S&M Moving Systems would like to thank Asian Tigers Mobility for their latest NEWSFLASH:


In November 2015 Shanghai Customs started to enforce an existing rule for foreign passport holders. Only long term transferees (with either work or residence permit valid over 365 days) are allowed to import household goods into Shanghai. Recently, Shanghai customs started to apply the same rule for outbound sea shipments. While they have previously accepted to clear shipments with permits valid for 10-12 months plus an explanation letter from the company in China, this is no longer the case.

All clients with permits valid less than 365 days are now treated as“short-term assignments” and are therefore only allowed to include basic household items, such as clothes, kitchenware, etc. in their shipments. Items that are no longer allowed include all types of furniture, food & electronics (i.e. TVs, video camera, HIFI systems and speakers, lamps, refrigerator, washer/dryer, desktop computer, etc.)

The above does not apply for clients with short term permits if they had previous permits issued over 365 days with no interruption to the current one.

We will continue to monitor the situation.


Shanghai Customs regulations are the set of rules and regulations that govern the import and export of goods in Shanghai, China. These regulations are designed to maintain security and safety, prevent the entry of illegal items, and promote fair trade practices.

Some of the key regulations that apply to the import and export of goods in Shanghai include:

  1. Customs declaration: All goods that enter or exit Shanghai must be declared to the customs authorities. This includes providing detailed information about the goods, such as their value, quantity, and origin.

  2. Prohibited items: Certain items are prohibited from entering or exiting Shanghai, such as drugs, weapons, counterfeit goods, and hazardous materials.

  3. Restricted items: Some items are subject to restrictions or require special permits, such as agricultural products, animals, and certain types of electronics.

  4. Tariffs: Customs duties may apply to certain goods that are imported into Shanghai, depending on their value and origin.

  5. Inspection and quarantine: All goods entering Shanghai must undergo inspection and quarantine to ensure they meet health and safety standards.

  6. Export controls: Certain types of goods may require an export license or be subject to export controls to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

It is important to note that Shanghai Customs regulations are subject to change, and it is advisable to consult with a customs broker or the customs authorities directly for the most up-to-date information.