Country Guide: Macau

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Updated: November 23, 2015

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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), cigars (50 - each not to exceed 3 g), cigarillos (100),  tobacco (250 g)
    • MOP (Macau Pataca) 0.2/cigarette plus 10% FOB (Freight on Board) value for cigarettes. MOP 280/kilo plus 10% FOB value for cigar (FOB value should be verified by the Economic Department). A detailed list 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 list 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.


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IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.