Everything you need to know for shipping to Hong Kong from the UK including how to get an instant shipping cost quote online.

If you are planning to ship personal effects or household goods to Hong Kong you’re in the right place.

No matter whether you’re a UK migrant shipping your whole house contents or a Hong Kong expat returning home with a few boxes, we at PSS can take care of the whole process for you.

PSS has been shipping to Hong Kong and China from the UK for over 40 years. After all this time of coordinating international shipments, our priorities remain the same: to provide you with exceptional service and affordable shipping costs from the UK to Hong Kong.

Our overseas shipping to Hong Kong service is intended to make your transition to life in Hong Kong as stress-free as possible. No matter whether you are just shipping a few boxes or your whole household contents and car, our expert teams fully organise your UK to Hong Kong shipment, including customs clearance and assistance with documentation.

We ship from all areas of the UK to everywhere in Hong Kong including including Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories and the Outlying Islands.

Shipping your belongings to Hong Kong is easy with PSS

Home Survey or Quote

Get an online quote in 60 seconds or book a FREE home survey.

Help and Advice

Your dedicated Account Manager can help answer your questions and tailor your shipping requirements.

Quick and easy collection and shipping

Whether you are shipping boxes or furniture, choose either our self-packing or  professional packing service.

Customs clearance & delivery to your new home

On arrival our agents will take care of customs clearance and deliver to your door.

“Why choose PSS International in 2024?”

  • Free home or video survey
  • Independent, family run business with 40 years of experience
  • We only handle overseas removals & international shipping
  • Members of BAR Overseas Group
  • Protection by the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme
  • FIDI Global Alliance (Worldwide Moving Association)
  • FAIM Accredited (Removal Quality Assurance Standard)
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Shipping to Hong Kong from the UK

From the second you alert us to your interest, you are assigned a move coordinator to manage your UK to Hong Kong shipping from pre-home survey through to unloading of your moving boxes.

Our experience as the UK’s leading personal shipping service means we know what it takes to move the belongings of families, expats, travellers and students to Hong Kong and can make the whole process as smooth and stress-free as possible.

We serve every area, so no matter where you’re heading in Hong Kong, we’ll ensure your belongings arrive safely.

What does our international shipping service to Hong Kong include?

  • Door to door shipping service
  • Free home/video survey
  • Part or full load container service
  • Dedicated Move Manager
  • Help with documentation
  • Export quality packing materials
  • Choice of self-pack or professional packing service
  • Advice on customs requirements
  • Use of recognised accredited shipping lines
  • Customs clearance
  • Storage in UK or Hong Kong if required

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Shipping to Hong Kong cost calculator

Want to know how it will cost to move house to Hong Kong? Our free online shipping to Hong Kong cost calculator will help you calculate the volume of household goods you want to ship and provide you with an estimate of the cost.

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The Ultimate Guide to Shipping to Hong Kong

Below are answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about shipping to Hong Kong.

How Long Does Shipping From UK to Hong Kong Take?

UK to Hong Kong Shipping Times

Sea Freight Full Container Sea Freight Shared Container Air Freight
Average Shipping Times 6-8 weeks 8-12 weeks 7-10 days

When shipping your personal belongings to Hong Kong the transit time between shipping in the UK and arrival at your new destination will be approximately 6-8 weeks for full container shipments and 8-10 weeks for part load / shared shipments.

NB: These are approximate sea freight shipping times to ports in Hong Kong only. You will need to allow additional time for customs clearance and final delivery to your destination.

Shipping times to Hong Kong can vary. Shipping groupage in a shared container takes longer than shipping a full container load as different customers shipments need to be consolidated to fill one container.

How Long Does Air Freight Shipping to Hong Kong take from the UK?

For sending excess baggage or boxes to Hong Kong by air freight allow approximately 7 – 10 days.

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How Much Does Shipping to Hong Kong Cost from the UK in 2024?

PSS’ shipping estimates to Hong Kong from the UK are based upon the best shipping method for sending goods to Hong Kong.

As we have large numbers of customers shipping belongings to Hong Kong and China every year, we are able to offer very competitive shipping rates.

Although the cheapest way to ship to Hong Kong is using part-load container shipping, you should consider that many items are more expensive in Hong Kong. Also when you add up the cost of replacing all your smaller items it is often cheaper to ship a higher volume of goods.

We calculate part-load shipping rates from the UK to Hong Kong using the combined dimensions of your consignment and the area they take up within the container.

For larger moves using sole-use container shipping, your freight costs to Hong Kong are determined by which size shipping container you use – 20ft or 40ft.

Cost of air freight shipping to Hong Kong

When customers need their items sending to Hong Kong urgently, we can provide air freight services. Air freight is our fastest shipping option and for smaller quantities, it can be surprisingly cost effective. We base air freight quotes on the weight and volume of your goods, so for consignments of more than a couple of boxes, our sea freight shipping options may be cheaper.

However, sometimes the cheapest way to ship your belongings to Hong Kong is actually by air freight – especially for inland and remoter regions. This is because sea shipments may need to be off loaded and transported to your final destination by road freight

PSS’s trained Move Managers will therefore find you the cheapest, most economical and fastest way to ship your goods.

Cheapest shipping quotes to Hong Kong

We always aim to provide you with the cheapest shipping cost to Hong Kong. We are able to offer cheap shipping due to the volume we ship and the number of customers we help move to Hong Kong.

If you receive a much cheaper quote, check carefully that they include a full door to door service and if any costs are excluded. Beware that some cheap quotes only include the cost of shipping to the nearest container port which can be a long way from your destination!

Also ensure that they are a fully accredited shipping company with FIDI or BAR Overseas in order to get the best price and service.

Get an accurate price for shipping to Hong Kong

The surest way to receive an accurate shipping quote is through a free home survey. Our home surveys are intended to provide customers with a clear-cut and detailed shipping quote from the UK to Hong Kong before they agree to anything.

What size Shipping Container do I need for Hong Kong?

Whether your load requires full or shared container shipping to Hong Kong depends on the quantity or combined dimensions of your items.

Shared Shipping Containers to Hong Kong (Groupage)

For small moves, we load items into a shared shipping container from the UK to Hong Kong alongside the boxes of other PSS customers, this is also known as our groupage service. Sometimes this can be referred to as part-load container shipping (Or LCL – Less than Container Load)

“Our groupage service is a quick and easy way to send a single box of clothing or personal goods and sports equipment, smaller items of furniture, or household contents from a single room up to a small flat. You only need to pay for the space you use.

Full-Load Container Shipping from the UK to Hong Kong

If you have a larger load to send to Hong Kong, our Full Container Load (FCL) shipping option is advantageous, also known as sole-use container shipping to Hong Kong.

If you are sending a large family home of furniture and personal items, PSS can provide a 20ft or 40ft shipping container intended for your sole use.

The cost of container shipping to Hong Kong from the UK depends on the chosen size of the shipping container. Our 20ft and 40ft shipping containers have plenty of space, and it is up to you how you fill that container.

A standard 20ft shipping container is large enough for the contents of the average three bedroom house.

A 40ft shipping container is usually big enough to fit the contents of a 4 bedroom house and car.

The quoted cost includes a full, professional packing service.

Another advantage of having your own sole use shipping container is that it leave immediately on the next available ship bound for Hong Kong. No waiting around for other customers to fill the container.

Do I Need Maritime Shipping Insurance or Shipment Protection Cover to Hong Kong?

It is highly advisable to take out maritime shipping insurance or shipment protection cover before you ship your personal effects or household goods to Hong Kong.

Although it is doubtful to experience problems when shipping items from the UK to Hong Kong, it is still wise to have shipment protection cover when sending goods overseas, especially for items of significant financial value.

PSS International offers very flexible Shipment Protection Plans. You can cover your whole shipment or choose the individual items you wish to cover.

Your PSS Move Manager can explain the different options available and guide you through completing the Shipment Protection Valuation form.

Customs Guide for shipping personal effects to Hong Kong

When your shipment arrives in Hong Kong we will handle the customs clearance procedure on your behalf, please keep in mind that goods arriving into Hong Kong are subject to an examination fee upon arrival.

We generally start this process as quickly and as early as we can, rest assured that we will keep you updated every step of the way to ensure that prior to your arrival we have all the relevant documentation and contact details required

If you are transporting alcohol, new goods it is important that you declare these in advance to avoid delays. A list will need to be submitted listing every bottle of alcohol as well as the size, type and strength

Firearms will be ceased for inspection and provided you have the valid certificate and the origin de-registration certificate or confirmation your firearm will be returned to you.

A summary of tax relief qualification is below. For more details visit Hong Kong customs.

Duty free entry for shipping goods and personal effects

Duty Free entry if you qualify with the below:

  • Shipper is the owner
  • Owned and used for 6 months plus

What Can/Can't I Ship to Hong Kong?

Import approval is required for importing some items of food, plants, vehicles and Alcohol (no tax free allowance)

To transport alcohol you will be requested to supply a list of all alcohol, listing the quantity, size and type of alcohol.

Goods entering Hong Kong are subject to a full physical examination. The Ministry of Agriculture may also wish to inspect some items

Firearms will require a valid certificate and a copy of the de-registration certificate from the country of origin

Restricted goods:

  • Alcohol / Wine: Subject to payment of duties.
  • Non-perishable food items, packed in cans or other durable packaging, may be imported in small amounts for personal use.

An import Licence is required for:

  • Plants, Vegetable products
  • Dogs, cats, birds
  • Certain feathers furs, skins, tusks, etc. of animals coming under the Protected Species Regulations

Prohibited goods:

  • Explosives, fireworks, clasp-knives.

More information on prohibited and controlled goods is available on the Hong Kong customs website here.

Delivery to your address in Hong Kong?

  • Once your goods have been released by Hong Kong customs we will contact you to arrange a suitable delivery day.
  • Once we have received clearance of your goods we will either deliver your sea freight container directly to your new home or it will be delivered in a separate vehicle. This all depends on the type of shipment you are sending. Our unloading crew will place your items in the rooms of your choice and unwrap and remove the packing material from your furniture.

What type of shipping company should I use?

When exporting sentimental items or expensive furniture overseas, you need to have full confidence in the international shipping company you choose. There are a few pointers to look for that can help determine the best global shipping companies to Hong Kong.

Accreditations and associations are the best indicators of how trusted a company is within the industry and how safe their services are. PSS’ continued efforts and dedication to shipping to Hong Kong from the UK is echoed in our memberships and achievements:

  • FAIM Accredited – the only globally recognised independent quality assurance standard for the international moving industry.
  • FIDI Global Alliance Members – providing customers with the same superior standards in Hong Kong as in the UK.
  • British Association of Removers Members – the leading British quality standard and ensures customers financial protection with the BAR Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme.
  • Movers Traders Club (MTC) – Members of this organisation join together to negotiate the best service and shipping rates with leading international shipping companies. Members are therefore able to offer lower shipping rates to customers.

PSS International Shipping Services to Hong Kong

We offer a full menu of shipping options to Hong Kong, whether you are sending personal items, furniture, extra boxes, pets or vehicles, our Hong Kong movers have a solution ready and waiting for you:

Shipping Personal Effects to Hong Kong from the UK

Shipping personal effects from the UK to Hong Kong is simple with PSS. We send personal items to Hong Kong for countless customers each year, from clothing and shoes, makeup and toiletries, to sports equipment, tech, musical instruments and more, your shipping options are limitless.

Shipping Furniture and Household Goods to Hong Kong

Shipping household goods to Hong Kong is a PSS speciality. Using our freight services and industry expertise, PSS can ship furniture of any weight, dimensions and any quantities from the UK to destinations across Hong Kong.

Our team of experienced international packers will ensure your items are carefully export wrapped and packed for their journey.

The best way to get started for our international furniture shipping service is to book a free home or video survey so we can give you an accurate quote.

Shipping Excess Baggage & Unaccompanied Luggage from the UK to Hong Kong

Using PSS to ship boxes, luggage, suitcases and excess baggage to Hong Kong cuts out the extortionate charges issued by airline carriers and makes your journey to Hong Kong more manageable by reducing the amount of luggage you have to carry.

We can supply you with a variety of box sizes or you can use your own bags/suitcases.

Whether you have one box, two suitcases or ten loads of excess baggage, our baggage shipping to Hong Kong is an ideal service!

Shipping Boxes to Hong Kong from UK

If you only have small items to ship to Hong Kong, we recommend our box shipping service. Your boxes will be shipped along with those from other customers in a shared container (Groupage) so you only pay for the space you use.

We can supply a variety of box and carton sizes including packing and wrapping materials such as bubble wrap. We also have custom cartons bicycles and can provide custom crates for items such as TVs.

Shipping Cars and Vehicles to Hong Kong

PSS provides a range of shipping options to make car shipping to Hong Kong feasible – regardless of your vehicle. Whether you want to send a car to Hong Kong in a container of its own or alongside personal and household items, our Hong Kong vehicle shipping options make it possible.

In addition to shipping cars we can assist with shipping all kinds of other vehicles to Hong Kong including motorcycles, bikes, caravans, motorhomes and boats.

For more details ore get a quote visit our Hong Kong vehicle shipping page.

Shipping Pets, Dogs and Cats to Hong Kong

Pet shipping to Hong Kong can be daunting for any pet owners and pet relocation is a very specialised service. We, therefore, work with trusted partners for transporting animals from UK to Hong Kong. Whether you want to take your cat or dog to Hong Kong, you can entrust PSS and our partners to relocate them safely.

Shipping Parcels and Small Packages to Hong Kong

For small parcels and packages, it is probably best to use Royal Mail, especially for less than 2kg. For larger or multiple boxes you can save by using a personal shipping service like that from PSS.

Shipping Goods and Freight to Hong Kong

At PSS International we specialise in personal shipping services for people moving or relocating to Hong Kong.

If you wish to ship commercial or non-personal items to Hong Kong then it is best to contact a freight-forwarder.

Express Air Freight and Fast shipping from UK to Hong Kong

If you need to ship items to Hong Kong quickly then we recommend our priority Express Air Freight Service.

This takes about 3 – 10 days and is ideal if you wish to send some boxes or bags of personal belongings to arrive ahead of your household container.

Packing your Items for Shipping to Hong Kong

PSS provides two packing options, the first being a full professional packing service or, if you prefer, you can self-pack with our “You Pack, We Ship” service.

Professional Packing Service

When you opt for our professional overseas packing service, a specialist team will arrive at your home on the day of your move to pack the required items in sturdy packing materials and moving boxes ready for sending to Hong Kong. For furniture we offer a full export wrapping service so that they are well protected.

We can also provide custom made wooden crates and antique wrapping for delicate items.

Our packing teams create an inventory to ensure customs is aware of what you are shipping to Hong Kong.

Self-Pack Service

If you are only sending a small number of items in boxes or suitcases, you can opt to self-pack your belongings in the comfort of your own home. This “You Pack, We Ship” is an increasingly popular option.

We understand the importance of the safe handling and delivery of your goods to Hong Kong, so we can still provide all moving boxes, tea cartons and packing materials such as bubble wrap when you self-pack.

Once you are ready, we’ll pick up your boxes and deliver them to your new home.

Where in Hong Kong do you ship to?

We do door to door shipping to all cities and regions in Hong Kong, China including these and more:

Hong Kong Island

  • Central
  • Mid-levels
  • Aberdeen
  • Wan Chai
  • Causeway Bay
  • Western District


  • Tsim Sha Tsui
  • Yau Ma Tei / Jordan
  • Mong Kok

The New Territories

  • Sha Tin
  • Tsuen Wan
  • Tai Po

The Outlying Islands

  • Lamma Island
  • Lantau Island
  • Cheung Chau Island
  • Peng Chau Island

We also ship to China, Macau, Taiwan and other countries in South East Asia.

What is the Best Way to Send Boxes to Hong Kong?

Whether you are taking one, a few or even multiple boxes to Hong Kong then our box shipping service is the best way for you to ship your boxes.

We provide boxes and packaging materials and deliver them to your address in the UK.

You’ll then pack all your personal possessions or household items and call us when you are ready for them to be collected.


There are three shipping options for your boxes. The method you choose depends on costs and urgency.

  1. Sea Freight: your boxes will be sent in a shared shipping container with other people’s boxes and belongings moving to Hong Kong. This is the cheapest, but the slowest method.
  2. Air Freight: If you need your belongings to arrive sooner then air freight can be a good option.
  3. Express Air Freight: If your shipment is needed urgently then express air freight is the best option, however, this will be more expensive.

Your dedicated Move Manager will help you with all the required paperwork and answer any questions you may have.

You can then take time to enjoy a stop-over on your journey home to Hong Kong whilst we take care of transporting your boxes.


Our partner company in Hong Kong will notify you when your ship arrives, take care of customs clearance and deliver your boxes at a time that’s convenient for you.

They can also arrange storage for you if you are not yet ready to take delivery.

How Long Does it Take to Ship Boxes From the UK to Hong Kong?

Average shipping times to Hong Kong from the UK

Method Sea Freight Air Freight
Shipping Time 8-12 weeks 7-14 days


The table above gives you an estimate of how long it will take to ship your boxes to Hong Kong. Delivery times will vary depending on where in Hong Kong you are moving to.

Please note: These times are for arrival in your destination port, You will also need to allow additional time for customs clearance.

How Much Does it Cost to Ship Boxes to Hong Kong from the UK?

The cost will depend on the volume of boxes you are shipping and whether you are using sea or air freight.

To get an initial price we recommend using our free online cost calculator. Our Move Managers will also be able to tailor your quote to meet your personal requirements.

PSS is widely regarded as the cheapest and best company for shipping your items to Hong Kong. We are confident that we can give you a very good quote without compromising on service.

Please note that sea freight costs are based on volume whereas air freight rates are calculated by volumetric weight–a combination of weight and volume.

Do You Have Bike Cartons/Boxes for Shipping Bicycles to Hong Kong?

Yes. Whilst you can buy a specialist bike box, we can provide you with a strong cardboard bike carton for shipping your bicycle to Hong Kong.

You will need to dismantle some parts of your cycle such as the pedals and ensure it is thoroughly cleaned for Hong Kong customs, but taking your bike with you is very easy.

How to Ship Tools and Ship Toolboxes to Hong Kong

Our service is perfect for sending your work tools and toolboxes to Hong Kong. You’ll need to ensure they are thoroughly cleaned before transportation and well wrapped to protect them.

If you need your tools quickly, we recommend you use our air freight service. Otherwise, your tool box can be sent via sea freight.

Please speak to your Move Manager if your toolbox is very heavy, we have a special service for overweight items.

Please note: Some items such as batteries and gas canisters can be restricted or prohibited. Call us for more details.

Common Questions About Moving to Hong Kong

Why Move to Hong Kong From the UK?

Hong Kong is a major world financial and business hub and an attractive destination for those moving from the UK. Brits move there for the global community and modern feel as well as its rankings as one of the safest places in the world. To find out more about our Hong Kong moving services get in touch or take a look at our blog on everything you need to know about living in Hong Kong.


Where is the Best Place to Move in Hong Kong as an Expat?

When it comes to finding the best place to live in Hong Kong as an expat, many families move to the Kowloon Peninsula or the southern part of Hong Kong island for the space and good schools. Lantau Island is also an extremely popular place to live for expats as it is a quieter alternative to the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

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