Exports to Hong Kong

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Need guidance with exports to Hong Kong?

Unsworth UK has been dealing with exports to Hong Kong for over 42 years and prides itself in keeping the export process hassle-free for our clients and offering competitive and tailored export solutions.

Hong Kong is has been ranked as the world’s freest economy in the Index of Economic Freedom for 20 consecutive years. Considered as the world’s eighth largest trading economy and financial hub, Hong Kong has become a key location.

Benefits for British businesses exporting to Hong Kong include:

  • strong business links
  • common language and culture
  • strong intellectual property rights protection
  • well established rule of law
  • proximity to Pearl River Delta (PRD), an important Chinese region

Strengths of the Hong Kong market include:

  • base for regional operations
  • leading telecommunications hub for Asia Pacific region
  • main offshore centre for trading in Renminbi (RMB) Chinese currency
  • well regulated banking system
  • world’s busiest airport for international cargo
  • the second largest private equity centre in Asia
  • the second largest stock market in Asia and the sixth largest in the world

Using Unsworth UK means one point of contact for you saving you time and money.

We will arrange everything for your exports to Hong Kong, and all shipping, customs and duty requirements. Our excellent working relationships with the shipping lines ensure you are given the most competitive UK export solution. Whether you are exporting personal effects, machine parts, cars or dangerous goods, we have a shipping solution for you<.>

  • One-to-one consultancy service enabling you to reach out to Unsworth’s experienced and dedicated team.
  • Stay one step ahead with guidance given on hidden documentary procedures
  • Nationwide receiving depots strategically located in Birmingham, Bristol, Bradford, Felixstowe, Hull, London and Manchester.

Which regulations and controls there are?

When exporting from the UK to Hong Kong, all goods must be declared to Customs on leaving the EU. In addition, specific controls may be required for certain sort of goods. For instance, military goods, dual-use and military technology need to be controlled under National and EU regulations. Other goods not listed in the statutory instruments may be controlled if their end-use involves chemical, biological or nuclear weapons or the means of delivering them.

Since 1974 Unsworth UK has developed strong teams of experts with in-depth knowledge of global procedures, legislation and customs tariffs that form the backbone of UK import and export clearance services. All UK Customs Clearance formalities can be taken care of on your behalf at any UK port where needed, including assistance with UK export licences.

Special Certificates

  • Plants and some, but not all, plant products require a phytosanitary certificate. Phytosanitary controls are required for the import of certain plants, seeds, potatoes, seed potatoes, fruit and berries, plant propagation material products and peat that could present a phytosanitary risk.
  • Animals and animal products must be accompanied by a Veterinary Certificate acceptable by the authorities (also check prohibitions and restrictions).
  • Exports of milk and milk products to non-EU countries must be accompanied by a Declaration Origin (Dioxin) issued by the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) in the UK.
  • Whisky and other alcoholic spirits may require a Certificate of Verification of age, origin and GI confirmation if Scotch Whisky.
  • Health Certificates raised by an official authority in the exporter country are required for food and foodstuffs, including vegetables and fruit.
  • Exporters of consumer products may be required to provide a Certificate of Free Sale (CFS) certifying that their goods may lawfully be sold in the UK.
  • Regulations are in place concerning the Registry and Labelling Requirement for Medical Products, which may also require a Health Certificate. A Health Certificate is also required for sample medical supplies.
  • Secondhand clothes should be accompanied by a Fumigation Certificate.
  • Certain chemicals will require a Certificate of Analysis.
  • Shipments of wildlife and wildlife products subject to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) require an import permit.
  • Used Goods: electrical equipment, eg televisions, monitors or batteries — be aware that such consignments may be treated as hazardous waste in accordance with the Basel Convention, unless they are re-used for their originally intended purpose without repair.
  • Under the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) the importation of rough diamonds, a Kimberley Process Certificate is required

Check out more information about customs clearance.

If you have any questions or would like to know more about exports to Hong Kong, give us a call on +44 (0) 20 8539 8899 or email hello@unsworth.uk.

Find out more about our Sea Freight services to Hong Kong:

UK Exports to Hong Kong

2000 2001 2007 2010 2011 2012 2013*
£2,574,000,000 £2,699,000,000 £2,651,000,000 £4,201,000,000 £4,751,000,000* £5,037,000,000 £5,136,000,000

 Website: http://madb.europa.eu/mkaccdb2/statistical_form.htm.

UK Exports to Hong Kong by Category 2007–2012
Abbreviated Harmonised Code Product Classification Exports in £millions FOB
2007 2010 2011 2012
84 Machinery, mechanical appliances and parts 697 1016 1197 1141
8411 Turbo Jets and other gas turbines 539 757 948 903
8443 Printing machinery 47 35 27
8473 Parts and accessories for computers 38 29 25 16
8471 Computers and data machines 20 28 31
8429 Plants for construction 39 17 4
8481 Taps, cocks, valves 9 17 18
85 Electrical machinery and parts; TV and sound, radar 575 938 1008 1057
8542 Electronic integrated circuits and micro-assemblies 64 40 29 17
8536 Equipment for switching or protecting circuits 31 49 28
8523 Unrecorded media for sound 33 16 14 21
8517 Phones and electrical apparatus for telecoms 185 467 493 584
8541 Diodes, transistors, semiconductors 35 46 49 48
8544 Wire and cable — electric and optic fibres 27 46 68 69
8519 Sound turntables, sound equipment, decks, etc 39 67 15
8502 Electric generating sets 33 45 24 51
71 Pearls and semi precious stones, precious metals 343 575 542 947
7113 Articles of jewellery, precious metals 172 317 293 419
7102 Diamonds 73 136 176 163
7110 Platinum, including palladium, rhodium, iridium, ruthenium 71 92 46 336
22 Beverages, spirits, drinks 40 181 290 201
2204 Wine 165 264 176
97 Works of art, antiques 68 172 286 240
9701 Paintings 40 79 184 111
9706 Antiques over 100 years old 71 54 87
87 Vehicles 109 191 201 204
8703 Cars 81 103 140 140
8702 Buses and vehicles for carrying over 10 persons 48 22 1
39 Plastics and plastic products 111 161 143 124
3915 Plastic waste, parings and scrap 63 101 87 68
90 Optical, photographic, measuring, precision, medical 97 153 90 182
9031 Measuring and checking instruments 48 53 43
8903 Yachts, vessels for pleasure 50 72 41
02 Meat and edible meat offal 42 60 60
0207 Duck products 21 27 18
30 Pharmaceutical products 32 47 51 53
88 Aircraft and parts 35 37 46 69
9101 Wrist watches, pocket watches 33 42 48
62 Articles of apparel and clothing not knitted or crocheted 41 33 39 62
33 Perfumes, cosmetics, toiletries 55 38 45
94 Furniture (mostly seats), medical, bedding, lighting 31 37 49
9401 Seats, seat furniture, convertible into beds, and parts 18 19 27 39
7404 Waste and scrap of copper 34 28 24 26
3304 Beauty and make up 33 15 26
42 Articles of leather, saddlery, travel goods, handbags 30 12 15 13

 Source: HMRC www.uktradeinfo.com