International Removals to HONG KONG from the UK
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Are you planning a move to Hong Kong or elsewhere in China and in need of a trustworthy and reliable international removal company? Look no further. Our premier international removals service is designed to handle every aspect of your relocation from start to finish.
Moving overseas from the UK to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) requires careful planning and expert guidance. With its vibrant cities, rich cultural heritage, and boundless opportunities, Hong Kong and China beckon expats from around the world seeking new adventures and career prospects. Many Hong Kong nationals also choose to return to the city after living abroad for a few years.
Whatever your situation, as you embark on this exciting move to Hong Kong and China, choosing a specialised international removals company like United International Removals is essential.
Whether your dream is to take in the mesmerising skylines of Hong Kong Harbour, settle in the bustling metropolis of Shanghai, experience the dynamic blend of tradition and modernity in Beijing, or embrace the vibrant energy of Guangzhou, our dedicated team covers all parts of Hong Kong and China.
Let us take care of your household removal to Hong Kong or China, allowing you to focus on other aspects of your move. Before you know it, you’ll be immersing yourself in the vibrant local culture, exploring iconic landmarks, and savouring delectable cuisine.
So why wait? Complete our online form, and we will promptly provide you with a quote for your overseas removal to Hong Kong or China. Alternatively, you can give us a call at 01942 55710. Our friendly team is ready to answer all your questions and assist you throughout your relocation journey.
We’ll Handle It! – No matter Where In Hong Kong, China You Are Moving To!
Our comprehensive service and expert teams will take care of everything for you, no matter how big or small your move.
Our removals to Hong Kong service includes:
- Complete door-to-door service
- Free video or home survey
- Your own personal Move Coordinator
- Highly experienced packing crews
- Quality packing materials as standard
- Full or shared load container shipping
- Customs clearance dealt with on your behalf
- Help with the required paperwork and documentation
- Shipment Protection Cover available
- Local teams to handle your delivery
- Storage facilities available in the UK or in Hong Kong
We offer a full and comprehensive Hong Kong shipping service…
We handle everything for you, taking the stress out of your international relocation.
Professional Export Packing
Our dedicated team of packers will ensure all your belongings are safe and secure.
Our local customs agents will ensure everything goes smoothly on arrival in your country.
How long do removals and shipping to Hong Kong take?
On average, we estimate around 6-9 weeks for a sole-use or full shipping container (FCL) and 8-12 weeks for shared shipping containers (LCL).
On arrival, your shipping container will need to be cleared by customs and how long this takes can vary depending on how busy the port is. For this reason, all shipping times are only estimates. It is important to mention that there is a good chance that a part load container, sometimes referred to as groupage or shared, will take longer to arrive than a full container load, FCL.
Unfortunately, the timescales for shipping to Hong Kong and the rest of China are not precise. We would love to be able to give our customers exact timings for international removals to Hong Kong, but several factors come into play when shipping internationally, and some of them are beyond our control.
How much do removals to Hong Kong from the UK cost?
The cost of removals to Hong Kong will depend on several factors, such as the volume of goods you are sending, what packing is required, and the distance you are from the port.
A part from the removals and shipping, additional costs will also need to be considered, such as optional insurance/shipment protection and Hong Kong customs inspection fees that need to be paid on arrival.
The best way to get a more accurate price or estimate is to call our team or request a removals quote online. They can also advise on reducing your removal costs to get the cheapest removals to Hong Kong.
NB: As prices are regularly changing, we highly recommend you contact us to get an estimate of current removal costs and book a free home or virtual survey so that we can give you a more accurate removals quote.
What is included in the cost for removals to Hong Kong?
We offer a fully comprehensive removals service to Hong Kong, which will take care of everything for you. The removals service includes door-to-door pick-up and delivery (not door-to-port), export packing by professional international removal packers, specialist cartons, crates and antique packing as required, help with customs paperwork and inventory listing, shipping via accredited shipping lines, transport to and from the port, customs clearance service.
Additional fees not included in your removal costs quote include customs inspection fees, duties and port fees payable on arrival in Singapore, storage services and maritime insurance or shipment protection cover, which is recommended but not required.
Beware of cheap removals quotes to Hong Kong which do not include all the costs.
Whats is the container shipping or removals process to Hong Kong?
Your household belongings and furniture will be shipped to Hong Kong, China via a sea freight service. The overseas removals service can be quite complicated, but with United Removals’, our expert teams will make the process as easy and stress free as possible. You can sit back and let us do all the heavy lifting!
Our Hong Kong removals service includes the following steps:
1) A home or video survey to provide you with an accurate quote or removal estimate.
2) A personal Move Coordinator to plan and manage all aspects of your home removal.
3) They will guide you through completing all the necessary paperwork for sea freight shipping, customs clearance and shipment protection.
4) On move day, our movers and packers will take care of all the packing and export wrapping of furniture and other belongings.
5) If you require a full-load container (either 20 ft or 40 ft), the shipping container will be delivered to your property and loaded by the packing crew.
6) For shared or part-load containers, your household goods and personal belongings will be taken in our removals van to one of our depots for loading onto the shipping container as groupage.
7) The container will then be sent by sea freight to Hong Kong.
8) On arrival at the port, our local partner agents will handle the customs process for you. Once your shipment has been cleared and all customs fees and duties paid, it will be released for final delivery.
9) Your belongings will then be delivered to their final destination to your new home address or to storage if required. Our partner, Hong Kong removals service, will then unload your goods and unpack furniture to ensure all your belongings arrive safely.
What about small moves to Hong Kong?
If you are only sending a few personal belongings, such as luggage and boxes, we recommend our baggage or box shipping service.
We can deliver boxes and other packing materials for you to self-pack. Once you are ready, we can collect them and deliver them to your address in Singapore.
Our baggage shipping service for small moves includes up to about 20 boxes or suitcases and can include items such as TVs, bicycles, surfboards and toolboxes.
Often it will be more cost effective for smaller shipments to be sent by our air freight service.
It does not, however, include large items of furniture.
Are there any prohibited and restricted items for Hong Kong I need to be aware of when packing?
As you prepare for your journey to Hong Kong, it’s crucial to be aware of the list of items that Hong Kong restricts or outright prohibits. This will help you pack appropriately and avoid any potential legal issues when transporting your goods abroad with us.
Prohibited & Restricted Items fo Hong Kong
Dangerous Drugs and Psychotropic Substances: Hong Kong has strict laws against the possession, sale, and transport of illegal drugs and psychotropic substances.
Arms, Ammunition, and Weapons: These items are strictly controlled, and you will need special permission to bring them into Hong Kong.
Fireworks: Fireworks are considered dangerous goods and are not allowed.
Rough Diamonds: The import and export of rough diamonds are regulated under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme.
Endangered Species: Any items made from endangered species are off-limits. This includes certain animals and plants.
Telecommunication Equipment: Certain types of telecommunication equipment may require a license to bring into Hong Kong.
Game, Meat, Poultry, Eggs, and Powdered Formula: These food items are subject to strict controls to prevent the spread of diseases.
Controlled Chemicals: Some chemicals are controlled and may require a permit or license.
Antibiotics: If you’re bringing in antibiotics, you might need a permit or written authorization.
For the full list of what you can and can’t bring into Hong Kong, head over to the official Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department website.
Do you provide an air freight service to Hong Kong?
If you only have a small number of personal effects to send to Hong Kong, then our air freight removal service is for you. We can provide you with boxes and cartons, or you can use your own bags and suitcases. This is the quickest removal service but also the most expensive. Many people, therefore, use a combination of both air freight and sea freight shipping services.
What if I have other questions about removals to Hong Kong?
You can check out our more detailed Hong Kong, China International Removals Guide below or why not call one of our advisers on 01942 557102?
They will be happy to answer all of your questions, give you some guideline prices and arrange a home survey consultation to provide a more accurate price.
We move hundreds of people and families to Hong Kong every year…
No matter where in the UK you are moving from and where in Hong Kong you are moving to, we are to help and provide a friendly, personal removals service.
Popular Hong Kong Destinations Include:
- Hong Kong Island including Central, Victoria, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, Chai Wan as well as Aberdeen, repulse bay and Stanley.
- Kowloon City and the Kowloon Peninsula including Tsim Sha Tsui, Mong Kok and Sham Shui Po.
- The New Territories including Tai Po, Sai Kung Tuen Mun, Sha Tin, Kwai Tsing District, Tsuen Wan and Yuen Long.
- The Outlying Islands including Lantau, Lamma, Cheung Chau and Chek Lap Kok for Hong Kong International Airport.
Essential tips to make removals to Hong Kong, China easier and stress free
If you have not undertaken an international removal before then it can be daunting. There are a lot of things to consider. Our guide below gives you a quick overview of what you need to know about overseas removals from the UK to Singapore.
However, remember, your United Removals Move Coordinator will guide you step by step through the process and take care of the details for you.
Planning your move – Start early!
When it comes to any house move, planning and preparation are the most important things you should consider, and this is particularly important when you are moving overseas.
The best advice we can give you regarding removals to Hong Kong and China is to start planning everything early. Do not leave everything until the last minute; otherwise, you could find that you have forgotten something important.
We recommend you begin by booking your initial free home survey with us at least 3-6 months before moving. Whilst we do our best to accommodate last-minute and urgent moves, your relocation will be much smoother and stress free if you have time to prepare in advance.
Get quotes from about three specialist international removal companies
We recommend getting a few quotes for your move so you can compare the different styles of companies and ensure you are happy with their service. Make sure, however, that you are comparing like with like. For example, are the volumes the same? Is everything included?
Also, overseas removals are very different to domestic moves. It is therefore essential to ensure that your removalist is experienced, if not specialising in international moves.
We are confident that you’ll find your quote from United Removals to be very competitive and can be assured that standards of service are second to none.
Find the right balance of what to take and what to leave behind
In recent years, shipping costs have increased, so you may want to keep this in mind when you consider what you want to take with you to Hong Kong and what you can leave behind. However, it isn’t all bad news; remember, it becomes relatively cheaper as you ship more.
You need to think about the cost involved in replacing some of your items in Hong Kong if you are not sure about shipping them. Even when they are only small items, this cost can soon add up, particularly if there are a lot of belongings.
Research the cost of replacement items as some things are more expensive, and some may not even be available – it may turn out that shipping them may be more economical in the long run.
Storage services for your household goods in UK or Hong Kong
Will you need storage in the UK or Hong Kong?
Moving from one location in the UK to another is rarely the smooth process that people hope for, so it goes without saying that when you move to another country, the entire process can become a little trickier.
Often people find that they have a period of time once they have sold their property and before they move when they need to place their belongings in storage, which we can help you with.
We have several storage solutions depending on your needs. We can arrange storage for your personal effects in the UK before they are shipped or in Hong Kong after they arrive – whichever suits your situation.
If the issue is that you do not have a fixed address in Hong Kong to ship your belongings to, then we can arrange for your household goods and personal effects to be placed in storage in Hong Kong whilst you sort out accommodation.
Once you have a property ready, our local movers can arrange delivery of your belongings from storage to anywhere in China or HK.
Packing for your move to Hong Kong
Your belongings must be appropriately packed for shipping to Hong Kong. The journey is lengthy, and they will be moved from one form of transport to another more than once.
This means that there is a chance that items could move within your shipping container, and if they are not adequately protected, then they could become damaged.
A high standard of export packing is, therefore, essential, so it is recommended that you use a professional packing service. This will also save you a lot of time and stress.
Our team of professional packers are expertly trained to deal with all the issues encountered with export wrapping. The boxes that we use to transport all of your smaller items are double-walled, and we also ensure that all of your furniture is export wrapped to ensure that it arrives in good condition at your destination.
For those delicate and fragile items, such as artwork and antiques, we can arrange specialist packing to offer better protection to your articles. This includes custom-built crates.
Our expert packing team is here to help you with as little or as much of your packing process as you want. We offer all of our customers the following packing services:
- Full international export standard packing & wrap service
- Fully trained export packers
- Provision of export quality boxes, cartons, packing paper & packing materials
- Custom wood casing/crates, if required
- Professional antique wrapping for delicate items
- Advice on preparing your items for transport to Hong Kong
- Premium grade disinfectant available for outdoor items
- Complete inventory list for customs
You may wish to start packing some boxes before your move day. Speak to our team about using export quality cartons and remember you’ll need to keep an inventory of items for customs.
Preparing your items for removal and shipping
You will need to ensure all your belongings are clean and in condition before they are packed. It is also essential that they are dry to avoid mildew and mould forming on the long journey.
Take time to consider what items to take and what delicate and valuable need extra care when packing.
Shipping furniture to Hong Kong
Our international removals service is perfect for shipping your furniture to Hong Kong from the UK.
For furniture removals, every item is carefully packed or ‘export wrapped’ using packing materials such as blanket wrap. All furniture pieces, including sofas, armchairs, beds, tables and cupboards, can be packed and shipped in a container.
As large items are bulky, you consider which are cost effective to send. For example, most houses and apartments in Singapore have built-in wardrobes, so shipping these might not be worthwhile.
Arranging collection and shipping from Self-storage in the UK
You may wish to put your belongings in self-storage units whilst you are selling your property or waiting for your visa to come through.
Shipping your belongings to Singapore from storage is a simple process. If your household belongings and furniture are in self-storage units in the UK, our team can arrange to collect them and professionally pack them for shipping either at the self-storage unit or back at our depot.
If you wish to pre-pack yourself, please ensure you have appropriate international shipping cartons/boxes and that everything is carefully wrapped and packed for its journey.
Customs clearance and inspection
Many of our customers worry about customs clearance for all of their belongings when they arrive in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). This is something that we can help you with. However, you may find the following helpful information when planning your move.
For details of duty free importation of household goods and personal effects contact HK customs or speak to your Move Coordinator.
Customs regulations and duties are subject to change, so it can be a good idea to check for the most up-to-date guidelines and information. You can check the FIDI Customs Guide here.
For your shipping container to be released, you will need to pay any customs duties, inspection fees, and also any other charges. These will be payable locally. Our agents in Hong Kong will be able to assist you with the customs clearance process.
The personal Move Coordinator who is assigned to you when you choose us to assist with your removal will be able to advise you with information regarding what you can and can’t take to Hong Kong and how you can prepare and clean your items for shipping. If you prefer, our expert packers can help you with this.
This information is essential as it can help minimise customs inspection and quarantine fees that the Hong Kong Customs Service may change.
Insurance and shipping protection
United International Removals take great care to ensure your belongings are well-packed and taken care of during their journey. We only use accredited shipping lines and partners to ensure the highest levels of service.
However, due to the nature of international shipping and removals, it is recommended that you take out your own maritime insurance policy or shipment protection cover for complete peace of mind. Just like when you mail a parcel overseas, the shipping company cannot cover the full value of your goods in the unlikely event of something going missing or being broken.
We can offer and recommend Shipment Protection Cover that is highly flexible and will offer you lots of advantages.
This cover is simple and easy to put in place. All that is required is the completion of a shipment protection valuation form detailing the items that need to be covered and their value.
The shipment protection costs are calculated on the value that you want to cover and are based on whether you have packed the items or they have been packed professionally.
Shipping cars and other motor vehicles with your removal
It is possible to ship your car or other vehicles in a 40 ft container alongside your house contents.
However, Hong Kong does have strict import criteria for cars so speak to our team to ensure that importing your vehicle is feasible and cost effective. All vehicles are subject to strict regulatory
inspections and high first registration taxes.
Some paperwork will be required but we can help you ensure it is all completed correctly and our agents will take care of customs clearance for you.
Relocating can be a daunting task, especially when you’re shifting to an entirely different country like China and Hong Kong. The added complications of finding a new abode, seeking out a job, and identifying the most suitable neighbourhoods can make the move feel overwhelming. Even though we can’t assist you physically, we’ve prepared a compact guide to provide you with useful tips.
Where to move to in Hong Kong?
Hong Kong is an enticing hub of dynamic neighbourhoods that offer an array of experiences. It’s famed for its lively urban scene, stunning skyline, intriguing blend of Eastern and Western cultures, and robust job market. What’s more, wherever you decide to settle, United is at your service. Our comprehensive moving service covers the UK and can transport you to any district in this vibrant city!
Let’s enrich the discussion by diving into the distinct facets of some prominent regions:
- Central and Western District: This bustling financial hub, known for its iconic skyline studded with skyscrapers, promises an energetic city life. You’ll find an array of opportunities in finance, business and service sectors. Beyond work, the district is rich in cultural heritage and offers a wide range of dining, shopping, and entertainment venues.
- Wan Chai District: Wan Chai is a dynamic blend of the old and new. It hosts the renowned Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and a wide array of restaurants, bars, and shops. The district also embraces its traditional side with historic buildings and local markets.
- Kowloon City District: Famous for its diverse culinary scene, Kowloon City offers a taste of authentic Hong Kong with its local markets and historic sites. The district’s laid-back lifestyle and comparatively lower living costs make it a popular choice among families and expats.
- Yau Tsim Mong District: A bustling shopping and tourism hub, Yau Tsim Mong is known for its vibrant nightlife, trendy boutiques, and the famed Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront offering panoramic views of Victoria Harbour.
- Sha Tin District: Nestled in the New Territories, Sha Tin provides a serene alternative to the city’s hustle. It’s popular for its lush green parks, recreational facilities, and bustling shopping malls, making it a comfortable living space for families.
- Islands District: For those seeking tranquillity, the Islands District offers a relaxed lifestyle away from city rush. It’s known for its beach communities, hiking trails, and outdoor attractions, perfect for nature and adventure enthusiasts.
If you’re looking to move elsewhere in China, these are some of the most popular areas:
- Shanghai: China’s most populous city, Shanghai, is a powerhouse of finance and commerce.
- Beijing: The Chinese capital, Beijing, is a hub of political influence, rich culture, and high-tier education.
- Chongqing: Known for its fast-paced urban development, Chongqing is a burgeoning municipality in Southwest China.
- Guangzhou: A vital city in southern China, Guangzhou, is a nexus of trade, manufacturing, and finance.
- Shenzhen: Neighbouring Hong Kong, Shenzhen has evolved from a humble fishing village into a global tech and innovation centre.
- Tianjin: A coastal city near Beijing, Tianjin is a significant seaport and industrial hub.
- Wuhan: Located in central China, Wuhan is a key educational, industrial, and transportation centre.
Buying and renting property in Hong Kong
Venturing into the property market of Hong Kong might seem overwhelming, especially for those who are new to the city’s real estate dynamics. The cost of properties can fluctuate significantly based on their location and category, with metropolitan zones generally commanding premium prices. Yet, considering residential districts in the outskirts or less populated regions could reveal more budget-friendly and attractive living spaces.
For this reason, most expats and people returning to HK choose to rent or lease at least in the short term.
The disparity in property prices across Hong Kong is quite pronounced. Districts like Central and The Peak are renowned for their high-end real estate markets, where average property prices often exceed HKD 20 million. On the other hand, more economical choices are available in areas like New Territories or certain parts of Kowloon, where average property prices hover around HKD 6 million to HKD 8 million.
Navigating the intricacies of buying property in a foreign land can be challenging, underscoring the importance of a proficient local property consultant. They can assist you in understanding the unique characteristics of the Hong Kong real estate market, including the purchase procedures and legal obligations.
It might be beneficial to lease a property when you first land in Hong Kong. This strategy allows you to get acquainted with various communities and select a locality that aligns with your lifestyle preferences before making a permanent investment. We can move all of your belongings to any place you like, whether bought or rented, in the city or in the countryside.
Relocating your pets
If you’re considering relocating to Hong Kong and wish to bring your cherished pet along, it’s essential to understand and follow the local regulations. This will ensure a smooth transition for both you and your pet.
Before your pet can join you in Hong Kong, you’ll need to secure a Special Permit, which comes with a specified fee. This permit is a prerequisite for bringing any pet into Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, it’s mandatory to have a license for dogs that are over 5 months old. To comply with this law, you should visit a licensing centre of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD). The process is straightforward and quick, typically taking about 15 minutes. There’s no need to book an appointment in advance. While you’re there, you can also get your dog vaccinated and microchipped. Find out more commonly asked questions here.
When it comes to transporting your pet, ensure you have a suitable pet carrier that meets the airline’s standards. It’s a good idea to let your pet get used to the carrier well ahead of the journey. Some pet owners also consider using mild sedatives to make the trip more comfortable for their pets.
Remember, the authorities have the power to deny entry to any animal that doesn’t meet Hong Kong’s sanitary requirements. By following these guidelines, you can ensure a safe and seamless journey for your pet to their new home in Hong Kong.
Looking for a job in Hong Kong, China
Embarking on a career journey in Hong Kong offers a dynamic platform for professional advancement and an exceptional standard of living. With its robust and multifaceted economy, individuals can delve into a myriad of sectors and industries that resonate with their expertise and passions. The city’s dedication to maintaining equilibrium between work and personal life, attractive remuneration, and access to social amenities contribute to a fulfilling work experience.
Hong Kong’s cosmopolitan work culture encourages teamwork and a vibrant exchange of perspectives. With its focus on education and skill enhancement, individuals are provided with opportunities to augment their credentials and excel in their preferred professions. The city’s dedication to diversity and inclusivity cultivates a congenial and accepting work atmosphere for professionals hailing from diverse backgrounds.
Online resources such as the Hong Kong Government’s Interactive Employment Service can offer valuable information on job openings, salary scales, and employment market trends.
Visas for moving to Hong Kong
Setting your sights on Hong Kong for employment opens up a world of possibilities for UK citizens planning to relocate with a permanent visa. Explore the myriad pathways available here. Hong Kong, with its dynamic and multifaceted economy, presents a wealth of career progression possibilities in fields like fintech, healthcare, logistics, and hospitality.
The region’s focus on maintaining equilibrium between professional and personal life, along with attractive remuneration packages and comprehensive healthcare services, guarantees a superior lifestyle for newcomers.
Securing an employment visa or right of abode in Hong Kong is a crucial step for UK citizens intending to work in the region. Hong Kong provides a range of visa schemes tailored to various skills and experiences, such as the General Employment Policy and Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals, paving the way for long-term residency. The historical connection and common legal system between Hong Kong and the UK facilitate a smoother transition for British workers.
Furthermore, Hong Kong’s stunning skyline, pristine nature parks, and high safety standards attract UK individuals and families seeking an exceptional quality of life. The region’s dedication to lifelong learning and talent cultivation offers abundant prospects for career enhancement and progression. In essence, working in Hong Kong as a UK migrant presents the opportunity for a rewarding lifestyle, bright career future, and a vibrant, welcoming community.
Transferring money to Hong Kong
When it comes to transferring money to Hong Kong, there are no specific limits imposed. However, for significant amounts, it is advisable to seek guidance from a financial advisor or a specialist in foreign currency exchange. Their expertise can assist you in navigating the intricacies of exchange rates and ensuring a smooth transaction process while avoiding potential challenges.
If you’re planning to relocate to Hong Kong, our team of experts is here to provide comprehensive support in planning and executing your move. From meticulous packing to secure transportation, we are committed to handling every stage of your relocation with utmost care and precision. Our goal is to ensure a seamless transition and make your relocation to Hong Kong as stress-free as possible. Trust us to manage all aspects of your move, allowing you to focus on settling into your new home with ease.
New to moving overseas? Why not contact us for a no-obligation chat?
Moving overseas can be challenging and complex, especially in these challenging times. A lot of things have changed for both overseas and European moves.
Our experienced advisers and Move Co-Ordinators handle international moves every day – all over the world. They will be happy to talk to you about your move, explain all the processes, answer all your questions and put your mind at ease!