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Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required                                          

  • Copy of passport
  • Detailed inventory
  • Packing list
  • Ocean bill of lading (OBL) / airway bill (AWB), with name matching that in passport

Specific Information

  • All air shipments are physically inspected by Customs at the air terminal.
    • The average time for clearance after arrival is approximately 1-2 days.
  • Sea shipments arriving from within Asia will normally undergo a physical Customs inspection.
  • The average time for Customs clearance is 2-4 days for full container load shipments (FCL) and 4-6 days for less than container load (LCL) shipments.
  • Shipments arriving from other countries will not normally undergo Customs inspection and can be available for delivery within 2-3 days for FCL shipments and 3-5 days for LCL shipments.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

  • Original purchase invoice
  • Certificate of insurance
  • OBL / AWB

Specific Information

  • Used automobiles cannot be imported.
  • New vehicles, left-hand and right-hand drive, may be imported, but must be handled by a professional automobile importer.
    • They are subject to a substantial government tax.


Documents Required

  • Import permit

Specific Information

  • Quarantine may be required depending on the type of animal and the country of origin.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Explosives, arms and ammunition (a firearm certificate from the Police Department is required).
  • Drugs and medicines must be imported as accompanied baggage only.
  • Personal computers, including laptops, must only contain only original software under copyright law.
  • Items can be imported for personal use or consumption as identified in Table 1 of Chief Executive Order No. 368/2006: 
    • Cigarettes (200)
      • MOP (Macau Pataca) 0.2/cigarette plus 10% FOB (Freight on Board) value for cigarettes.
    • Cigars (50 - each not to exceed 3 g)
      • MOP 280/kilo plus 10% FOB value for cigar (FOB value should be verified by the Economic Department).
    • Cigarillos (100),  tobacco (250 g)
    • A detailed inventory including quantity, brand name, unit price and costs, insurance, and freight (CIF) value is required prior to before shipment arrival.
    • Grape wine and other beverages of alcoholic strength by volume not exceeding 30% volume (1 L).
    • Beverages of alcoholic strength by volume exceeding 30% volume (1 L)
    • Wine and liquor with an alcoholic strength of 30% or less is duty free.
    • Volume exceeding 30% is MOP 20.00/L plus 10% FOB value.
    • A detailed wine inventory with quantity, brand name, volume, price per bottle, and total value is required.
      • FOB value should be verified by the Economic Department in Macau.

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Knives and deadly weapons
  • Endangered species of animals and plants
  • Radioactive substances
  • Counterfeit items
  • Pornographic materials

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

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Movguru note: These policies can change as per customs regulations at any time without notice. Treat this document as informative guide. Movguru has published this document as guide only for information purpose on its sole discretion and holds no depiction of expressing or inferred to the precision or applicability of its content.
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