Known as Asia’s World City, Fragrant Harbor and Pearl of the Orient, Hong Kong is one of the United States’ biggest trading partners. That means a lot of goods pass between the two borders.
If you’re someone who does business with Hong Kong, then chances are you’ll need to ship something there at some point. Before shipping, you probably have some questions about how long it will take and how much it will cost. This article will answer all of your questions!
Does USPS Ship To Hong Kong In 2023?
USPS ships to Hong Kong. Four shipping options are available. These include Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International and First-Class Package International Service. Delivery times range from a minimum of 1 business day with Global Express to a maximum of 4 weeks with First-Class Package International. Prices start at $15.75.
If you’ve still got questions about shipping to Hong Kong, then be sure to read the rest of the article.
Which Shipping Options Does USPS Offer For Hong Kong?
You have four options to choose from when using USPS to ship your package to Hong Kong. They include: Global Express Guaranteed, Priority Mail Express International, Priority Mail International and First-Class Package International Service.
Here’s what you can expect from each service:
Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)
Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) provides date-certain delivery to Hong Kong in 1-3 business days. If your package takes longer to arrive, USPS will refund your postage as part of their money-back guarantee.
GXG packages can be tracked door-to-door and come with up to $100 of insurance. You’ll also receive a free GXG shipping kit complete with envelopes, labels and stickers when purchasing this option.
Priority Mail Express International
Priority Mail Express International is another rapid delivery service offered by USPS. With this service, your package should arrive in 3-5 business days.
Be aware that USPS actually offers two Priority Mail Express International shipping options—one with a money-back guarantee and one without.
It’s also worth noting that only some countries are eligible for the money-back guarantee. Hong Kong is one of the countries eligible for this service, but you must request the service and pay extra for it.
In addition to the money-back guarantee, Priority Mail Express International packages going to Hong Kong also benefit from USPS insurance coverage.
This insurance includes up to $100 for non-negotiable document reconstruction and up to $200 for merchandise loss, damage or missing contents.
Priority Mail International
Priority Mail International is the economy shipping option for packages going to Hong Kong.
This service takes 6-10 business days and comes with both tracking and insurance (up to $100 for non-negotiable document reconstruction and up to $200 for merchandise loss, damage or missing contents).
First-Class Package International Service
USPS’ First-Class Package International Service is the most economical way to ship small packages (under 4 pounds) to Hong Kong.
As the cheapest option, First-Class Package International Service is also quite slow, with delivery taking anywhere from 1-4 weeks.
What’s more, packages sent through this service don’t come with insurance or tracking. You can purchase insurance as an add-on service, but tracking is not available.
How Long Does USPS Shipping To Hong Kong Take?
Shipping times to Hong Kong will vary depending on the service you choose. Here are estimated shipping times for various USPS services.
|Service Name||Delivery Time|
|Global Express Guaranteed||1-3 business days|
|Priority Mail Express International||3-5 business days|
|Priority Mail International||6-10 business days|
|First-Class Package International||1-4 weeks|
Can I Track My USPS Package To Hong Kong?
You can track your packages going to Hong Kong. Both Global Express Guaranteed and Priority Mail Express International come with delivery status information that you can check using the Track & Confirm tool.
Tracking is also available on Priority Mail International packages going to Hong Kong, however, it isn’t available for Flat Rate Envelopes or Flat Rate Small Boxes.
First-Class Package International tracking is not available when shipping to Hong Kong.
How Much Does It Cost To Ship To Hong Kong With USPS?
Your shipping costs will vary depending on the service you select and the weight of your package. Here are the starting costs for each of USPS’ international shipping options:
|Service Name||Starting Price|
|Global Express Guaranteed||$87.05|
|Priority Mail Express International||$72.50†|
|Priority Mail International||$57.50†|
|First-Class Package International||$15.75|
Additionally, you can use USPS’ Price Calculator tool to estimate the cost ahead of time if you know the weight and dimensions of your package.
† Flat-rate pricing available on select boxes/envelopes
Who Delivers USPS Packages In Hong Kong?
USPS assures delivery to Hong Kong, but Hongkong Post takes over delivery once packages arrive in the country.
What Items Can’t I Ship To Hong Kong With USPS?
There are a number of items that you’re prohibited from shipping to Hong Kong. Here we provide a sample list of prohibited items, however, it is not exhaustive.
If you have any questions or doubts, check out the Hong Kong Customs website for more details.
You may not ship the following items to Hong Kong:
- Radioactive material
- Radio equipment and mobile phones
- Hazardous chemicals or other controlled substances
- Animals or goods made from animals (e.g. milk, meat)
- Firearms, ammunition and explosives
- Drugs, medicines and pharmaceuticals
Shipping from the United States to Hong Kong is relatively fast and affordable. In fact, USPS can get your packages to Hong Kong in a matter of days if you select one of the more expensive shipping options.
In most cases, your package will also come with insurance and a tracking number, meaning you can rest easy about your items arriving quickly and safely.