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General Import Guidelines
  • The importer must have a valid importer code from Customs Authority
  • Imported goods must conform to licensed activities of the importer
  • Imported goods must be accompanied with an International Waybill, a Commercial Invoice, a Certificate of Origin, and a Packing List
  • HS Codes must be stated clearly on the Commercial Invoice. Where the HS Codes are not stated, Customs Authorities shall determine the proper HS Codes based on the goods and the stated description


Import Duties and Fees
  • The customs valuation is based on CIF (Cost, Insurance and Freight) which means that the amount used to assess customs duty is the sum of cost of goods, insurance and shipping cost to Hong Kong
  • Customs tariff applicable on imported goods depend on HS Codes
  • Goods containing tobacco will be set to USD 35 Aramex handling fee for each shipment presented to customs authorities regardless of weight and value

The following are trade agreements with Hong Kong that can benefit from customs reduction rate. To benefit from customs reduction, Certificate of Origin accompanied with Commercial Invoice are required
  • World Trade Organization (WTO)


Duties Exemption

A number of goods are exempted from customs duties. Below are some of the applied exemptions:
  • Goods addressed to government or semi-government agencies
  • Diplomatic goods


Imports Required Documents

General Imports

Import Declaration is processed in the event of goods being imported into Hong Kong from other countries. The below documents are needed:
  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)


Import Declaration is processed in the event of importing goods into Hong Kong for purpose of re-exporting. The below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)

Temporary Import - Exhibition / Repair and Return

Upon entry of goods into Hong Kong on temporary basis for the purpose of taking part in an exhibition or repairs / maintenance. The below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)
  • Import and export permit (if necessary)

When completing your Commercial Invoice, we recommend that you abide by Aramex guidelines to ensure timely and efficient clearance Read More



When exporting goods from Hong Kong some documents and regulations will be applied before the exit of goods to the destination. Failure to submit required documents may delay goods when exporting

Exporters need to include the following documents with their goods:
  1. Original Commercial Invoice (in English)
  2. Customs Declaration if the goods' value is above HKD 1,000
  3. For certain goods, a strategic export license is required. Example where these licenses are needed include: military, dual-use, chemicals, technological, electronic goods, textiles, and agricultural goods. For more information click here to check if your goods require an export license
Other documents that could be required would depend on the specific requirements of the destinations. Aramex maintain a list of needed documents and customs information per country (please select country name on this page )

Important Notes
  • All exported goods might be inspected by Customs Authorities
  • Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Hong Kong. For more information click here
  • For more information on exporting from the Hong Kong click here


Transiting Goods

Transiting Goods through Hong Kong can only remain for two days from the date of arrival into the country

To process Transiting Goods, the below documents are needed:

  • Original Waybill
  • Original Commercial Invoice
  • Packing List (detailed)


Prohibited / Restricted Goods

Aramex will not transport goods that are prohibited by the laws or regulations of Hong Kong

In accordance to Aramex Shipping Policy, the following items are not acceptable for transport by Aramex:

  • Monetary items including currency, fake money, and coins
  • Publications that are offensive to religions, morals, human rights or aims to cause corruption and disorder
  • Narcotics and drugs including heroin, opium, drugs raw material (powder, liquid), cannabis leaves, etc.
  • Counterfeit goods covering all brands of clothes, machinery, shoes, electronics, watches etc.
  • Fireworks*
  • Ivory and ivory products*
  • Furs*
  • Jewelry, precious metals , stones, articles or antiques of exceptional high value*
  • Bullion*
  • Chemical waste and nuclear waste
  • Hazardous as defined in IATA Regulations*
  • Ammunitions*
  • Human remains, including ashes*
  • Animals, plants, food items and perishable*

* Certain goods which are listed above as prohibited may be accepted by Aramex on a contractual basis, if exporters / importers are able to comply with all applicable regulations

Some goods require approval from the designated authority prior to importing into Hong Kong. Some examples are shown below:


Aramex Clearance Service

Aramex offers clearance service covering the following Customs Ports:

  • Hong Kong International Airport

Aramex offers a wide range of customs clearance services (starting with Delivery Order collection up to delivery of goods). In addition, Aramex offers storage in Aramex warehouses when needed.

In key locations, Aramex employees are certified and supported by a customer service team to keep customers updated, and address all inquiries. Please contact our Aramex Customer Service team for an offer



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