2021 Hong Kong Shipping Instruments Internationally: Packaging and Custom Duties of Guitar, Piano, Violin
Last updated time : 2021-07-26
Wanting to ship your beloved instrument internationally🪕?Notes on easy packaging skills and Customs duties.
With music being the universal language, it’s common nowadays for people to know at least one kind of instruments. If you’re a performer who wants to perform overseas or you’re joining a musical competition, you might wonder how do you ship your beloved instruments internationally? No worries! Fulffy is here to guide you through easy steps of packaging to minimize all damages, as well as all the Customs duties you may have to pay in transportation.
Shipping instruments (small/ medium sized): Guitar, violin, Flute etc.
- 1. Musical instruments are mostly delicate and fragile, so you need to add a few more layers of protection when packing them. Remember to wrap them completely with cushioned materials (such as bubble wrap), and then put them in a separate carton. The space between the instrument and the box must be filled with air bags, foam sheets, foam packaging bags, etc. to fill the empty spaces in the box.
- 2. The carton size should suit the instrument. If it’s too big or too small, the package is more likely to be damaged in transit.
- 3. The opening of the carton must be sealed tightly. The 12 sides of the carton should be sealed with tape, which can give more support to the whole carton, make it firmer, and reduce rotten edges.
- 4. Wrap the outside of the carton tightly with tape (using the cross method). When sealing the box, be careful not to break the tape, and keep turning the box over. The entire tape can ensure the box's strength and avoid sparse damage.
Shipping instruments (large sized): Piano, harp, drum kit, Guzheng etc.
It is rather difficult and complicated for one with no experience to pack by themselves, so we suggest you seek professional help from international moving companies.
Things to note:
⚠️ Musical instruments such as violins and guitars are usually put in their original hard case first before packing in a carton, but remember that the hard case must be filled with cushioning materials.
⚠️ For string instruments, remember to loosen their strings before packing.
Tariffs for shipping instruments for personal use:
You can enjoy tax allowances when sending personal items, so let’s have a look at the requirements of some popular countries before sending musical instruments~
1. Shipping instruments: Hong Kong to UK
Type of items
All personal items or goods, with a total value lower than £135
Presents, with a total value between £135 and £630
2.5%(Certain items may have a lower tariff, you may call the authority to confirm）
Presents, with a total value over £630 or other goods with a total value over £135
Depends on the type of goods and the country of import
Goods imported from non-EU countries and certain areas of the EU are subject to VAT. The current VAT in the UK is 20%.
2. Shipping instruments: Hong Kong to Taiwan
The personal goods allowance for shipping musical instruments from Hong Kong to Taiwan is 2000 TWD.
3. Shipping instruments: Hong Kong to US
The personal goods allowance for shipping musical instruments from Hong Kong to US is 800 USD.
4. Shipping instruments: Hong Kong to Australia
The personal goods allowance for shipping musical instruments from Hong Kong to Australis is 1000 AUD, but it does not include alcoholic beverages, perfumes, tobacco and products that include the above.
5. Shipping instruments: Hong Kong to Canada
The tax allowance for personal use and non-gift items for shipping musical instruments from Hong Kong to Canada is 20 CAD per post.
If you want to learn more about the best packaging skills, go check out our Guide to Best Packaging Tips to Save Courier Fee～
Frequently asked question
How to pack large-sized musical instruments such as pianos?
It is recommended that you use the packing service of an international moving company, as it will be more difficult and complicated to pack by yourself.
What is the tariff for shipping musical instruments?
Each country has different restrictions, but musical instruments used for personal use have the opportunity to be exempt from customs duties.
Is there anything I should pay attention to when packing musical instruments?
String instruments must loosen their strings before packaging and the hard case of the instrument must also be filled with cushioning materials to protect the instrument.