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So, you are ready to relocate to China. Have you planned how to relocate all your belongings whether it’s household, industrial machinery or pets? If not, then need not to worry as Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd are here to serve you best in terms of international packing and moving of your household belongings as well as delivering them safely to your new address in a new country.

Being an associate member of IAM (International Association of Movers), we take pride in making numerous successful moves to every corner of the world including China. Possessing a great network of relocation services all around China, we are serving numerous people, who are moving to china with our effective services. Shifting assistant will be appointed for you, who will look after all your relocation needs i.e. from packing to moving. High-quality packing material, as well as safety measures, is applied by us to make sure that your goods get shifted properly. We take full responsibility for your relocation, so just sit relax and read more about China.

China: A Country with Fast-Growing Economy

China is a huge country located within Southern Asia with the largest population all around the world. This is the country which is connected to 14 other countries by borders. The official language spoken all around the nation is Chinese. Depending upon the country’s size that is very huge, the climate is diverse as it varies from region to region. Currency used within the country is Yuan. The economy of China is growing rapidly and it is the world’s largest importer and exporter of goods. Due to this growing economy, lots of people from different nations migrate to this country every year. Freedom of religion is issued by the constitution of China, whereas Confucianism, Buddhism, and Taoism are the major religions to be practiced all around China. China is also world-famous for its cuisine as people of every nation eat Chinese food. China also surrounds numerous spots of attraction because of which lots of people prefers relocation to China every year. Migrating to China is an advantageous decision as a great lifestyle is waiting in China for everyone. Migrating to any other country needs Visa, the same goes for China.

Let’s go through different types of Visas required to enter in China:

Tourist Visa (L Visa): This visa is issued to foreigners who travel to the country for a short period like not more than 30 days. It is completely illegal to work on this type of visa.

Employment Visa (Z Visa): This visa is issued to those who are taking up employment in China. In context to obtain this visa, you must have a work permit from your employer.

Student Visa (X Visa): This visa is issued to students or interns who need to stay in the country for 6 months or more. To get this Visa, you require permit letter from Chinese school, college or the company.

Foreigner Residence Permit: This residence permit is applicable for once in a year when you move to China as well as in possession of an employment visa.

Permanent Residence Visa (D Visa): This visa is issued for 10 years to those people who want to stay in China permanently. This type of visa is hard to obtain.

Documents Required for Relocating to china with Household Goods:
  • Passport along with the residence permit (at least 1year)
  • Baggage Declaration Form, if applicable
  • Detailed Inventory list in English and Chinese language
  • List of Alcohol/ Wine
  • Original work permit (at least 1 year)
  • Original passport along with diplomatic visa (Diplomats)
  • Arrival Notice
  • Import permit
  • Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL)/ Air Waybill (AWB)/ Telex Release
  • Pro-forma Invoice
  • Residence
  • A Separate list of electronic items

Passport with the Residence Permit

If you want to relocate and live in China for long time then, it depends on your residence permit too that allows you to stay in the country. As soon as you arrive to China, you get one month duration to obtain that particular residence permit. This works as the multiple-entry visa allowing you to leave country and return back without any other additional visa as long as visa remains valid (even after your original visa expires).

To get residence permit, you have to give these documents- your passport with respective visa you are applying for, your registration for residence, respective application form, one passport size photograph and your job contract (if applicable).

Baggage Declaration Form, if applicable

Every country has its own customs regulations indicating which all items you are allowed to carry along with you when you enter or move out of that particular country and so do China has. These things are declared and duty taxes have to be paid on them. At the time of relocation you have to fill that particular form indicating all such items that are prohibited to be transported.

If you found carry them then you will probably be confiscated and investigation will be held. Repercussions will be worse once you pass through the customs.

Detailed Inventory list in English and Chinese language

While moving to China, you must have check list of your all the essential items basically customs inventory list in a standard format consisting of every detailed information. This list is in English as well as Chinese language so that it is understandable to the authorities responsible for shipping. Some of the items included in this list are-

  • Electronics & Appliances (indicating make, model, serial number)
  • Sporting & Exercise Equipment
  • Carpets (indicating sizes)
  • Musical Instruments
  • Item use outside the home (e.g. storage sheds)
  • Other categories (clothing, books, toys, kitchenware, decoration, pictures, etc.)

List of Alcohol/ Wine for International Relocation China

Passengers as well as the persons who want to relocate to China can bring such items based on the norms of the country to which they are moving into. For this, you can check with the Chinese Government and Embassy.

Original work permit (at least 1 year)

This document confirms your employment status in China, if you are moving for the purpose of the getting employed. It is issued to any foreigner who is eligible for the same. The process of acquiring this permit is based on the three-tier talent grading system for expatriates, having their own individual benefits and validity. You must hold this document if you are planning to relocate to China for either short or long term.

Original passport along with diplomatic visa (Diplomats)

Of course when you are travelling to China you need Visa too along with your passport. So, this particular document is must to have with you if you are visiting the country for official purpose. According to the rules of the country, one must have valid passport along with diplomatic visa for entering into the country.

Arrival Notice

This document takes into consideration of your arrival to China. It is a form of visa that checks your current status, i.e. your eligibility criteria for entering into the country. At some entry ports in China such as- Beijing, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, etc. the regions demands for visa on arrival that depends on the rules & regulations of the place. 

Import permit

Only long-term non-residents like- foreigners, citizens from Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan and returning Chinese who stayed in China for at least one year are permitted to import their personal possessions duty-free to the country. So, those visitors who belongs to this category can formally apply for Import permit with local Custom Office located in the country after submitting documents such as-

  • Original Passport
  • Original Resident Permit
  • Original Work Permit
  • Representative Card (for RO employees)
  • Ocean Bill of lading/ Air Way Bill
  • Inventory Packing List (detailed)
  • Application form with shipper’s signature

Ocean Bill of Lading (OBL)/ Air Waybill (AWB)/ Telex Release

These documents are considered as the proof of your cargo or freight shipment done via air or sea. Ocean Bill of Lading is a receipt or contract between you for transporting your huge volumes of commercial goods through sea. On the other hand, if you use air freight, an Air Way Bill is issued to you. Therefore, you should have these when you want to carry your commercial items to China.

Pro-forma Invoice

It is the form of invoice or sales contract which is used for creation of sales and is provided by the seller to buyer on his/her request before the placement of order. These are preliminary invoices used along with quotation for custom purposes while importing or exporting your goods to the country. Hence, if you are into this business, then you should have this document while moving to China.


For individuals who are relocating to China temporarily for job training should have residence permit valid for 6-12 months whereas standard residence permits are issued to foreigners working in China valid for 1 year and are renewable annually. You should have this document along with valid passport at the time of travelling. It gives you legal right to live in the country and on arrival you have one month’s duration to obtain this permit.

A Separate list of electronic items

This is again a type of separate inventory list of electronic products that are allowed to carry to China when you planned to relocate because there are certain items that are known to be hazardous while moving to and from this country, either these belongs to household or commercial category.

Do's or Don't

For those, who are facing problems in shifting their homes, offices or studios from one place to another, we are here to help. Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. makes sure that "Nothing other than the place changes..." as we clearly understand how tedious and stressful packing and moving can be.

This stress could even result in total disaster sometimes, if certain important things are not kept in mind. On the contrary, if the act of packing is made efficiently and intelligently, moving can be made much simpler.

The Do’s


  • The primary step that counts is the advance planning of your move.
  • The next comes in this list is making a checklist to avoid any problem in future.
  • Then comes the Sensible Packing, that means, to assemble all the tools and objects that you are going to need. For this purpose, first make a list of all your requirements for the same, including the entire primary and smaller objects; start with boxes.
  • Make use of uniformly sized boxes, so that they stack together neatly. As for the big boxes, start with a small number, now double that number of medium-sized boxes that can easily be stacked on top of these big boxes, and add a very large number of small boxes (as they serve the maximum of our purpose).
  • These boxes should be sturdy, durable as they will be holding up through multiple moves, keeping your things intact and safe, and making your investment worth the money.
  • Moreover, to make sure that in what box you have stored which certain distinctive item, it should be labeled with appropriate stickers.
  • A zero-transshipment to prevent breakage should also be kept in mind.
  • The vehicle that is going to be used for the relocation and moving should be properly made ready for long distance, so that no delays or hampering could be faced during the traveling of the delicate and priceless belongings.
  • Proper insurance of the goods being traveled should also been made, so that in case of any road accident or loss or theft, you can claim your approximate value.

The Don’ts


  • Don't rush to the act of packaging without a proper layout that may lead to the skipping of unnoticed and small but crucial steps in the packing procedure.
  • The fragile items or the delicate ones should not be packed along with the durable or heavier ones.
  • Loose bundling of the boxes or the items inside may also lead to the breakage or damage of the goods being packed and moved.
  • The vehicle or the mode of transportation that is being finalized for the shifting purpose must have passed all the necessary clearance and proper servicing done already, so that real time chaos can be avoided.
  • One personnel at least of the company you are hiring for the shifting should accompany your goods till the destination.
  • Do not rush into while hiring packing and moving company otherwise you will be caught in false promises and fake services.
  • Avoid getting attracted towards discounted offers from the moving firm as it is one of the ways through which your precious money will be lost.
  • In case you have huge volume of goods then do not rent trucks or trailers that have less space otherwise you have to spend more money in making more than one moving trip.
  • Do not pack and move your furniture or electrical appliances (if applicable) without dismantling because it will increase the burden on packing boxes.
  • It is advisable not to mix up packed and unpacked items together. By doing so, your most of the time will be consumed.

Rules & Regulations

Moving beyond the boundaries of country can be quite daunting as well as exciting. There must be the excitement of exploring new places, meeting the people from different cultures and learning new things at new location. Specifically, for those people who have never been to abroad before, the level of excitement must be at its peak along with a worry about the safe and smooth relocation of his or her possessions to new place.

In order to maintain your excitement and enjoy uncomplicated international relocation, “pre-planning” can be the effective and best thing to reduce your stress. Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd. has prepared this comprehensive guide to plan your hassle-free and smooth overseas move. In this guide, you will find the steps to be followed and the documents you will require for your move. Also, from where you can obtain the documents, where to apply and suggestion for settling in the country; all will be provided in this guide.

Few aspects of International moving guide are:

Understand your moving needs
Plan your move
Accrue necessary and required documents
Hire reliable and experienced relocation company

We possess a team of experts who have experience in overseas relocations, safely transporting to your possessions at your desired destination. We are there to help you from custom clearance to final reach of your goods to your residence. At Agarwal Packers and Movers Ltd, we pay attention towards the customer satisfaction. From past three decades, we have been successful in proving ours’ this commitment. So, just get connected with us and call us +91-9310004321 for further guidance.

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