Hong Kong Customs Clearance – The Basics:
- All items shipped internationally have to be checked and pass through Hong Kong customs no matter your choice of shipment: sea, air or land. Items can only enter or exit the country after clearing.
- Customs can hold up or confiscate your shipment of goods if you don’t prepare the customs clearance correctly.
To avoid such a situation from happening, follow the steps below to ensure a smooth process:
Step 1: Know The Shipping Regulations To And From Hong Kong
- Shipping regulations differ from place to place, so be aware of the local customs laws or ask us for help.
- Hong Kong is a free port and does not levy any customs tariff on most imports and exports.
- There is a list of restricted items that are prohibited and controlled under the provisions of the Import and Export Ordinance (Cap. 60, Laws of Hong Kong) or any other laws of Hong Kong.
- The Customs and Excise Department is responsible for the clearance of import/export cargo within Hong Kong territory.
Step 2: Prepare Documentation
You are not required to be present in person during the inspection and clearance, but you need to prepare the related documents beforehand.
Customs control in Hong Kong is done by inspecting the submitted documents like:
- Import / export license or removal permit (if required);
- Copy of detention notice (if applicable); and / or,
- Other supporting documents such as bill of lading, airway bill, invoice, packing list, etc.
Only selected cases will be examined physically. If your consignments are selected to be examined, they would be detained by customs. Air or sea shipment’s customs clearance usually takes 3-5 days.
The documents required for Customs clearance in Hong Kong are:
- Copy of passport (photo page)
- Authorization Letter from the client
- Copy of Ocean Bill of Lading / Air Waybill
- Copy of packing list in English
Once your shipment is cleared, you should receive a document to prove that all related duties have been paid and shipment is good to proceed.
Please bear in mind, if you want to import prohibited items, a license/permit/certificate will be needed and can be obtained in advance from the government.
Step 3: Pay The Taxes And Duties
Import & Export duties and taxes vary depending on the destination/origin and the item’s value. Luckily, Hong Kong is a free port and does not levy any customs tariff on most imports and exports. Hong Kong also doesn’t have any tariff quota or surcharge and general services taxes. Only four types of commodities are dutiable: Liquors, Tobacco, Hydrocarbon Oil and Methyl Alcohol.
How can CBIP assist you in customs clearance in Hong Kong?
If you are looking for a shipping company in Hong Kong, CBIP is the perfect option since we provide a tailor-made service plan to meet your needs. We act as a freight forwarder and customs broker.