Moving to Macau

Country Guide

Country Guide: Macau

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Updated: November 23, 2015

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.

Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook Entry for Macau

Wikipedia Entry for Macau