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Hong Kong Import Guide

A complete guide for importing goods into Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China is a semi-autonomous metropolitan region of the People’s Republic of China located to the south of the Guangdong province. Hong Kong is 2755 km2 and has a population of 7.5 million people, making it the 4th most densely populated state or territory in the world. Hong Kong is the 35th largest economy in the world (by GDP) and has the 16th highest income per capita, it is the 10th largest import/export trading area and has busiest international cargo airport in the world. Hong Kong’s status as a free port makes it an attractive cross-border ecommerce destination.

Key Info

Country code (ISO 3166-1 alpha-2): HK
Country code top-level domain (ccTLD): .hk
Currency (ISO4217): Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
World Trade Organization (WTO) Status: Member

Duty & Tax Information

Hong Kong is a free port, meaning no duty is charged on imports or exports. However, excise duty is charged on tobacco, liquor, hydrocarbon oil and methyl alcohol.

Hong Kong has no sales tax or additional taxes.

Despite having no tariff measures to protect the domestic economy, Hong Kong does have a number of non-tariff measures. Certain goods require a license to import, such as:

  • Rice
  • Rough diamonds
  • Ozone depleting substances

More information on which goods require an import license can be found here.

Minimum Thresholds

As Hong Kong is a free port, it has no minimum thresholds set for duty, sales tax or any additional taxes.

Prohibited Goods

Hong Kong has a number of prohibited and controlled goods, such as:

  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Ivory
  • Powdered formula
  • Antibiotics
  • Harmful drugs
  • Eggs

Some goods can be imported with the correct licensing, while others are fully prohibited. An extensive list of prohibited and controlled goods can be found here.

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