International Shipping Services to China
If you are shipping to China, contact us for a free, no obligation pre-move survey where an International Consultant will explain shipping options, transit times and other details to you as well as assessing the volume of your shipment. Both sea and air freight options are available. In addition, please be advised of the following customs information.
In most cases, you will need an Import Permit to import your household goods shipment into China. To apply for this, you will need to provide documentation and other paperwork requested by the Customs Authorities in China (such as residence permit, passport among other documents). A full list of the required documentation will be provided with your quotation and by your Move Manager.
Different regulations apply for other types of shipment such as diplomatic removals, returning Chinese citizens and other categories of personnel. Your Move Manager will be able to provide specific advice where required.
For air freight shipments to China (applicable for airports of entry Shanghai, Beijing and Nanjing) we strongly advise not to include the following items: food, alcohol, cosmetics, toiletries and health items / products.
Inventory / Packing Lists
It is very important when shipping to China that the packing list / inventory descriptions are accurate, otherwise additional intensive inspection will be conducted by Chinese Customs.
For shipments to China, John Mason International will complete the packing and packing list on your behalf. If you have selected an option to pack your own personal and household effects, you will need to make sure that all descriptions are accurate and specific.
Shipping Household Goods to Shanghai
100% of sea freight household goods shipments inbound to China are physically inspected and x-rayed. A quarantine inspection will take place at this stage also with the focus being mainly on wood and foodstuffs.
We recommend that foodstuffs and alcohol are not included in your shipment to Shanghai as it could cause potential delays to shipments and possible additional charges or the destruction of the items.
Please note that regulations can change on a regular basis so please contact us if you require further information regarding your move to China. A full Customs Guide to China is available upon request.