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2021 Shipping Hong Kong Traditional Food: Glutinous Rice Dumplings, Rice Balls, Moon Cakes

Last updated time : 2021-11-30

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2021 Shipping Hong Kong Traditional Food: Glutinous Rice Dumplings, Rice Balls, Moon Cakes

 

Due to the pandemic, Fulffy knows that many netizens have family and friends who cannot return to Hong Kong, and may miss the opportunity to spend the festive season together. To help them feel less homesick, Fulffy has specially sorted out the various import restrictions on Hong Kong’s traditional cuisine and seasonal food in popular countries, hoping to help everyone unite and enjoy the festive seasons together.

 

Today, Fulffy will talk about the things you need to know about sending moon cakes, Dragon Boat Festival rice dumplings, rice cakes, carrot cakes and glutinous rice balls~

 

Mooncake

Hong Kong moon cakes, sent overseas

⚠️Sending snowy moon cakes and ice cream moon cakes is prohibited in all countries

Taiwan🇹🇼

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing meat
  2. 2. The total weight of each shipment must not exceed 6KG, if it exceeds, it needs to be approved by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration
  3. 3. The total value cannot exceed NT$3000
  4. 4. The recipient and sender addresses must fill in the private address
  5.  

Japan🇯🇵

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing meat
  2. 2. Commercial use or mooncakes weighing more than 10KG need to provide an import permit to the Japanese authorities
  3. 3. The weight below 5KG does not require quarantine certificate and certificate of origin, but the mooncake box needs to list the ingredients and expiration date; if the weight is more than 5KG, the receiver needs to provide the animal and plant quarantine certificate and the sender provide the certificate of origin
  4.  

Korea🇰🇷

  1. 1. The total weight of each shipment shall not exceed 0.5KG
  2. 2. The total value cannot exceed USD 100
  3. 3. Mooncake shelf life needs to be more than 1 month
  4. 4. Commercial use requires an import permit

UK🇬🇧

  1. 1. It is prohibited to send moon cakes containing meat and egg yolks
  2. 2. Mooncake shelf life needs to be more than 1 month
  3. 3. You must apply for an import permit before sending all mooncakes
  4.  

USA🇺🇸

  1. 1. It is prohibited to send moon cakes containing meat and egg yolks
  2. 2. Mooncakes originating in China, South Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Indonesia, Japan, Cambodia and Macau cannot be sent
  3. 3. Mooncakes that can be sent need to apply for a Prior Notice to the US Food and Drug Administration, and indicate the confirmation number on the detail sheet
  4.  

Australia🇦🇺

  1. 1. It is prohibited to send moon cakes containing meat, egg yolks, dried fruits, grapefruit, taro and other ingredients
  2. 2. Mooncakes with pure lotus paste fillings are acceptable for delivery
  3. 3. The recipient and sender addresses must fill in the private address
  4. 4. It must be marked as a holiday gift when sending
  5.  

New Zealand🇳🇿

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing egg yolk and honey
  2. 2. You must apply for an import permit before sending other mooncakes
  3. 3. The recipient and sender addresses must fill in the private address
  4.  

Canada🇨🇦

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing meat and egg yolk, and provide relevant documents
  2. 2. The recipient and sender addresses must fill in the private address
  3.  

Thailand🇹🇭

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing honey
  2. 2. The total weight of each shipment shall not exceed 0.5KG
  3. 3. The recipient and sender addresses must fill in the private address
  4. 4. It must be marked as a holiday gift when sending
  5.  

Singapore🇸🇬

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing meat
  2. 2. No more than 5 boxes can be sent each time
  3. 3. The total value cannot exceed S$300, if it exceeds SGD, you need to apply for a food import permit
  4.  

Malaysia🇲🇾

  1. 1. It is forbidden to send moon cakes containing pork

Vietnam🇻🇳

  1. 1. The total weight of each shipment shall not exceed 0.5KG
  2. 2. The recipient and sender address must fill in the private address
  3. 3. It must be marked as a holiday gift when sending.

 

Glutinous Rice Dumplings

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⚠️International express delivery generally does not accept shipments that require refrigeration, so everyone should avoid sending foods that require refrigeration, such as rice dumplings with meat and perishable fillings.

Japan🇯🇵

  1. 1. The total weight of each shipment shall not exceed 10KG, if it exceeds, the customs clearance agent will be required to handle customs clearance
  2.  
  3. 2. It is necessary to apply for an import permit from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare

Korea🇰🇷

1. The invoice needs to clearly state the reason for import and the number of the goods

UK🇬🇧

1. All rice dumplings containing eggs are not allowed to be sent

2. The recipient needs to apply for an import permit

3. The reason for import and the name of the food should be clearly stated on the invoice

USA🇺🇸

1. All rice dumplings containing eggs are not allowed to be sent

2. The ingredients need to be clearly listed on the invoice

3. You need to apply for a Prior Notice Number from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, but you can get exemption if you indicate "individual to individual food item for non-commercial purpose"

Australia🇦🇺

1. All rice dumplings containing egg and meat ingredients are not allowed to be sent

New Zealand🇳🇿

1. All rice dumplings containing egg and meat ingredients are not allowed to be sent

Canada🇨🇦

1. The total weight must not exceed 10KG each time

2. The package will pass through the US and then enter Canada, so it is recommended to refer to the US entry restrictions

Thailand🇹🇭

1. It is forbidden to import all rice dumplings containing beef ingredients

2. The recipient needs to apply for an import permit to the Thai Food and Drug Administration

Singapore🇸🇬

1. All rice dumplings containing beef ingredients need to apply for an import permit

2. If the total value exceeds S$400, UEN must be provided (Unique Entity Number)

 

Rice cakes, radish cakes

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Rice cakes are baked and processed products, and generally they can be sent overseas. But everyone should pay attention:

  1. 1. Any processed food containing meat and eggs cannot be mailed.
  2. 2. Food needs to be stored at room temperature
  3. 3. List the name and ingredients of the food before shipping

 

Glutinous rice balls

Glutinous rice balls, ship overseas

Glutinous rice balls need to be kept frozen, and international express delivery generally does not accept shipments that require refrigeration. So Fulffy suggests that you don’t send glutinous rice balls and send other traditional HK foods instead.

 

 

 

Frequently asked question

Which countries expressly prohibit the receiving and sending of moon cakes?

Currently 34 countries prohibit the receipt and delivery of moon cakes, including: Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Qatar, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Burundi, Gabon, Ethiopia, Sudan, Libya.


Which countries prohibit the entry of rice dumplings by mail?

There are currently 23 countries that prohibit the receipt and sending of zongzi, including: Germany, France, Denmark, Spain, Belgium, Hungary, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Mexico, Brazil, Uruguay, Colombia, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Philippines, Qatar, India, Indonesia.


What should I do if I am still not sure whether the food I want to mail meets the restrictions?

It is recommended to confirm directly with the official, and you can email the competent authority responsible for the food to obtain an official response to reduce the risk of rejection.