Air Freight to Hong Kong

Last updated: 11/05/2023

Shipping freight to Hong Kong by air

If you need to have freight shipped to Hong Kong by air, you could do no wrong by asking for PBS International Freight Limited to assist you.

With over 20 years’ worth of experience, as international freight forwarders our expert team are on hand to help you make the transportation of your cargo not only fast but safe, careful and on time.

Air freight brings many benefits to those looking to ship items from the UK to Hong Kong. Whether it be for commercial purposes or whether relocation is on the cards, PBS International work alongside you to ensure that your cargo arrives how and when it should. With affordable personal effects shipping, as well as cost-effective commercial goods shipping via air freight, moving items from the UK to Hong Kong or from Hong Kong to the UK has never been easier.

Since our inception, we have finessed the process of shipping cargo to Hong Kong making it possible for you to send items that more traditional carriers may likely avoid. Our specialised freight services mean that there are no obstructions in getting items shipped by air freight to Hong Kong from the UK. This means that should there be hazardous substances, large equipment, or even military hardware, we can help you have it reach the correct destination in Hong Kong.

You can even benefit from more than just a port-to-port service with PBS International. Our road freight services mean that no matter where your items need to reach in Hong Kong, PBS International can get them there with exceptional door-to-door delivery.


Air freight from UK to Hong Kong

Hong Kong is some considerable distance away and shipping by anything other than air can make for delays in your goods arriving on time. With UK exports to Hong Kong amounting to £18.2 billion in 2022- an increase of a huge 40% – there is clearly a market for high-quality British goods in Hong Kong. For many businesses, now is potentially the time to consider opening themselves to the Hong Kong market.

Choosing to ship your items from the UK to Hong Kong via air not only gets them there quickly but with PBS International, it guarantees they get there safely too.

Whatever you are shipping, subject to the entry requirements of the country, our team can make it happen so that your promises to customers are kept or your relocation plans are kept on track.

With offices at the two main UK airports, we have people on hand around the clock to assist with not only getting your cargo from the UK to Hong Kong but also completing the paperwork that makes it happen. This is part of the reason many businesses chose PBS International to help with air freight to Hong Kong. Not only are we airport based, able to guide you through the paperwork but we also have established relationships with the airports and the carriers. This means we can offer more cost-effective options for you to get your goods where they need to be.

All it takes to start getting items shipped to Hong Kong from the UK is a bespoke shipping quote. This way you can see just how affordable, speedy and efficient air freight shipping to Hong Kong is.

We can even store your items in our warehouse and storage facilities before they are due to be shipped allowing you to focus on the rest of your relocation plans or other aspects of your business.

Air freight from Hong Kong to UK

Hong Kong, just like many other Far Eastern countries holds a great deal of power commercially. Imports to the UK from Hong Kong topped £10.2 billion at the end of 2022 and whilst still a large amount, it is 13% down on the previous year.

Despite this drop, there are still plenty of products being shipped to Hong Kong for commercial or personal reasons.

At PBS International we understand this and that is why we have established similar relationships to those with have with UK airports with the only international airport there. The Hong Kong International Airport in Chek Lap Kok.

Our network of experienced agents means that items that did not originate in the UK can easily be shipped from Hong Kong to reach the UK with full compliance adhered to. Simply contact us to see how easy it can be to have your items moved from Hong Kong to the UK whether it be for commercial or domestic purposes.

Requirements for air freight shipping to Hong Kong

If you are looking to send items to Hong Kong there will be a few things you are obligated to do before committing to sending the items. Our team at PBS International can help with all aspects of this. In many cases, as freight forwarders, there will be specific documentation that only we complete and other parts will require your input. Each step of the way we can advise and assist where necessary. Below is a list of the common documentation needed for exporting items to Hong Kong. Some documents relate to the commercial products themselves whilst others relate to the transportation of the items:

Commercial Documents

  • Quotation illustrating the price, quantity, payment terms, delivery terms and details relating to product quality.
  • A Sales contract is a legally binding document so check with your legal department or ask PBS International for help to ensure everything is correct
  • The Pro Forma Invoice is provided by the supplier before items are shipped. This is often used when applying for an import or export licence.
  • A Commercial invoice will be used to show the terms of the sale, the amount due and the items sold. These may also be used to grant customs clearance.
  • Packing lists will show detailed information on all items packed for shipment.
  • Insurance documents will show that the shipment is insured, what the cover is and that loss of cargo in transit is covered.
  • An Inspection certificate will show the items are as they say they are.
  • The ATA carnet will only be needed for items that are being used for exhibitions or temporary events. It grants temporary duty-free admission to the country.

Depending on the items you are sending there may be additional commercial documents required and, in some cases, there may be less. Our team will be on hand to discuss the requirements with you to ensure a fully compliant shipment of your goods to Hong Kong.

Transport documents

  • Shipping orders will show what is being shipped, and the requirements of the shippers. This is required to be able to prepare your air waybill.
  • An air waybill is a waybill purely used for air cargo. It is prepared by the airline and acts as the receipt of goods for delivery and states the condition of carriage.
  • House air waybill is similar to the air waybill but is instead issued by an air freight agent
  • Packing lists just like in the commercial documents illustrate what is packed, the buyer, the seller, the country of origin, the destination, the flight number and much more.
  • Bill of lading is needed to prove the contract between the shipper and the carrier. There are two types of lading bills and we will be able to show which one you would require.
  • House bill of lading is a little different to the two types that come under the bill of lading title. This one is instead by a freight forwarder. They can be beneficial due to lower insurance costs, less packing and faster delivery.

In addition to these documents, there will be others that are likely necessary. The Certificate of Origin for example is a must, as is the export declaration. In some cases, goods are controlled, and with these items, you would also require an export licence.

Controlled goods Hong Kong

Hong Kong holds the status of being a free port but there are still items that are either restricted or prohibited.  These lists can change at any time so we have listed below some of the most common items you would find under both categories. If you have any doubts over whether your items can be shipped to Hong Kong, speak to our team who will be able to advise you.

Restricted items Hong Kong

The following is a list of just some of the items that have restrictions placed upon them for being bought into Hong Kong. In many cases, a permit will see these items cleared, however, we would not like to guarantee that as laws can change quickly:

  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol with an ABV of more than 30%
  • Pharmaceutical products
  • Hazardous chemicals
  • Controlled chemicals
  • Live animals
  • Plants
  • Left-hand drive vehicles
  • Radio transmitting equipment
  • Firearms, explosives or weapons

Should any of the above require shipping to Hong Kong, ask PBS International about specialised freight shipping, if a permit exists in Hong Kong for the items, our special cargo services can enable the movement of the goods where other carriers would not. Please note if the correct permit, medical exemption or certified document does not accompany the goods, they are likely to be seized and you may face prosecution,

Prohibited items Hong Kong

The following is a non-exhaustive list of items prohibited from entering Hong Kong. As with the list above, it is subject to change at any time so always check before exporting items or planning your relocation.

  • Ivory
  • Personal drugs
  • Pesticides
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Food containing artificial sweeteners and preservatives
  • Dangerous goods under class 1 & 7 as defined by IATA
  • More than 100kgs of sand
  • Asbestos

If you attempt to ship these items to Hong Kong by air, they will be seized and destroyed. There is also the likelihood of prosecution. Should you have any uncertainty over the items you are looking to ship. Speak to our team and we will gladly guide you through what is restricted and what is prohibited in Hong Kong.

Why choose PBS International for air freight shipping to Hong Kong?

When you choose PBS International to ship your freight by air to Hong Kong, you not only benefit from first class service from loading to landing but you also benefit from a experienced team guiding your through the journey.

With bespoke prices, we cultivate our service to your exact needs so that air freight shipping to Hong Kong is hassle and worry free.

With a vast global network, we can ensure that there is never a concern over the safe shipping of your cargo and with our specialist freight services available too, goods of all types can be sent to Hong Kong with ease. We will even assist you with the important import and export paperwork so that nothing is missed when you want to send items to Hong Kong.


Air Freight Shipping to Hong Kong FAQs

How quickly can I ship items by air to Hong Kong?

Air freight shipping is the fastest way to get items from the UK to Hong Kong. You can normally expect items to arrive within 1 -3 days. Get your bespoke air shipping quote today to see if air freight shipping works for you and your items.

Sending items to Hong Kong by air will vary in cost depending on several factors. What you are sending, its size, weight and ultimately its final destination in Hong Kong. We endeavour to offer you the most cost-effective way to get your items into Hong Kong and work out prices unique to your needs. Simply get in touch to see how we can costs down and promises of delivery kept.

Certain items will require an export licence as well as various other documentation to have them be accepted in Hong Kong. The list of restricted and prohibited items is always subject to change so reach out to our team for the latest information.

Many freight forwarders do not offer personal effects shipping but at PBS International we know that your relocation is a huge task. As a result, we are more than happy to assist you and help you get your items sent from the UK to Hong Kong.

Aside from there being restricted items, some are just not allowed onboard aircraft purely for safety reasons.

In many cases, our specialist freight services can make it possible for more unusual items to be shipped by air where other carriers say no, however, where items are forbidden from aircraft, we do offer sea freight shipping instead.

Even though your items have arrived by plane, more often than not the final destination is a little further afield. With that in mind, our global network enables us to offer comprehensive road freight services so that the cargo arrives exactly where it should when it should.

Yes! PBS International offer warehouse and storage facilities so that your cargo can be safely stored before boarding. We can also hold items that have arrived from Hong Kong too. Ask our team about our unique and comprehensive warehousing service.

Contact the Shipping Experts

We have a team of experts in Air, Sea and Road shipping ready to help you get your goods to where they need to be. We also have Warehouse and Storage services available. If you have any questions or enquiries, please get in contact.
Copyright © 2024 PBS International Freight Ltd | Registered in England No. 2648449 | VAT Registration No. GB 644 7226 33 | Privacy Policy | Terms & Conditions