An Import Licence Application, supported with valid documents, (EXPORT PERMITS, LICENCES, INVOICES, ETC..) should be made to this Department well IN ADVANCE – AT LEAST 4 WEEKS for document processing PLUS transit time of freighting to Hong Kong .The issue of a licence, however, is by no means automatic, in certain situations, licences may be refused.
Please note, an Import Licence MUST be obtained IN ADVANCE, i.e. PRIOR to shipment of your cargo to Hong Kong Airport / Seaport.
That is to say, you must NOT despatch cargo of this nature until confirmation has been received from the OFFICIAL FREIGHT FORWARDER that your Import Licence has been obtained on your behalf – “PLEASE WAIT FOR THE GREEN LIGHT FROM SCHENKER “
N.B. It is an offence for the cargo to arrive in HONG KONG without an import licence. Penalties including forfeiture of specimens, fines or even IMPRISONMENT may be imposed.
An Export Permit or Cites Papers alone are not sufficient for legal importation of exotics to HONG KONG.
*** ALL CITES SHIPMENTS, EXHIBITORS ARE REQUIRED TO PACK THEIR SAMPLES WITH PROPERLY PACKED (UNDER STRONG WOODEN BOX) IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY DAMAGE DURING TRANSPORATION ***
Inbound extra charges:
Outbound extra charges for CITIES shipment are same as above inbound tariff
** Deadline of supported document: Approx 1 month before the show open **
Some of the more common groups of endangered species (whether alive, dead, stuffed specimen, parts or derivatives thereof, e.g. meats, skins, scale, ivory) that are controlled under the Ordinance are listed hereunder for reference:
eagle and hawk
monkey and ape
asiatic bontongue fish
crocodile and alligator
wild cats (e.g. tiger, leopard, cheetah, lynx, leopard cat)
Sheep Skins (Ovis ammon aries, ovis ammon hodgsonii, ovis ammon nigrimontana)
Deadline for documents
Deadline for documents – commercial invoice/packing lists, export CITES permits, exhibitor contract with organizer… etc.): 9 Feb 2024.
Deadline for documents – commercial invoice/packing lists: 26 Feb 2024.
Deadline for shipment arrival at HK
General cargoes or CITES cargoes:
Overseas exhibits direct to HK seaport by sea LCL: 29 Feb – 2 Mar 2024.
Overseas exhibits direct to HK airport by air: 7 – 8 Mar 2024.