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When preparing for your China tour, read the regulations about the customs declarations, so you can decide what to pack and what not to, and what you should declare when you entering and leaving China. Poor preparation may bring much trouble for you when you pass through the customs at an international airport, ferry terminal, train station or bus station.

According to China's Customs, all luggage and articles carried by inbound and outbound travelers should pass through customs inspection. Goods carried must fall within the limits of a reasonable amount for personal use. Goods exceeding these amounts will be levied duty or refused.

To facilitate inbound and outbound travelers, China Customs simplified the customs declaration procedures on Feb 1st, 2008. Travelers who have nothing to declare can pass directly through the Chinese customs green channel (Nothing to Declare Channel), with no customs declaration form required. Those carrying goods to declare should fill out a Chinese customs declaration form and pass through the red channel (Goods to Declare Channel). Children under the age of 16 and accompanied by an adult are not obliged to fill out declaration forms. Travelers holding diplomatic or courtesy visas should show their valid certificates to receive expedited service from China Customs. On the return trip, travelers have the option of completing the relevant sections on the same declaration form or completing a new declaration form. If you are not sure whether you should declare your goods, you may consult the customs officer about the details or choose the red channel.

Travelers who carry the following goods should declare them, or penalties will apply. 

 For Inbound Travelers:
1. Animals, plants and their products; microbes; biology products; human organs; blood products.
2. (For Chinese residents) personal items totaling CNY 5,000 or more.
3. (For non-Chinese residents) personal items intended to remain in China worth over CNY 2,000.
4. Alcohol (alcohol content above 12 degrees) exceeding 1,500 ml; 400 or move individual cigarettes, 100 or more individual cigars, or 500 or more grams of tobacco.
5. Cash in Chinese currency exceeding CNY 20,000, or that of foreign currency worth over USD 5,000.
6. Unaccompanied baggage, cargos, cargo samples or advertising products.
7. Radio transmitters, radio receivers, communication security equipment.
8. Other goods that need to be declared.

 For Outbound Travelers:
1. Cultural relics; endangered living things and their products; biology species resources; gold, silver and other valuable metals.
2. Cameras, video cameras, portable computers and other personal items worth over CNY 5,000 singly and will be brought back to China.
3. Cash in Chinese currency exceeding CNY 20,000, or in foreign currency worth over USD 5,000.
4. Radio transmitters, radio receivers, communication security equipments.
5. Other goods that need to be declared.

 For the goods exceeding the limitation shall be levied duty upon:

Items
Categories
Tax rate
Food & Drinks
Food: sea food, dairy products, seasoning, healthcare products;
Drinks: tea, coffee, and other non-alcoholic beverage  
10%
Alcohol
Brewed wine, hard liquor, mixed liquor
50%
Tobacco
Cigarettes, cigar, tobacco
50%
Gold & Jewelry
Gold, silver, jewelry and the products
10%
Cosmetics
Perfume and all kinds of cosmetics
50%
Television
Television and the accessory parts
20%
Camera
Camera, video camera and the accessory parts
20%
Audio-visual equipment
Recorder pen, radio receiver, MP3, MP4, etc.
20%
Musical Instrument
All musical instrument and the accessory parts.
10%
Sporting Goods
Golf ball, golf clubs, golf bags, gloves, and shoes
30%
Sporting goods except for golf goods
10%
Other items
Telephone, fax machine, recreational machines, fish gears, works of art, toys, etc.
10%
Coffee machines, juicers, hair driers, plugs, switches, etc.
20%

Questions & Answers
  • My husband is working in Chifeng A(Inner Mongolie) for a longer period. I am planning a visit to him. Can I bring our little dog with me to visit him?

    Asked By Ingrid van Doorn (Nederland) | May. 29, 2018 04:44
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  • I'd like to bring 8 bottles of 375ml low alcohol wine into China in my luggage. The limit is 1500ml on wines 12% and above, so it is not clear what I can bring in of these little bottles.

    Asked By Sharon (Australia) | May. 07, 2018 01:35
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  • I make my own personal organic tea blend (damiana, blue lotus, peppermint) and I want to bring a small tin container in my checked luggage into China. The tin container is factory labeled as black tea. I won't have time to look around and recreate my blend + I don't speak a word of chinese and can't be sure of the quality. Can I bring it and do I need to declare it?

    Thank you for your time

    Asked By John (Canada) | Feb. 17, 2018 01:00
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