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Import/Export

United Kingdom to Hong Kong

Country or Territory Regulations Topics:

Import Documentation

To enable clearance for CITES shipments, please ensure CITES Certificate is forwarded by Express service (or NDA) to Hong Kong Brokerage office. It is also better to pre-alert the brokerage team (UPSHKGBROKERAGE@ups.com).

UPS Hong Kong - Brokerage

Room ZN09, 1/F., Express Center

Super Terminal One,Hong Kong International Airport

Attn: Import Brokerage

For charges made for Export Shipments from United Kingdom to the destination country or territory, please refer to Brokerage Services and Charges-Export Shipments with United Kingdom as the destination.

Driving Licenses

Valid Driving Licenses can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'driving license'. Shipping driving licenses require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if driving licenses are allowed for importation.

Mobile phones to all destinations from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.

Goods under IATA Special Provisions A67 require a MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet).

It is not required for all, however shipments can be held by local authority in United Arab Emirates after screening due to lack of MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) or NON DG (Dangerous Goods) declaration letter from the shipper resulting to misconnections and impacting end-to-end service.

It would be advisable for all shipments originating, transiting and terminating for UAE to have MSDS or NON DG declaration from shipper enclosed in the shipment and copies to be uploaded in IDIS.

Packing list is not mandatory required.
The following commodities require an Import License:

  • Strategic Commodities (I.E. computer related equipment and software that are used in any activity related to nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, or missiles capable of delivering these weapons)
  • Reserved Commodity (control of import, export and reserve stocks) regulations are as follows:
    1. Frozen or chilled beef, mutton and pork, including veal, lamb and all offal.
    2. Frozen poultry
  • Agricultural pesticides
  • Pharmaceutical products and medicines

Textile shipments do not require a license or notification.

Import Permits are required and the consignee must self arrange duty payments for the following:

  • Hydrocarbon
  • Medicine
Export procedure ex United Kingdom

A formal electronic export declaration must be sent to customs authorities by the exporter or their representative. Customs authorities grant the release for export and issue an Export Accompanying Document (EAD) with a unique Movement Reference Number (MRN). UPS operated simplified procedures allowing export formalities to be completed upto 14 days after export.

Informal Declarations
An informal declaration is possible for shipments up to a national threshold. The informal declaration is based on the invoice value and is restricted to shipments not subject to prohibitions and restrictions (for example, embargo regulations) or special export procedures (for example, temporary export). The informal clearance will be done by UPS at the point of exit.

National Requirements
Shipments up to a value of 873.00 GBP can be declared informally on the basis of the invoice.

The EORI (European Union Registration and Identification) number needs to be included with the Invoice for any shipment with value exceeding 873.00 GBP. The EORI number can be obtained by the shipper using website link: www.gov.uk/EORI

UPS service
UPS offers the service to prepare export declarations on behalf of the exporter without additional fees.

Export Documentation

Valid passports can be shipped as documents. The description must clearly state 'passport'. Shipping passports require the approval of the UK customs authorities. A delay of minimum one day has to be calculated.

Please check the import related information if passports are allowed for importation.

Clearance Information

In order to expedite the clearance process, the shipper must include complete details when declaring the contents of the shipment. Incomplete descriptions, such as “spare parts” or “samples,” will cause Customs to hold the shipment.
Credit card payments are accepted upon delivery for freight and import charges by this destination. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the destination country or territory to determine which credit cards are accepted.

Restrictions may apply for freight collect shipments from the origin country or territory. Contact UPS or the UPS service partner in the origin country or territory prior to shipping.

UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Areas Served

Service is provided to and from every address in the country or territory.
UPS cannot deliver to a P.O. Box address. All packages require a consignee's contact name and complete street address including apartment, suite or unit number if applicable. The consignee's telephone number should be provided if known.

Sunday, and official holidays.
Spring +0800/ Fall +0800
Chinese
Hong Kong Dollar(HKD)

Billing Options

  • Shipping charges can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing the receiver, either the shipper or receiver's account number is required.
  • When billing to a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • Duties and taxes can be billed to the shipper, receiver or a third party.
  • When billing a third party, the third party's name, country or territory and account number are required.
  • If the duties and taxes are billed to an account outside of the destination country or territory, a "Duty and Tax Forwarding" surcharge will be applied.
  • Please note the following third party billing exceptions:
    • Shipments to and from the same country or territory (domestic shipments) cannot be billed to third party payors in other countries or territories. For example, shipments from Mexico to Mexico or Canada to Canada cannot be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. This rule does not apply to UPS domestic services in European Union countries or territories. For example, shipments from Germany to Germany can be billed to a third party payor in the U.S. (as long as the payor is a business and has a VAT or Tax/EIN ID on file with UPS).
  • When paying by credit card, check, or cash, only the shipper can be billed the shipping charges

Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Hong Kong. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Shipments of animal skins require a Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) certificate. CITES must be endorsed by origin customs authority.

See Additional Import Documentation: CITES Certificate for more information.

Bank Cards which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
An invoice is required on all shipments containing a CD-Rom/Disk. Invoice should indicate the value of the Recording Media (eg. CDR/DVD) & the Intellectual/statistical value of the software/data separately
The type of leather (e.g. leather cowhide boots) must be indicated on the invoice. A Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) certificate is required from the shipper.

American Ginseng
Exports from United States and Canada Only require a Export Permit/CITES Certificate for any American Ginseng imported into Hong Kong. The Export Permit/CITES Certificate is required to prove that the product originated from farm-cultivation and its exportation is therefore not detrimental to the survival of the species. This regulation applies to all purposes of import (commercial, individual, gift, samples, etc.).

Sandal wood
Import or transit of sandal wood shipments require CITES certificate for clearance.

Passports which are requested to be sent out of the United Kingdom should be declared for referral to HMRC and await their approval to send.
Shipments of pharmaceuticals require an import permit from the Health Department of Hong Kong.
Shipments of samples must have the full description listed on the invoice. Shipments without clear descriptions are subject to a customs inspection.
Shipments of satellite equipment require an import permit from the Trade Department of Hong Kong.
Import/ export, transit, transshipment of strategic commodities includes munitions items, chemical and biological weapons, nuclear materials and equipment and dual-use goods must obtain strategic license from HKTID before shipment arrival or departure.
Shipments of telecommunication equipment (e.g. mobile phone or tablet) require an import permit from the Office of the Telecommunications Authority of Hong Kong.

Gift Exemptions

0.00 Hong Kong Dollar HKD
no gift exemption
no gift exemption

Free port usually has no duties.

Invoice Requirements

Non-document shipments to Hong Kong must include 1 original and 2 copies of an invoice.

Consignee's telephone number, if available, should appear on the invoice.

UPS Paperless Invoice is available for small package exports from this country or territory.
UPS Paperless Invoice is accepted by Customs for small package imports into this country or territory.

Items Classified as Documents

The destination country or territory considers the following items document shipments. If criteria are listed, the shipment must meet those criteria to be considered a document shipment.


UPS can recommend which forms you need based on a few simple criteria. Forms can be completed online or printed. See which forms you need.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Hong Kong.

Import of Alcoholic beverages into Hong Kong is permitted via ISC contract service.

Imports of liquor with an alcoholic strength of not more than 30% by volume measured at a temperature of 20C will be duty free.

For alcohol with an alcoholic strength of more than 30% by volume measured at a temperature of 20C, import license/permit is required and 100% duty would be imposed.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.
Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

Shipments of medicine require an Import License.

Viagra and any dangerous drugs shipments consigned to individuals for personal consumption are prohibited and no import license will be issued by the Health Department in Hong Kong.

Please visit the following website for a list of dangerous drugs:

http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/eps/root/en/pharmaceutical_trade/search_drug_database.html

Electronic Cigarettes can only be shipped with an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

An import Licence is required.

Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
Hong Kong Law:

https://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_en/04_crime_matters/cpa/cpa_at_01.html

According to Cap 217 《Weapons Ordinance》, Laws of Hong Kong, any person who has possession of any prohibited items commits an offence.

According to Cap 217 《Weapons Ordinance》, Prohibited weapon included:

  • Chinese-style throwing dart
  • Gravity knife
  • Gravity-operated steel baton
  • Knuckleduster whether spiked or not and with or without blade
  • Chinese-style fighting iron
  • Spring-loaded steel baton
  • Any knife the blade of which is exposed by a spring or other mechanical or electric device

Any bladed or pointed weapon designed to be used in a fashion whereby the handle is held in a clenched fist and the blade or point protrudes between the fingers of the fist.

Shipments of medicine require an Import License. Viagra and any dangerous drugs shipments consigned to individuals for personal consumption are prohibited and no import license will be issued by the Health Department in Hong Kong.

Please visit the following website for a list of dangerous drugs: http://www.drugoffice.gov.hk/eps/root/en/pharmaceutical_trade/search_drug_database.html

Mobile phones to all destination countries from United Kingdom can be delayed on export due to security checks from government bodies.
Personal Effects cannot be shipped between these countries or territories
Any form of smokeless tobacco product is prohibited.
Shipment of toy guns require an International Special Commodities (ISC) Contract. In addition, a Shipper Declaration to certify the toys muzzle energy is less than 2 joules is also required.

Saturday Delivery

Saturday Delivery Available: Yes

Not available in all areas. Always check the international time in transit system for details of service availability within a country or territory.

Service Options

Always check Calculate Time and Cost for details of service availability and guarantee information within a country or territory. All Service Levels may not be available to or from every address within a country or territory.

  • UPS Worldwide Expedited
  • UPS Worldwide Express
  • UPS Worldwide Express Plus
  • UPS Worldwide Express Saver
  • UPS WorldWide Express Freight
  • WorldWide Economy DDP
  • WorldWide Economy DDU
  • WorldWide Express Freight Midday

Special Clearance Requirements

Outward Processing Relief (goods exported from the UK for the purpose of repair)

The outward processing relief starts with the export from the UK and will be discharged with the re-importation of the repaired goods. Both steps need to be identified by UPS export or import operation. Repair Goods: Goods requiring Export from the UK for repair Invoice requirements:

  • Statement stating "Goods being sent for repair under Outward Processing Relief" should be clearly marked on the commercial invoice
  • Provide serial number of goods being sent for repair. If the goods are not serialized a statement to this effect must be made on the commercial invoice
  • Exporters authorized to export under OPR must include their authority number on all paperwork
  • Provide correct commercial value of goods as originally paid for not a nominal value for the goods.

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

Repaired goods: Goods being re-exported returned after repair in the UK Invoice requirements:

  • Invoice should clearly state "Goods have been repaired under IPR"
  • Provide either IP authorization number or Import entry details
  • Provide full commercial value of goods plus cost of repair

Failure to provide any of the above information will result in shipments being delayed.

The invoice must include a complete description of the sample.
New requirements have been implemented for both small package and WWEF shipments and are based on the International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures (ISPM) 15, which is entitled "Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material in International Trade". ISPM 15 was adopted internationally in 2002, and is gradually being introduced by countries or territories worldwide. Wood or wood products covered by ISPM 15 include items such as packing cases, boxes, crates, drums or similar packing, pallets, box pallets and other load boards, pallet collars and skids, but exclude such processed woods as orientated strand board, particle board, plywood or veneer, created using glue, heat and pressure or a combinations thereof, and, raw wood which is 6mm or less thick. It is recommended that if a question arises on this issue, please check with the authority that issues the Phytosanitary certificates in your country or territory

Value Limits


Private Shipments

  • 0.00 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.
    Commercial Shipments

  • 0.00 Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
    • All non-document shipments may be assessed duty or tax or both regardless of the shipment value.

    Weight and Size Limits

    70 kg (150 lbs.) per package
    274.00 cm (107.9 in.)  per package
    419.10 cm (165.0 in.)  per package
    Length and girth combined


    Convert metric quantity for weight, length, and area.


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