Customs Regulations

Here you’ll find the current customs regulations.
A.M.S. has created these customs regulations for you carefully, but without guarantee to changing regulations. We would also be happy to furnish the particulars for other countries on request.

Australia

Required papers

Customs form B 534
Inventory list
Passport copy
Sea or air waybill

Customs Regulations

Duty-free if the goods consist of used household goods that have been the property of the owner for at least 1 year prior to departure.

Remarks
The customs form B 534 can be filled out by the owner in the country of departure or upon arrival in Australia. The customs clearance of the household goods can take place prior to the owner’s arrival, provided that their arrival takes place no more than 6 months after the arrival of the goods.

China

Required papers

Original passport/import license
Original work permit
Original residence certificate
Copy of company’s business license or copy
of the registration of the representative office
Copy of company’s foreign trading
association-approved certificate

Customs Regulations
Electronic devices such as stereo systems, refrigerators, cameras, computers, etc., as well furniture, wine, groceries, perfume, cosmetics, and cigarettes are declarable. The customs authorities have considerable discretion and will not take declarations of value to calculate customs duties, but rather will take their own values as a basis. The shipment should be timed roughly at the same time as your own arrival. The customer must personally sign the application for an import license and various customs forms.

Remarks
These regulations are for foreigners employed with a foreign company. We ask that you note that customs procedures can vary from city to city and day to day - our agent will give up-to-date advice.

Canada

Required papers

Inventory list in English or French
Passport
Shipping company certificate of arrival

Customs Regulations
Duty-free (for immigrants) if the goods consist of used household goods that have been the property of the owner for at least 1 year prior to departure.

Remarks
The recipient must in all circumstances, be personally present for the customs clearance before a Canadian customs office. No moving company can observe this in place of the client. If the client is not present for the customs clearance at time of arrival, the goods to be moved will be taken to bond - warehouse charges will be incurred.

Japan

Required papers

Import declaration for unaccompanied luggage
Customs form C-5360 for Japanese citizens
Customs form C-5360-2 for foreigners 

Inventory list - English or Japanese

Passports of the person moving and their family

Customs Regulations
Duty-free if the goods consist of used household goods that have been the property of the owner for at least 1 year prior to departure. The owner should have a visa for more than 1 year before they import their household to Japan.

Remarks
The customs form C-5360 (2copies) should be filled out by the owner upon arrival and stamped by the  airport authorities. A stamped copy should be delivered to the agent at the place of destination, along with a copy of your passport, visa stamp, and arrival stamp.

New Zealand

Required papers
Inventory list - English

Original passport

Certificate of insurance

Import declaration

Sea or air waybill

Customs Regulations
Duty-free if the goods consist of used household goods that have been the property of the owner for at least 21 months prior to departure.

Remarks
A residence permit is required for immigrants.

USA

Required papers

US customs form 3299
Inventory list
Passport copy
Sea or air waybill
Supplementary customs declaration for unaccompanied personal effects and household goods
Supplementary US customs service declaration for unaccompanied pieces of luggage

Customs Regulations
Duty-free if the goods consist of used household goods that have been the property of the owner for at least 1 year prior to departure, and the owner will continue to use them at their new residence.

Remarks
The customs form 3299 should be filled out by the owner prior to shipping and the shipping documents should be attached in order to avoid warehousing fees and to facilitate quick customs clearance. The import of food is not permitted; a permit must be applied for in exceptional cases.