Sending care packages is a unique way to celebrate joyous occasions such as the birth of a child or a wedding engagement, it could also be sent to comfort someone who is going through a difficult trial such as recovery from a chronic illness. This has gained further popularity, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as restrictions such as lockdowns and social distancing have made it impossible for anyone to purchase items from physical stores. For instance, Apple Inc. decided to send care parcels to their employees based in China during the COVID-19 pandemic when a continuous lockdown was in force.
In fact, prior to the pandemic, service providers such as GiftBasketsOverseas had already created a trend for those in Hong Kong looking to send gifts to their relatives in the United States. With the growing diaspora of Chinese nationals in the United States, more people are sending care packages to their family members overseas. From an assortment of edible treats to novelty items, sending care packages has created an entirely new segment in Hong Kong’s e-commerce industry. Here are some guidelines you need to know when shipping a care package from Hong Kong to the United States, and how a reliable courier service can help ensure your parcel is shipped safely and arrives right on time.
Here are some care package ideas you can consider for your loved ones in the United States:
Chinese New Year: Costume in Chinese style, non-perishable CNY packaged snacks like cookies and candies
Mid-autumn Festival: Packaged mooncakes, paper lanterns for memorabilia
Christmas: Packaged candies, soft toys, personalised gifts
If you’re sending care packages containing food, you’re advised to contact our team to check whether they will be admissable into the US.
Apparel: Package should include the manufacturer’s name, fibre content, country of origin and care instructions. Any clothing or footwear that contains dog and cat fur is prohibited from entry.
Alcohol & tobacco: All alcohol and tobacco products sent as gifts are subjected to duty.
Household goods/personal effects: Unless they have been used for over a year, household goods are subjected to duty.
Counterfeits: Fake goods cannot be shipped.
When you send a shipment overseas, you need to indicate the total value of your shipment, include a complete list of items and their respective values, while leaving your and your recipients contact details. And here are some essential tips and information before shipping a care package to the United States.
Certification of Origin
Letter of Credit or other payment terms
Bill of Lading or Airway Bill from Hong Kong to the United States
Should you be sending a care package as a gift, you won’t have to pay any duties unless the total value of your shipment goes beyond US$100. However, any alcohol or tobacco products will be subject to duty charge. Also, you must ensure all your paperwork is in order and make all duty payments to ensure seamless transit.
If you are shipping fragile products or items of high value in your care package, consider insurance to protect them from damage or loss. When you ship with DHL Express, shipment insurance would typically cost about HK$60 or 2.10% of the insured value, whichever is higher.
There are many options and decisions to make when it comes to shipping a care package from Hong Kong to the United States. However, our convenient and versatile international delivery services can handle everything for you.
Through DHL Express, customers can effortlessly ship parcels overseas. With our Track and Trace feature, customers can track their shipments quickly and know when their shipments will arrive. Open a DHL Express business account and start shipping with us today.