Baggage Shipping to China
China is a huge country that offers travelers endless and affordable travel opportunities and some of the most awe-inspiring attractions in the world. Due to its vast size, China has a diverse range of terrain from high plateaus and deserts in the centre, to the plains and deltas of the east. On the border between Tibet and Nepal lies Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world, measuring a staggering 8,850 meters high. To find out about Send My Bag’s shipping service to China please read on:
Why Ship to China?
Due to its vast size and sheer number of attractions, travellers to China tend to take extended trips, and, in turn, take more luggage. Backpacking is also a popular choice and airlines know this, usually charging huge fees for excess baggage. Send My Bag can save you money and take the hassle out of your journey by collecting your heavy and bulky baggage and delivering it to your destination quickly and securely.
Our carrier service is also great for students who are relocating to China to study or for Chinese students who are heading to a foreign country for learning opportunities. Having possessions from home makes adjusting to life abroad much easier and helps students focus on their studies. Baggage is delivered to your chosen destination when you need it so that you can enjoy your stay straight away, without having to worry about carting your luggage around various airports and having to wait at the baggage carousel.
Ways of Shipping to China
If you are going to China for work or for a vacation, you will need to transport several items. Here are some of the options available to you for sending your items internationally. Some options will be more viable for you than others:
Send Luggage to China
You can use Send My Bag to send your luggage and boxes to China. This is particularly handy if you are relocating to China or returning home there and you need to get all your possessions to China too. You can save yourself a lot of hassle by sending your possessions with Send My Bag and so avoid waiting at bag drop or luggage carousels and avoid having to drag your items behind you onto public transport. To learn more about sending luggage to China, take a look at our ‘How it works’ page, or our ‘FAQs’.
send golf clubs to China
China is home to the world’s biggest golf club – Mission Hills. Shanqin Bay and Stone Forest join Mission Hills as the best golf clubs in the country. If you would like to try out China’s golf courses, you can do so using your own clubs by sending them to China with Send My Bag. It’s easy to send golf clubs to China, just make sure you package them up correctly and book a collection with Send My Bag online. Your clubs will be delivered to your destination for you, and taken home again, should you so desire. This will make your journey to China much easier, since you won’t have to drag large golf bags behind you. Make sure you find out how best to parcel up your golf clubs by visiting Send My Bag's information page on sending golf clubs.
Send skis to China
Although you may not think it, China is a great ski destination. China boasts numerous ski resorts, such as Alshan, Yabuli and Nanshan. If you send your own skis with Send My Bag you won’t need to use rented skis when you are there, and you can avoid the embarrassment of having to pay your airline oversized baggage fees. It is easy to send your skis, just make sure they are packaged up correctly and visit Send My Bag to find out how to send your skis to China.
Removals to China
If you are moving to China permanently, or for a few years of work placements, you will have to investigate international removals to China in order to move all of your possessions. Before you have the movers pick up your items, ensure that everything is carefully packaged so it won’t get damaged in transit. Use suitable packaging for your items and tape everything up well.
student shipping to china
If relocating to China for your studies you will have plenty that you would like to take with you. Aside from everyday essentials, like clothes and shoes, you will also need to bring textbooks and other reading material for your course. Top Chinese universities include Tsinghua University, Peking University and Fudan University. To find out more about student shipping to China visit our student shipping page and get your 10% student discount.
Sending a parcel to China
Instead of a suitcase or bag, you can easily send a parcel to China with Send My Bag. Friends and family can use this option to send you care packages or gifts throughout the year. Or if you have left something behind at home, they can send it on to you in China as a parcel. Send My Bag can send parcels internationally to China for you. Read our information page on how to package your parcel using a suitable, sturdy box so nothing gets damaged in transit. Also familiarize yourself with the rules relating to personal effects and brand new items (see below).
Rather than sending parcels, baggage and luggage to China you could choose one of these options for shipping items internationally. These are more suited to those needing to send large, bulky items like a sideboard or a bed:
Air Freight to China
Air freight is one option for sending large items like tables and chairs to China. It usually takes around one to two days to transport your items this way, making it a quick, but at times expensive, option. The amount you pay depends on your shipment’s weight and its size. You will probably also have to hire a customs agent to deal with customs clearance for you. And, you need to get your items to and from the airport. Costs could, therefore, quickly spiral. If you send internationally by air freight to China your items will likely arrive at one of the major airports, such as Beijing, Shanghai or Guangzhou Airports.
Sea Freight and Container Shipping to China
Instead of air freight you could choose sea freight or container shipping to transport your possessions to China. If you don’t need your items straightaway, this could be the solution for you, especially if you need to send something like a sofa or armchair. This option can be cheaper than air freight, but you will still need to hire a customs agent and will need to get your items to and from the ports. So, the cost could be more than expected. Your items will most likely arrive at one of the big sea ports in China, such as Xingang, Qingdao or Xiamen.
Shipping Goods to China
When shipping goods to China you need to be aware of the current Chinese customs rules. You should know of any customs duties that you need to pay and what items are allowed to be shipped to China, which items are restricted, and which are entirely prohibited. Read on below to find out more in the section entitled ‘What can I send to China? What items are restricted?’
Important China Customs Information
Holiday baggage and other time sensitive packages should not be sent on this route.
The consignee must be named as the receiver of the goods, therefore shipments of personal effects should not be addressed to businesses or hotels.
In order to be eligible for duty free clearance, the consignee will be requested to provide a copy of their passport along with their entry stamp confirming entry into China, and any residence visas held. Personal effects can only be imported within six months consignee’s entry into China as confirmed by the date on their entry stamp or visa.
Customers must also obtain a stamped baggage declaration form directly from customs at their airport of entry. This is normally available via the ‘red lane’, or ‘goods to declare’ line at customs. The stamped form will then need to be provided to Send My Bag or our courier partner directly to complete the clearance process. On some occasions Chinese customs may request that the original stamped form is provided, in which case the form will need to be posted to our courier partner who will then submit this to customs on the consignee's behalf.
As the entry stamp and stamped declaration are required, the consignee must ensure they arrive in China around the same time as their shipment to be eligible for duty free clearance. Shipments that require storage whilst missing paperwork is obtained may incur additional storage fees which are not covered by Send My Bag.
On this route you are also required to visit the destination country’s official customs website and make yourself aware of any additional, requirements, processes or fees, which may be due, based on your personal circumstances and what you are shipping.
Upon arrival in the destination you agree to comply with any customs processes, provide the customs authority with any information they request and to discuss the clearance of the shipment directly with the customs authority or our delivery partner in the destination.
General Customs Information
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 12 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
More information is available on our customs information page.
What can I send to China? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Loose Batteries & Power Banks;
- No more than 1 device containing a battery in line with our battery policy;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations and toys of same);
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable, animal origin and controlled food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Fruit & vegetables, dairy products (including dried products containing dairy such as protein powder), meat, fish, nuts, seeds, wine, beer, spirits and champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones and electrical equipment (low value electrical equipment is permitted but sent at the owner's risk);
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Credit cards;
- Passports or other confidential personal documentation;
- Irreplaceable items;
- Other Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Counterfeit goods;
- Other illegal or restricted goods.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
In addition to the above when sending to China we prohibit the sending of:
- Animal Skins.
- Biological Substances.
- Gambling Devices.
- Military Equipment.
- Precious Metals & Stones.
- Radar Transmitters/Receivers.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
China has many large cities that are popular with tourists. These include the capital Beijing, Hangzhou - famous for its silk industry - and Shanghai, known for its river cityscape and great shopping. Other places to explore include the Great Wall of China, the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve and Mount Tai, all offering great photo opportunities for travelers.
China’s official language is Standard Mandarin, which has been the only language used in education since the 1950’s, although many regions also have their own dialects. English is taught in schools, but outside of the major tourist attractions and establishments you may find it hard to find locals that are conversant in English.
China’s attractions are seemingly endless and you’ll never run out of things to see and do however long your stay. Due to China’s long history there is plenty for the history buff to do. China has the third highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world behind Italy and Spain, including imperial palaces of the Ming and Qing dynasties, the Leshan Giant Buddha and the ancient city of Ping Yao. The country offers a wonderful mix of quaint rural and conservative with eye-opening, modern and mesmerizing urban areas.
It’s a fantastic place to get your hands on some wonderful new technologies, as well as great souvenirs. Most travelers to China will require a visa to visit the country; these are available from your local Chinese embassy or consulate before departure.