ship Household Items

When it comes to shipping your household items with SDC International Shipping, you have the flexibility to choose between air freight and sea freight for your convenience.

Opting for sea freight, while being the slower option, offers a cost-effective solution for transporting your belongings. Although it may take several weeks for your shipment to reach its destination, it provides a budget-friendly way to move your household items.

For containerized services, our clients can select between a Less than Container Load (LCL) and a Full Container Load (FCL). The LCL option caters to smaller shipments, often termed as groupage, making it ideal for compact loads. On the other hand, the FCL service is tailored for those relocating an entire household or spacious apartments with three to four bedrooms. Depending on the volume of your items, you can choose between a 20ft or 40ft container to accommodate your shipment size.

At SDC International Shipping, we offer tailored solutions to meet your specific needs, ensuring a smooth and efficient shipping process for your household items to your new destination.


Moving to Hong Kong from the USA with Pets

Planning to relocate to Hong Kong from the USA with your beloved cat or dog? Here’s what you need to know to ensure a smooth transition for your furry companion.

To bring your pet to Hong Kong, you must apply for a permit from the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD), which remains valid for up to 6 months. Alongside the permit application, you will be required to furnish the following essential documents:

  • Your pet’s health certificate issued within 14 days before departure
  • Evidence of your pet residing in the USA for at least 180 days prior to departure
  • A vaccination certificate for specific diseases dated within 10 days to one year before departure
  • Certification from the airline confirming your pet was transported on a single aircraft
  • A health certificate affirming that your furry friend is microchipped

A permit fee is applicable for the process. For the latest guidelines and updates on bringing pets to Hong Kong, we recommend visiting the AFCD website for comprehensive information.


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.


Major Destinations in Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a diverse range of destinations that appeal to American expats looking to settle in the region. Some popular areas where individuals and families often choose to relocate include:

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

Regardless of your chosen destination in Hong Kong, rest assured that SDC International Shipping is equipped to transport your belongings to any area with efficiency and reliability.

Allow us to simplify your move to Hong Kong and provide you with personalized solutions to meet your specific relocation requirements, ensuring a seamless transition to your desired destination.


Why Move with SDC International Shipping

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. 


Moving to Hong Kong from the US

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