Shipping to Beijing should be a straightforward process, much like shipping and removals to China in general. That said, the low cost of buying furniture along with the fact that much accommodation in Beijing is available fully furnished means that it may not be with shipping over goods. However, expats who would prefer to do so should do their research on customs regulations.
Shipping goods to Beijing
We recommend that expats hire a shipping agency that offers door-to-door service, and before settling on a company, explore various options by getting quotes and checking reviews.
Depending on where the cargo is originally from, the transportation should take between four and eight weeks.
For smaller and lighter items, the fastest means of shipping to Beijing is with air transport, although there are size and weight limitations that can incur large costs. It is often cheaper to buy new furnishings in Beijing rather than pay for long-distance shipping.
It is a good idea to take out an insurance policy on shipped goods in case they are damaged in transit.
Bear in mind the taxes levied when importing goods such as electronic products. Expats should also note restrictions on bringing medicine into Beijing and carry the necessary documentation recording all their personal items.
Shipping pets to Beijing
As with all other shipments, extensive documentation is required when bringing pets into China. Cats and dogs require rabies vaccinations and associated health certificates as documented proof of this. Pets typically require quarantine and should arrive through specific ports of entry. Dogs must generally be registered with the local police in Beijing within one month of arrival.
►See Shipping and Removals in China for more information about the process
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