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Welcome to China but it is always good to know the China Customs rules first to avoid any inconvenient upon entering and leaving China.

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Welcome to China

"Ignorance of the Law excuses no one".

Be aware of China Customs Law!

Prepare all the things that you need in your travel but be aware that you can only take those things that China Customs may allow you.

For Your Entry To China, you need to declare:

  • Anything or any articles that exceeded the reasonable quantities for personal use. You've got to ask yourself and decide. You won't need 20 pcs of watches in your 5-day trip to China, right?
  • Trip necessities that exceeds Customs limitations: such as Camera, Portable Tape Recorder, Mini-Movie-Camera, Portable Video Recorder, Portable-Word-Processor. You're only allowed to bring ONE (1) piece of each item.
  • More than RMB20,000 (Yuan Renmimbi) in cash, or gold, silver and ornaments thereof weighing over 50 grams.
  • Goods of commercial value or any other article other than your personal baggage.
  • Animals or Plants and products thereof under the control of China Quarantine Law, and other articles subject to Customs formalities.

Articles that are strictly prohibited by China import customs:

  • Arms, Imitation Arms, Ammunition and Explosives of all kinds.
  • Counterfeit currencies and counterfeit negotiable securities.
  • Printed materials, Films, Photographs, Gramophone Records, Cinematographic Films, Loaded Recording Tapes, Video Tapes, Compact Disc (Video and Audio), any storage media for computers and other articles that are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interest of China.
  • Deadly poison of all kinds.
  • Opium, Morphia, Heroin, Marijuana, and other addictive drugs and psycho tropic substances.
  • Animals, Plants and products thereof infected with or carrying disease, insect pests and other harmful organism.
  • Foodstuff, Medicines and other articles coming from epidemic stricken area and harmful to man and livestock or those capable of spreading disease.

Things to declare when you're departing from China.

  • Failing re-exportation of specified articles, or completion of Customs clearances procedures for temporarily imported duty free articles.
  • Foreign currencies, gold, silver and ornaments thereof over the declared quantities of having no export license or certificates therefore.
  • More than RMB20,000 yuan in cash.
  • Cultural relics.
  • Goods of commercial value and samples.
  • Articles exceeding the limited value and quantity, or other limitations as set by the Customs.
  • Animals or plants or products thereof under the control of China Quarantine Law, and other articles subject to Customs formalities.

China Customs law regarding things or articles that are prohibited for Exportation:

  • All Articles enumerated as articles prohibited for exportation.
  • Manuscripts, printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematographic films, loaded recording tapes, video tapes, compact discs (video and audio), storage media for computers and other articles which involve state secrets.
  • Valuable cultural relics and other relics prohibited from exportation.
  • Endangered, rare animals and plants, respective specimens, seeds and other reproducing materials.

Customs in China shall exercise the following powers:

  • To check inward and outward means of transport, examine inward and outward goods and articles. Detain those violates the Law or other relevant Laws and administrative regulation.
  • To examine the identification document of the person entering or leaving the territory. Interrogate the suspects violating the Law or other relevant Laws and administrative regulations, and investigate the illegal activities thereof.
  • The concerned entity or individual shall give true answers to inquires made by the Customs when performing their duty in accordance with the Law and be cooperative. No entity or individual shall obstruct the Customs from performing their duty.
  • The owner of the articles shall make an appearance during the Customs examination, take charge of the convey of the articles, get them packed and unpacked.
  • Any individual who carries mails articles for personal use or out of territory in a quantity exceeding the reasonable limit fails to declare to Customs according to Law shall be ordered to pay the duties and a fine may be imposed thereof.

China Customs law of enforcement supervision by passengers:

  • Where the obligatory duty payer is involved in a dispute over duty payment with the Customs, he shall pay the duties, and may apply for administrative reconsiderations in accordance with relevant provisions. If the decision is still considered unacceptable, he may file a suit in peoples court according to Law.
  • Any entity and individual shall have the right to accuse and impeach the acts of Customs and its personnel that violates the Laws and disciplines.


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