When you’re moving between the 48th most populous city in the world and a Pacific island inhabited by 167,294 people,i it’s safe to say that your life will undergo some significant changes. If you’re in this position, it’s in your best interest to ensure that the other aspects of your transition are as simple and stress-free as possible. Case in point: moving all of your personal possessions to your new home.
When it comes to shipping household goods internationally, we’ve handled thousands upon thousands of moves for both families and individuals. If you’re transitioning between Guam and Hong Kong, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know. Customs procedures, moving tips, duties, and essential info to help you make a smooth move—you’ll find them all below.
Tips for Moving to Hong Kong from Guam
It’s easy to see the differences between living in Hong Kong and Guam. However, these two destinations do share one similarity: Both regions have been called “cultural melting pots” for their diverse range of influences and ethnicities represented. If you’ve enjoyed exploring the unique history and culture on Guam, you’ll likely find Hong Kong a fascinating place, as well.
Hong Kong’s population is largely Chinese (92%). However, you’ll find a wide range of ethnicities within that other 8%. Filipinos and Indonesians make up nearly half of that group. Finally, a welcoming environment for business and trade have brought many different influences to the city, giving it a cosmopolitan feel with plenty to offer.
Hong Kong Customs Fees: Hong Kong is what’s known as a “free port.” In other words, in the interest of free trade, the government of Hong Kong doesn’t charge tariffs or duties on the import of most goods. However there are a few exceptions:
- Cars, which, as noted above, are subject to high initial registration taxes.
- Four commodities—liquor, tobacco, hydrocarbon oil, and methyl alcohol—that are subject to excise duties.
However, where your household goods and personal effects are concerned, you’ll be able to import them duty-free.
Duty-Free Allowances: If you plan to import alcohol or tobacco, work closely with your moving company to create a detailed inventory list for your shipment to avoid any customs snags. Below, you’ll find the related duty-free allowances:
- Wine, as well as liquor with less than 30% alcohol by volume measured at a temperature of 20° C, is duty-free.
- Alcohol with more than 30% alcohol by volume measured at a temperature of 20° C is charged 100% duties.
Tobacco: Passengers 18+ may bring the following quantities duty-free:
- 10 cigarettes
- 1 cigar (up to 25 grams)
- Up to 25 grams of tobacco
Prohibited/Restricted Items: Every international destination has its own set of prohibited and restricted items. Review this list carefully so you can reduce the possibility of customs issues in Hong Kong.
Documents Needed for Your Move to Hong Kong:
- A copy of the identification pages of your passport
- Original bill of lading (OBL) or air waybill (AWB)
- Detailed inventory
- Full Hong Kong contact details for the owner of the shipment
For more information about customs rules and procedures, reach out to your moving company or refer to the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department website. One of our international move experts would also be happy to help! Just reach out, and we’ll help you get the information you’re looking for.
Now, let’s talk about the reverse journey: leaving Hong Kong to head to Guam.