Export to Hong Kong

Question posted by Lynne Hardie, on behalf of Hunter Boot Ltd in EH3

We are looking to export from the UK to Hong Kong, but the country of origin of the goods will either be China or Indonesia. Could you please advise what customs and VAT charges we would be liable for if we ship under DDP terms?

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Hello, I actually spoke to your company recently (Michelle Noschese) about exporting to China/HK.
If you are to be definatley manufacturing in China or Indonesia and are to be selling to Hong Kong or another Asian region I really do think you need to look at the corporate structure of how to best do the cross border trading at the same time of maximising your profit and mimimise duties and tax while operating in the region itself. If this is of interest to find out more do drop me an email.
Brian Mclean

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Darren Playfoot, on behalf of ROCHARD SHIPPING LTD in KT15.

Dear Lynne,

If I am understanding the above correctly, in basic terms you import your products from China / Indonesia in to the UK, and distribute from your warehouse in the UK be it locally or Worldwide. I assume your goods are entered at time of arrival in teh UK into a customs bonded warehouse and goods are either transhipped under customs paperwork for export, or cleared in to free circulation and delivered once free to do so. I need some more details before I can check with my Chinese agent, are the goods going to Hong Kong for private individuals or being imported by companies ? Could you advise full product description and tariff codes, please feel free to email me directly at dplayfoot@rochardshipping.co.uk and I will check what the duty rates / VAT Charges are in Hong Kong for goods of far east origin and hopefully be able to give you an idea of costs for offering delivered duty paid.
Trust in order
Best regards

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Timmy Lau, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment Hong Kong in Hong Kong.

Dear Lynne,

HKSAR is a free port and does not levy any Customs tariff on imports and exports. Excise duties are levied only on four types of dutiable commodities. Please refer to the following link: http://www.customs.gov.hk/en/passenger_clearance/duty_free/

I have sent you a seperate email. We can refer you to our office in China for further details., e.g. customs and regulations.


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HMRC Advisor, on behalf of HM Revenue & Customs in G67.

Information on the Customs requirements for exporting is given in HMRC Public Notice 275. All notices can be found on our website www.hmrc.gov.uk under Quick Links > Library > Official Statistics – Publications – Notices, Info Sheets & Other Reference Materials > Import, Export & International Trade. The Public Notices are in numerical order.

Further detailed information regarding exporting goods outside the EU can be found on our website by using the following link http://customs.hmrc.gov.uk/channelsPortalWebApp/channelsPortalWebApp.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=pageImport_ShowContent&propertyType=document&resetCT=true&id=HMCE_PROD1_032667

You may find the Export Best Practice Guide particularly helpful

I would also suggest that you contact the Chinese Customs Authorities to ascertain if there are any import restrictions on such items and to establish the rates (if any) of import duties.

HM Revenue & Customs
Customs International Trade & Excise

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