Moving to China
Here at Arrowpak International we’ve been moving families, businesses and
individuals, to and from the Far East for many years so you can be sure
you’re in good hands. Wherever you’re moving to in China our specialist team
will take care of everything to make sure your move goes smoothly and your
household goods arrive at your new home safe and sound.
We realise that moving to another country can be daunting, so we will always
be on hand to give you the help and advice you need at every stage of the
journey, from expertly packing your fragile goods to arranging transport for
cars, motorbikes and even the family pet.
Whether you’re moving to a major city or a location out of town, our experts
have the local knowledge, contacts and skills to make sure your move goes
smoothly and there are no delays or bureaucratic hiccups along the way.
Call us FREE on 0800 136 332 for an instant quote.
China is the world’s most populous country with over 1.3 billion people. In
recent years China has emerged as the new ‘workshop of the world’ with
billions of dollars worth of goods being manufactured and shipped to almost
every country in the world every year.
China is also becoming a popular tourist destination for western visitors
looking to experience the county’s unique culture, architecture and history.
Most expats live in Beijing and Shanghai where many western multinationals
now have operations. Industries range from steel, oil, chemicals, cars,
textiles, high tech equipment, technology, biomedicine and shipbuilding.
Duty is payable on household items and personal effects brought into China.
Electrical equipment must be itemised and include make, model and serial
number. You will need to obtain a Chinese Residency card when you arrive in
China and then apply for an import permit which is valid for six months. The
team at Arrowpak International will be pleased to advise and arrange the
Pets are usually limited to dogs and cats which must have recent vaccination
and rabies certificates. Dogs and cats are subject to 30 days’ quarantine, but
23 of these can be within the owner’s home. Electricity
Electrical current is 220 volts, 50Hz. Plug types vary, but the two-pin flat
blade and oblique three-pin flat blade plugs are common.
It is possible to import motor vehicles into China, but only cars with left-hand
drive are accepted and taxes are levied on arrival. Many expats prefer to buy
a car in China, although choice is limited. Driving can be hazardous – China
has the highest road casualty rates in the world – so taxis and other public
transport may be a better option. The team at Arrowpak International will be
happy to advise about shipping your vehicle to China should you wish to do
You will need to obtain a Chinese driving licence from the police before
driving in China.
Customs info: english.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal191