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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
  • We play ukulele and piano instruments music and our CDs are all consisted of ukulele music. If we are allowed to bring the CDs, what is the limit? Is there a certain procedure that we must follow before entering China?

    Asked By Keiko (USA) | Sep. 25, 2019 15:54
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  • Hello, I want to bring small portions of Greek goods, for my friends as gifts, small 350ml alcoholic beverages (2 ) and one 500ml, two ice creams (small) and the rest are some sweets and deserts, as well as 250ml of olive oil. The individual portions are small but some products are not sealed, like my tea is just in a bag, it's 2g only... I also bring some dried spices and herbs. All small portions. Do you think it would be a problem? Should i need to declare them anyway to avoid them being kept or taxed?

    Asked By Ina (Greece) | Sep. 07, 2019 00:50
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  • Asked By Rodney (USA) | Jun. 21, 2019 09:47
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  • I understand that I may bring $5000 into China without making a declaration. However, can anyone explain the process which occurs if I try to bring more than $5000?

    I understand I have to make a declaration, but what happens after that? Do they just make a note of it, then let me into the country?

    I've read that if you try to bring $10000 or more cash that you need government documentation. Can you explain what that documentation is and how you acquire it?

    Asked By Edmund (United States) | Jun. 17, 2019 14:06
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  • I have bought Xiaomi M365 scooter in China for personal use. I am an exchange student so I have used it for 4 months.

    Asked By Regal Goswami (India) | Jun. 04, 2019 00:04
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