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Expats shipping items to Shanghai will have the advantage of a huge number of competing companies offering free quotes. Shopping around is definitely worth it, but remember that well-regarded companies are a better bet than unknown, cheaper ones.
However, expats should consider their shipping options carefully. Many houses and apartments come furnished in Shanghai so container shipping is often not initially needed and air freight for smaller items may be preferable. Buying furniture in Shanghai is cheap and probably less expensive than shipping some from home.
Shipping goods to Shanghai
Expats should check the latest customs regulations when shipping personal items and furniture into the country. Shipping and removals in China typically involves taxes on electronic products, among other types of goods, as well as restrictions on items such as medication.
When bringing goods into Shanghai, expats should ensure they have documentation as written evidence recording all necessary details of each item. We also highly recommend expats have insurance cover for all items.
Shipping pets to Shanghai
Pets brought into Shanghai are usually limited to dogs and cats, and must have all recent vaccinations including rabies. A vet certificate must also be submitted.
It is recommended to use a pet relocation company to ease through some of the restrictions and paperwork. Pets may require quarantine, while dogs will likely also need to be registered with the local police within a month of arrival.
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