CIM Mover https://cimmover.com Connects Lives | Beijing Mover | Moving Service China Fri, 18 Dec 2020 07:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.14 https://cimmover.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/cropped-CIM-HOUSE-LOGO-FINAL-32x32.png CIM Mover https://cimmover.com 32 32 The Era of Sky-high Customs Duty is Over? https://cimmover.com/2020/12/16/the-era-of-sky-high-customs-duty-is-over/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-era-of-sky-high-customs-duty-is-over Wed, 16 Dec 2020 03:32:03 +0000 https://cimmover.com/?p=2515 The China Ministry of Finance recently announced a significant revision of customs duty regulations for import shipments into China through major ports & airports. Under the previous regulations, customs duties for foreign passport holders processing a first import of a 20’ft container could range from USD 2000 to USD 6000, sometimes, the fee for customs duties & taxes was more […]

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The China Ministry of Finance recently announced a significant revision of customs duty regulations for import shipments into China through major ports & airports.

Under the previous regulations, customs duties for foreign passport holders processing a first import of a 20’ft container could range from USD 2000 to USD 6000, sometimes, the fee for customs duties & taxes was more than the total shipping cost, double the value of the goods in some cases.

This new regulation is a good news for those who are planning to relocate to China as this is expected to significantly lower the cost of international shipments into China.

Regulation with announcement No. A05920200038, which replaces the previous regulation implemented since 1994, specifies 20 categories of goods that are no longer subject to customs duties.

These 20 categories include:   

  • Televisions
  • Video cameras
  • VCRs
  • Video players
  • Audio equipment
  • Air conditioners
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Washing machines
  • Cameras
  • Copiers
  • Program-controlled telephone switches
  • Microcomputers and peripherals
  • Telephones
  • Wireless paging systems
  • Fax machines
  • Electronic calculators
  • Typewriters and word processing machines
  • Furniture
  • Lamps
  • Foodstuffs including spices, meat and dairy products, aquatic products, fruits, beverages, alcohol etc.

The new regulation does not apply specifically to import of household goods. What’s more, as is usual in China, its implementation may vary from province to province  based upon the interpretation of each provincial customs authority. 

Below is a summary of how this new regulation is currently being implemented across the country.

Beijing and Tianjin

The duty-free policy for 20 types of goods imported by foreigners with long-term residence permits is being implemented. However, there is currently noinformation about when it will actually come into force.

  • Foreigners with long-term residence permits can import the 20 types of goods listed above duty-free. However, any single item with a value above CNY5000 is subject to customs duty. Up to 15 golf clubs can be imported duty-free; clubs in excess of that number will be subject to duty. Pianos valued at more than CNY5000 are subject to duty.
  • Foreigners with short-term visas are subject to full tax.
  • Chinese citizens returning to China will pay duty on single items with a value over CNY 1,000. Up to 10 books and 20 CDS and DVDS are exempt from duty & tax.
  • Foodstuffs are still subject to quarantine inspection.

Yantze River Delta Region (including Shanghai & Nanjing)

The latest Shanghai regulations concerning the duty-free import of personal effects are as follows:

Foreigners:

  • Permanent residents and non-residents with long-term residence permits are exempt from tax on their first-time import shipment to China.
  • First-time importers are defined as importers who are applying for a Chinese import permit for the first time.
  • The above 20 categories of goods are duty free provided the shipment is the applicant’s first entry into China and the quantities are deemed reasonable.
  • From the second shipment onwards, shipments will be dutiable as before.
  • Foodstuffs remain subject to quarantine inspection and authorization.
  • Items exceeding a reasonable amount for self-use shall be returned to the country of origin or abandoned, except where the “reasonable amount” can be proved with relevant documents such as family document (residence permit is a must).

For the time being, a reasonable quantity of goods is defined as follows:

  • Books- 700 (max. 1500 books are allowed to be imported)
  • Audio and video products(CD,MD, CD, tape, etc.)- 300 pieces
  • Visual speaker products(DVD, videotape, etc.) -200 pieces,
  • Golf clubs- 26
  • Milk powder- 6 kilograms
  • Alcohol: 2 bottles duty-free, 2 bottles subjected to duty, max.4 bottles allowed
  • Upright pianos are exempt from customs duty in Shanghai, baby grand pianos cannot be imported.

The Shanghai customs regulations apply to personal effects imported into the Yangtze River Delta, including Wuxi, Suzhou, Kunshan, Ningbo, Nanjing etc.

Unfortunately, for Chinese returning to places listed above, duty & tax still applies as in the previous regulations.

PRD (Pearl River Delta) Region Including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, etc.

At present, Guangzhou Customs will not impose any tax on the first shipment of permanent residents, non-resident with long-term residence permits, provided that goods imported do not exceed a reasonable self-use amount. The power of interpretation lies with the Customs. Up to 13 golf clubs can be imported. There is no specific requirement on the quantity of books, CDS etc. that can be imported.

Returning Chinese still have to pay duty & tax for import shipments into this area.

Other Cities, Including Dalian, Chengdu, Wuhan

Customs authorities in these cities have not yet released information on how the new regulation will be implemented.

Please note that the implementation of the new regulation will likely evolve over time and across provinces, with implementation issues in certain cities. What’s more, some customs officers may still consider that customs duties are payable. Nevertheless, the regulation is welcome news because it will considerably lower the cost of relocations into China.

For more details please click the link to official Ministry of Finance announcement (In Chinese only):

Source

Disclaimer:

Implementation of customs regulations in China can vary widely across regions and can change at any time without notice. The above is for information purposes only and CIM Mover cannot be held liable.

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Human Resources Role in Employee Retention https://cimmover.com/2019/06/04/human-resources-role-in-employee-retention/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=human-resources-role-in-employee-retention Tue, 04 Jun 2019 12:17:19 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2481 Talent acquisition and employee retention is one of HR’s main roles and this should not come as a surprise. Employer’s best resources and biggest expense are the people who bring creativity, skills and ultimately profitability to the company. Any employer disregarding that fact is faced with a large turnover and a growing dissatisfaction with their […]

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Talent acquisition and employee retention is one of HR’s main roles and this should not come as a surprise. Employer’s best resources and biggest expense are the people who bring creativity, skills and ultimately profitability to the company. Any employer disregarding that fact is faced with a large turnover and a growing dissatisfaction with their new hires. When losing your best talent keeps leaving you, you are bound to end up with new hires that are less well matched for your needs. Finding good talent now requires your talent management team to think border-less. Disregard the employee’s location and consider relocating your newly acquired talent or relocating your current talent in position that suit better your company. But it always comes with a good dose of risk.

Not all employees are willing to relocate and even though some are up for it, they might not have a high level of commitment to the organization. Retention rate usually drops after relocation either because a new location brings them new opportunities, or they are dissatisfied with their new situation. So how to can you avoid that?

HR’s Role in Employee Retention

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First, HR must consider a turn-key solution to offer their relocated employees. This comes with a comprehensive strategy that covers policies, salary and relocation services such as household moves and family moves. First, the policy should cover both the employee and the employer for such a big move. Usually divided in three categories, such as new employees, seniors and executives. Each level require specific needs. The higher the level, the higher the cost for relocating your employee. This comes simply from the fact that higher tier employees such as executives have to give up on a lot more than just an apartment. They usually come with a family, a big house and they have to leave behind a business community they built for themselves. So they will require a pay adjustment that is convincing enough to leave everything behind to make an international move.

So HR will have to consider offering help with buying and selling houses, covering moving expenses, offer family support and make sure the payback clauses are clear. In most cases, as an HR specialist, you will outsource most of those services. Although most company tend to aim for a cheaper price, this comes at a greater risk. For example, hiring a cheap international relocation company to move to China might create delays, broken household goods and hidden costs due to overseas shipping. An HR specialist should look for the experience that a company has to offer and their level of service during the whole process.

Choosing the Right Vendors

Outsourcing will cut your costs provided you chose wisely your vendor. Otherwise, you will find yourself paying for a lot more than extra expenses. First, the organization needs to define the goals of the relocation and setup a realistic budget for it. Planning the process will allow you to find the right vendor at the right time and avoid extra delays that might cause your employee frustration and decrease their potential for retention.

Negotiating Contracts

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The same principle as finding the right vendor, HR should also plan carefully their employee relocation. Aiming for the cheapest price with a vendor can live you open to other problems. Aiming for a complete service for your needs will help you and your employee go through a smooth process. For example, when dealing with a relocation company or a moving company, you should make sure that your moving company is connected to a wide network that can offer services in each country like Harmony Relocation.

Employee Relocation Benefits

Now to go the extra mile to convince your employer about relocation, some key numbers might prove helpful. First off, know that even if your employee is happy, there’s still 40% of employees that consider changing their job in the next year. Mostly, the leave for higher wages (56%), overall benefits (29%) or career advancement opportunities (21%). Given that only 29% of organisations offer relocation benefits, this shows how little opportunities are seized by organisation out there. Being able to offer such a unique solution will allow you to get employees that are more skilled and more likely to engage and evolve in your company.

GOOD READ: What HR Should Consider When Relocating

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It comes to no surprise that HR should consider relocation strategy of their employees in order to keep talent inside their company or even to hire the best talent out there. But when offering a relocation package to an employee, one should aspects such as pay adjustments, buying and selling houses and moving whole family and houses abroad. Here’s an overview of what an HR specialist should think of when building a relocation package for an employee.

Bonuses and Pay Adjustments

This point comes first as its usually the tipping point for convincing employees in making an international move to work for a company. The health of the job market and the opportunity to grow inside the company while being abroad represents a very important package to consider. On top of that, cost-of-living should also be considered in the pay adjustments to avoid losing your talent to nearby competition.

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Housing Location

Providing an optimal location for your employee is also necessary. Not only should the work proximity be considered but also nearby amenities. These amenities include things like school location for the kids, local services and daily life. Speaking of housing, when moving an employee abroad, a valuable moving package should be considered as well.

Moving Expenses of International Relocation

Going through the process of an international move is not a small task as it requires time and organisation. For many employees, this might come off as a package. Especially if they have a whole family and pets to move. Companies will usually work with relocation specialists that can offer a turn key solution to complete those moves. Keeping in mind that moving a whole house can take two to three months due to cargo being shipped abroad, HR should plan ahead with the employee to avoid leaving him in an empty house.

Family Support For Global Relocation

When moving an employee with the whole family, HR should consider also the needs of the family and how they will be supported thought the process. Such needs include helping the spouse find a new job, helping the kids getting in school and even getting cultural classes to adapt to the new location. A full relocation package done by an HR specialist should include a comprehensive program for spousal assistance and policies that give the employee enough time off to help move the kids in their new school.

Communication During International Move

This should not come as a surprise as communication is one of the key elements of a relocation strategy for HR. It means offering a detailed list of how the company covers the employee through the process and balance the needs of the employee and their value to the company. Poor communication can end up failing the relocation down to the last minute and create unbearable stress for the employee and the family in a situation that can already prove to be quite stressful.

It’s important to communicate to the employee what he’s entitled to and the services to which he has access beyond a simple pay upgrade. Show your talent that the process is well organized and demands little of the employee so he can keep focusing on what he does best might be your best strategy to get them going through the whole process.

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Payback Clauses for Relocation Package

Organisation now include more often then what not payback clauses if the employee leaves shortly after the move. This is meant to protect the company from the major investment they just made. Under a payback clause, the employee agrees to payback the company all or part of the employer expenses for the transfer if the employee leaves within a specific period of time. (usually a year) Although some companies chose not to use such clauses fearing it my scare the employee from making the move in the first place, this is left to the company culture.

In conclusion, a comprehensive relocation package for the HR specialist must consider a lot more than the upgraded pay. If human resources consider the family needs and employees value, they will build a complete package to make sure the employee has little to no questions during the move as everything has be covered.

GOOD READ: Why Move to China?

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5 Reasons to Move and Live in China https://cimmover.com/2019/04/22/5-reasons-to-move-and-live-in-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=5-reasons-to-move-and-live-in-china Mon, 22 Apr 2019 06:15:23 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2419 When someone says they want to move and live in China, most people will glare at them for the longest time as if they are crazy. Why would anyone leave the comfort of their home to move to a country with a hard to understand language and start almost anew. Here’s why so many people […]

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When someone says they want to move and live in China, most people will glare at them for the longest time as if they are crazy. Why would anyone leave the comfort of their home to move to a country with a hard to understand language and start almost anew. Here’s why so many people decided to jump ahead in the crazy adventure of living in China. You will find out that you aren’t starting anew. On the contrary, you bring with you a very much needed set of skills that can push you to the next level.

Easy Professional Networking When Living in China

First off, networking is a lot easier than one might think despite the difference in language. The fact is many professionals speak English here. As an expat, there’s also a big community of expats in China helping and supporting each other. Everyone goes to China with the same goal, to achieve success and growth. Building a network of professionals is very easy through WeChat and many will refer you contacts that can help you. Before you know it, you will have a big enough network to help you with anything you need. From finding an apartment in Beijing to growing your business or even finding a job, there is always someone that wants to help.

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Low Cost of Living and Relocating in China

Based on where you decide to live, the cost of living may vary quite a bit. Big cities like Beijing and Shanghai will have expensive rent but compensate with everything else being very cheap. You can get a taxi for around 3 USD to anywhere in a 15 min range. Food can be either insanely cheap (1 USD dumplings anyone?) or a lot more expensive if you absolutely want that 18 people pizza delivered home. But overall, it’s easy to maintain a low cost of living. On top of that, salaries and wages are very competitive where most expats make a lot more money than in their own country.

Budget Friendly Traveling in South-East Asia

China gives you an excellent base of operation to travel all over Asia on the cheap. A flight from Beijing to Bangkok Thailand costs as low as 400USD (return flight). So if you are one of those that wants to explore South East Asia while also making money, China will be the right place for you. On top of that, if you are a freelancer that is already a travel addict, there’s no lack of opportunities for your skills.

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Advantage of Learning Mandarin

Mandarin is a complex language, but given that the Chinese economy is a behemoth hard to dismiss, learning it directly on location while working and building your network might become a very useful tool. Even if and when you decide to leave China, being proficient in Mandarin will be in high demand for many global companies that wants to invest in China or that already does business with China. And relocating to China is a lot less complicated than it sounds.

Amazing Business Opportunities in China

This is probably the reason why most people will come to China. The pool of opportunities is undeniable. For the longest time, most expats were going to China mainly to teach English. Recent reports show a shift in that trend with new rising sectors such as journalism, marketing and engineering. We mentioned earlier that you bring with you a very interesting set of skills. Those skills are in high need for Chinese companies that are more and more branching out and expanding their business on an international level. The media sphere and the growth in the movie industry abroad with Chinese productions were already giving a sense of that evolution. But with the rise of the new technology sector and production, many IT companies and start up that had a high growth over the last years need to expand their market. The AI industry, the AR/VR industry an the gaming industry with giants like Tencent and Xiaomi are a good example of how fast it develops and the need for international talent to power these tech industries.

GOOD READ: Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Abroad

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Living and Working in China https://cimmover.com/2019/04/08/living-and-working-in-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=living-and-working-in-china Mon, 08 Apr 2019 10:07:29 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2403 Living and working in China is not as complicated as you might think. Here are some answers to your questions about moving to China.

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Everyone might look at you with apprehension if you suddenly suggested living and working in China. People might start talking about culture shock, weird food and the language. How will you make yourself understand at your job?! When you start thinking about moving to China, you might also have the same questions going through your mind. And the biggest one is probably, how complicated it is to move to China, work, live and thrive there? To reassure you, it’s a lot less of a cultural shock than you might think. And based on where in China you decide to relocate, the culture shock will be even smaller. For example, Shanghai is a city that hosts a lot of expats and English speakers, followed closely by Beijing.

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How is the Culture Shock When Moving to China?

Now regardless of your background as an American or a Canadian moving to China, if you followed the news, you might think your welcoming committee is not that great. Wrong! Regardless of what happens in the news, people are people and Chinese are welcoming and love to share food with you or take pictures with you. Despite the difference in culture, your contact with everyone will always be quite friendly. On top of that, due to the huge number of expats living in China, you will find yourself rapidly growing a diverse circle of friends. The culture shock dissipates very fast.

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How is Chinese Food in China?

You probably already ordered once or twice food at your local Chinese restaurant. And you’re probably are telling yourself “Oh my god, I LOVE CHINESE FOOD!” Well, food is different in China if you didn’t know that. Food abroad is usually adapted to the local culture to make the flavor more suited for your taste and less shocking. Based on what type of food you try when you travel to China, some might be very spicy while others might surprise you with tastes you’ve never experienced. In any case, if you need a break from Chinese food, there’s no lack of foreign cuisine here from small French restaurants to big branded chains like McDonalds. So food is definitely not something that should stress you.

Do You Have to Learn How to Use WeChat?

When moving to China, one of the first thing you will discover is the presence of WeChat in your daily life. Mainly, the paying function. You will be using it for everything. You might need a bank account linked to your WeChat, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you are working and living in China. That little pay function is more common than money transactions. Even for the small vendor on the corner selling fresh pineapple while in season. So get yourself updated with it as it will become quite a useful tool. On top of that, people barely exchange business cards in China anymore. The norm has been replaced with WeChat as a base reference of building contacts and friendships. Use the function to tag your different contacts as you will see the number growing quite fast.

Is Working in China Different?

If you are working for a foreign company that had their office relocation done recently, the culture around the company should be quite similar. But if you have been hired by a Chinese company, you will find out that the working culture is a little bit different than what you are used to. For starters, hours are not set in stone for most companies. Mainly, the hour at which you finish. It might sound hard to believe but finishing a task despite the hour is important. If you are supposed to finish at 6PM, it’s not in the culture to leave at 6:01PM. It’s more likely that you will have to make sure your work is done for the day before leaving and make a second pass before leaving as the work ethic is very important in Chinese companies.

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Is Pollution in China a Problem?

It’s undeniable that there is pollution in China, but many will tell you about the improvements in air quality that happened over the last years. You might think about those polluted days where people are walking around with surgical masks against pollution, but there are two things you need to know. First, surgical masks will not help you given they are not well isolated around your nose and face. If you really want to protect yourself against the pollution, you have to get a fitted mask. But as you come to live and work in China, you will also discover that the pollution is not as intense as it was before, and most places are also fitted with air purifiers. The air quality has improved a lot and keeps improving from year to year. Only real thing you might need is a good air purifier, but on a daily basis, you will be fine.

GOOD READ: 6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Abroad

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6 Mistakes to Avoid When Moving Abroad https://cimmover.com/2019/03/26/6-mistakes-to-avoid-when-moving-abroad/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=6-mistakes-to-avoid-when-moving-abroad Tue, 26 Mar 2019 07:36:03 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2392 Learn about common mistakes when moving abroad and how to avoid them!

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Moving is about juggling with a lot of things at the same time and when you aren’t paying attention, you can make moving mistakes easily avoidable. We’ve gathered here the moving abroad mistakes we come across the most often to help you avoid them and make your move less of a stress.

Forgetting to Take Measures

Taking measures of your items like the table, the couch, the bed or even the fridge might seem strange at the beginning. But when you compare it with your next home, it might allow you to decide if its worth keeping or replacing. Avoid paying extra to move heavy stuff you can’t fit in your new place. It goes the same for fitting it through the door. If it won’t fit, it will get stuck outside. That is rarely a problem with most houses in China, but if you do have an over-sized wardrobe, make sure you can dismantle it or that it can fit through the door.

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Last Minute Preparation

Moving cannot be a last-minute decision. From searching for a moving company to preparing all your papers when moving to a new country, these things take time. On top of that, you will have to clear out some of your belongings as not everything is worth keeping or sending half-way across the world. That’s a long process that requires hard decisions.

Not Budgeting Your Move

Anticipating perfectly your moving costs is a challenge. Moving companies will offer you an estimate of how much your move will cost. When planning your move, the movers won’t be your only expense. You need to calculate deposits for your new home when applicable, food orders, new purchases for your house. Those can add up quite fast, just like a trip to IKEA, it might seem cheap, but it always adds up.

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Failing to Search Your Mover

Every moving company has their strength and weaknesses. A lot of them will budget you for a very cheap estimate but will charge you more on the moving day. Doing some research about the companies’ referrals, reviews and even compare a few different companies will help you establish your best quality/price ratio. Doing business with a company that belongs to a relocation network like Harmony Relocation establishes them as professionals in their domain. If you care enough to move your whole house, its worth making sure you have a company that values the quality of their work.

Trying the DIY Method When You Shouldn’t

When you decide to go for the Do-it-Yourself solution to limit your costs, make sure that the moving company you are hiring gives you accurate information. Some moving companies will offer you a complete package and prefer to take care of the packing and boxing. That’s the best way to avoid any customs issues when shipping your household goods by container. A simple bottle of wine the wrong box can slow down your relocation.

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Forgetting Your Moving Essentials Bag

The moving bag essentials is something that a lot of people forget. Especially for a relocation from one country to another. This bag contains all the necessary documents and immediate use belongings like medication, passports and other important documents. Always have yours ready and make sure its separate from the rest of your goods. Getting that bag inadvertently shipped out will create a lot of stress for you and your family.

GOOD READ: Complete Guide To House Relocation

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Bringing Your Pet In China https://cimmover.com/2019/03/18/bringing-pet-to-china/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bringing-pet-to-china Mon, 18 Mar 2019 05:06:10 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2382 IMPORTANT UPDATE – May 2019 New Regulation As you plan to move to China, for work or pleasure, with your best buddy, it’s important to note a recent update in regulations when bringing your pet in China. As of May 1st 2019, new rules need to be respected in order for travel agencies and airlines to […]

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IMPORTANT UPDATE – May 2019 New Regulation

As you plan to move to China, for work or pleasure, with your best buddy, it’s important to note a recent update in regulations when bringing your pet in China. As of May 1st 2019, new rules need to be respected in order for travel agencies and airlines to allow your pet to follow you. 

You can avoid quarantine if you are fully prepared as of May 1st 2019!

First, identify if your country of origin is part of the listed country. If it isn’t part of this list, it’s counted as non listed. Listed countries are :

New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii, Guam, Jamaica, Iceland, United Kingdom, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Cyprus, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Singapore, and regions of Hong Kong, Macao.

If your country is listed, it can take around 2 months prior to traveling to prepare your pet to avoid any potential problems. But you should still try to prepare early. Here’s an overview of how to prepare your pet for travel and bring him or her with you in China!

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MUST DO Prior to Travel

  • Get a Microchip Implant

Your pet needs a 15 digit, ISO 11784/11785-compliant microchip implant. It became mandatory to track your pet and make sure you are the rightful owner and it goes to the correct destination. If the officials inspecting your dog through quarantine can’t read the chip, the dog will be subject to a 30 days quarantine.

  • Get Your Rabies Shots

Rabies shots are already mandatory.  It’s not mandatory to have two (2) rabies shots prior to travel and should be valid upon arrival. 

Best to keep your vaccination record up to date and we recommend rabies and other feline and canine vaccinations.

  • Rabies Antibody Titer Test

If you are coming from a listed country, the rabies titer test is not mandatory, and you can still avoid quarantine. 

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Health Certificate

You will need to obtain the Veterinary Certificate of China within 14 days of arrival. You also need a valid Health Certificate to make sure your pet is healthy and respects Chinese regulations on pet control. 

Countries listed here only need to provide the following information as part of the quarantine certificate:

  1. Pet Information
  2. Micro Chip Number
  3. Results and Date of Last Clinical Examination

If you need the list of content needed for the Official Inspection Certificate, please contact the Globy office based on the most suited location.

TIPS

Recommended Airports

Beijing and Shanghai airports. If your pets are qualified, you can bring your pet into China from any airport. However, if the microchip can’t be read, your pet will be quarantined. Most Chinese airports don’t have quarantine facilities. Therefore, it is best to go through the ones in Beijing or Shanghai as an extra precaution.

GOOD READ: Traveling With Your Cat

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Complete Guide to House Relocation https://cimmover.com/2019/03/11/complete-guide-to-house-relocation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=complete-guide-to-house-relocation Mon, 11 Mar 2019 08:39:53 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2361 So you made the big decision to move your house abroad? Congratulations! It’s the beginning of an adventure for you and your family. This guide will help you make sure it’s a pleasant one. We will help you plan the whole thing in order to really start fresh in your new house thanks to our […]

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So you made the big decision to move your house abroad? Congratulations! It’s the beginning of an adventure for you and your family. This guide will help you make sure it’s a pleasant one. We will help you plan the whole thing in order to really start fresh in your new house thanks to our complete guide to house relocation. From defining your budget to choosing the right moving company for you, we’ll help you.

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Moving an Entire House Abroad

When you think about moving an entire house abroad, you might start panicking when facing the need to pack everything, sending it through containers, clearing the customs and finding the right place where to settle. If you just went through your visa application process for China and you found it complicated, you might be freaking out right now. But don’t worry, it’s not as complicated as it sounds.

First think is to clean up and travel lighter. When you think about a fresh start, it means leaving things behind and giving away or selling things you might not need or like anymore. When relocating into a new country, regardless if its China or anywhere else, you should get rid of extra weight. You can make a list with things to keep, discard or sell/donate.

Setting Up a Moving Budget

You will need to inform yourself to setup the right moving budget. Moving a whole house abroad is more expensive than a local move and you will have to inquire about pricing. After you put down the big items like mover’s fee, transport, you also need to leave room for new acquisitions once you arrive at your new home. Maybe you will want to a new television. If you plan for it, you can make sure to get it! You can even set aside the money you made from selling your older stuff and purchase household goods for your new house.

Finding the Right Movers

There’s a lot of choices when it comes to relocation companies and moving companies. But finding an experienced one might be tricky. A lot of companies will have inexperienced seasonal movers that might end up damaging your goods. You will also need to compare prices between the different companies to determine your optimal budget. Remember, it’s not about finding the cheapest or most expensive. It’s about finding the one that can offer the right quality/price ratio. Once you’ve selected your moving company, it’s time to make a plan!

If you have a pet that is coming with you, you might need to also prepare him for traveling in advance. Pet relocation require some planning too for vaccines and clearing immigration.

Relocating a Whole House Checklist

2 Months Prior to the Move

  1. Clean up your house
  2. Research relocation companies in and out of China
  3. Order the necessary certified boxes for packing
  4. Put all your moving files together
  5. Research your destination for medical facilities, schools, houses
  6. Notify utilities and service companies for disconnection
  7. Get a plan of your new home
  8. Measure your furniture
  9. Put in storage or sell/donate things you won’t bring with you
  10. Throw a party with friends before you leave

1 Month Prior to Move

  1. Bring all important documents with you when traveling, not in the boxes you are sending abroad.
  2. Schedule your change of address and clear up any banks that need to be cleared.
  3. Start packing you boxes if your mover is not doing it for you. Some companies will offer a complete hassle-free solution so you can focus on what matters.

1 Week Before the Move

  1. Limit groceries to avoid food waste
  2. Clean empty rooms
  3. Make sure you’ve packed everything you wanted
  4. Check you have all your prescription up to date if needed
  5. Confirm payments plans with movers and insurance details

Day of the Move

  1. If you prepared in advance, let the movers finish the job.

Moving abroad can be complicated if you aren’t dealing with experience movers. There’s a lot of details you need to be weary of such as letting the movers pack in certified boxes in or out of China. Electronics and Wine or Spirits require different customs and could cause major delays. That’s why companies like CIM Mover will have a complete turn key solution to avoid such issues.

GOOD READ : Moving Abroad Must Know

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Office Relocation Done Right https://cimmover.com/2019/03/10/office-move-done-right/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=office-move-done-right Sun, 10 Mar 2019 04:48:08 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2375 Find out how to turn an office relocation into an opportunity for your company to build employee loyalty.

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When the conversation about how to do an office relocation starts, it’s always a cold sweat for Human Resources and the whole office. But that’s only due to a lack of information and the right team.  It’s not as easy as moving your house, but it’s not rocket science either. If you spend some time preparing your office relocation, it will be a smooth ride. Here’s how to get you started on preparing your office relocation.

Plan Your Office Move

Before anything, you always need to plan your office move. That is a big requirement because you need to take in account the number of offices being moved. It also includes the design of your new space, IT needs at your new location and the building management. Planning your office move is quite a lot to consider and we will have a dedicated article just on planning it. But being prepared always pans out.

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Manage Expectations

The first rule is let your employees know about the relocation and start answering questions. It’s one of the biggest challenge HR in general has to face, because with change comes uncertainty. This is even more true when you are changing countries. A well executed office move can become an opportunity to build on company culture and more importantly, address previous office hitches. It’s a chance for renewal and that needs to be an important part of your communication.

Engaging the Masses

After managing expectations and answering any employee concerns, you need to build on top of it. That means engaging your employees in your process from the very beginning. This serves two main purposes. First, your workload won’t feel like a mountain. And second, your employees won’t feel pressured into something since they actively participate in making the relocation a success.

You can use this period as well to address your employee concerns and how it might affect each individual. It truly allows you to limit dissatisfaction and create a stronger company culture. You must have a two-way communication channel to make sure you won’t be dragging your old offices problems into the new one. It creates loyalty. And since you will be getting a new office, it’s also a great moment to create incentives to make your employees happy, like bigger office space, game room, lounge area, etc. In other words, get them excited.

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Estimating Office Costs

Once the employees are handled and you feel that everyone is on board, it’s time for the next big questions. How much does it cost? Office relocation automatically comes with expenses. Rule number one, don’t try to estimate from starts your moving expenses. There’s a lot of factors in it and the best you can do is dealing with a relocation company. Don’t be shy and request a quote to help you set a budget aside accordingly.

If you work with a good moving or relocation company, you will get a quote based on your personalized needs. Ball parking a relocation cost is not something that should be done. It’s best to have a professional evaluate your needs and built a custom solution for you. Once you found your moving company, it will be easier to manage your move and the logistics of your office.

When the day of the move comes around, you will be quite busy and the last thing you need on your mind is uncertainties. We’ll also cover the moving day priorities in our other articles. But what happens after the move?

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Making Your Office Move a Success

To really get your office move to be successful, you also need to make sure to settle down correctly. That means preparing a checklist of everything that needs to be installed to be as efficient as possible. From wiring to computer setups, you will need a complete checklist. This will help your employees make the new office theirs.

Doing It Right

Office relocation will still be a challenge. One that will be substantially less stressful if you have careful planning to back you up. Keep in mind to not see it as a burden, but as an opportunity to bring a lot of new and positive things. It will help your company culture, your employee satisfaction and loyalty, as long as you take the time to do it right.

GOOD READ: Complete Guide to House Relocation

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Traveling With Your Cat https://cimmover.com/2019/03/09/traveling-with-your-cat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=traveling-with-your-cat Sat, 09 Mar 2019 04:41:39 +0000 http://cimmover.com/?p=2369 Traveling with your cat is a big challenge and we want you to have the right tools for your cat to safely move from one place to another.

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How much do you know about traveling with your cat? Cats can be sensitive to the environment and to their owners’ emotions. To ease your cat’s travelling journey, here is some good advice for you and your pet.

Before Your Move

Let your cat get used to the crate it will be traveling in. You can do so by putting some snacks in the crate with a comfortable bed and leaving it open. Your cat will explore it and make it its home in no time.

Cats can be especially sensitive when their regular routine is disrupted and instinct often tells them to find a new home. To avoid losing your pet before moving, keep your cat indoors. Keep in mind that when movers are pacing back and forth in your home, doors are often left open.

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During the Trip

When it’s time for your cat to be pickup, stay strong! Being upbeat and confident prevents emotional distress in your cat.

Given all the changes, pick-up day might also push your cat to escape. You need to confine it in a small room to prevent escape.

Avoid feeding your cat 4 to 6 hours prior to the pick-up. If you prepare two portions in separate plastic bags, Globy will attach them outside the crate during pick-up time. The food will be handy in the event of delays.

The last meal should be 6 hours before the flight. If you are departing on a morning flight, the last meal should be dinner the evening before. As long as there is water for the journey, it will be just fine.

Get the Right Crate

Our travel crate come with a water bottle. Try training your pet to drink water out of the water bottle if it is a long journey. If your cat has problem detecting water from the bottle, try to rub some tasty sauce or milk on top of it.

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Make sure your cat goes to the toilet prior to going inside the travel crate. If your cat has access to a clean litter box upon arrival, it will make it even more at ease.

Ideally, use a skymat for your cat to allow it to travel comfortably. Skymat are made of stay-dry fleece which absorbs liters, liquids and odor. They help to provide a comfortable place during travel. We sell skymats as well. Just ask if you require one.

Upon Arrival

Upon arrival, avoid opening the cat’s crate until you are home. Cats can be disoriented due to lengthy travel, and they may try to escape. 

Once your cat is home, offer them some drinking water and light meal. Some cats may not have appetite for a few days. Don’t worry and give them some time to adjust.

No tranquilizers or sedatives should be given to your cat unless specifically prescribed by your vet.  As an alternative, there are natural calming remedies available. Consult your vet to make a wise decision.

GOOD READ : Don’t fur-get to measure your dog before moving or traveling!

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