Duties & Tax


Importing to Hong Kong from overseas

Hong Kong is free port. Generally, many goods are not required to pay customs duties when they are imported into Hong Kong

Exporting to overseas from Hong Kong

However, when you send from Hong Kong to other countries, your parcel might need to collect certain taxes in accordance with the requirements of the local customs legislation of the receiving country in order to be successfully delivered. No matter which country in the world you are sending to, such as the United Kingdom, the United States, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, etc., the following are the basics about the customs and tax regulations you should know.

How to calculate duties/tax/tariffs?

  •  No matter what your parcel content is, your parcel must go through the customs, and the customs of the destination country will decide whether you need to pay taxes and the amount of taxes to be paid;
  • As all tariff details are determined by the customs of the destination country, the details of the payable tax amount need to be confirmed after the parcel arrives to the destination country
  • Customs usually determines the amount of tax and customs clearance procedures according to aspects like the origin of the shipment, the value of the items, the purpose of shipment, the type and quantity of the goods etc.
  • For parcels that the local customs decide to be tax-payable, they must pay the customs duties before they can be released
  • When you arrange worldwide shipments through Spaceship, our logistic Specialists will guide you through the whole shipment journey

Should the duties be paid by the sender or the recipient?

  •  All payable taxes are automatically set to be paid by the recipient
  • After the parcel has arrived at the destination country, if you refuse to pay the tax, the parcel then will not be able to pass through the customs clearance successfully, you then will need to pay extra charges and send the parcel back to the sender

Why do I still need to pay tax even I declare the parcel as gift?

  • When declaring the parcel content, you must specify the name of the items in the parcel, instead of just declaring it as gift
  • Whether the purpose of the parcel is a gift or not, it must go through the import and customs clearance progress determined by the customs law of the receiving country
  • Tax amount is determined by a variety of factors, and is totally calculated by the customs department of the destination country

Why do I still need to pay tax even I declare the parcel as personal use?

  • Each country has their own customs regulations, such as list of prohibited goods, required certificates and legal documents.  Even if the shipment is marked for personal use, customs will still re-examine your parcel according to local tax and customs standards, so some countries will still levy taxes on parcels that marked as personal use

Each country has their own customs regulations, such as list of prohibited goods, required certificates and legal documents. Let Spaceship logistics specialists solve all your shipping concerns

If you have any questions about the contents of your shipment, please call Spaceship Customer Service Specialist at 3705 3123

If you have any questions, please contact our Customer Success Specialist on Spaceship.hk

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