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.

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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.

Personal effects

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 necessary documentation.


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. 

Motor vehicles

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 so.

Driving licences

You will need to obtain a Chinese driving licence from the police before driving in China.

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