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Clearing the Customs

For your convenience on your journey in China, the following is a brief introduction to relevant customs stipulations.

1. Passenger Clearance

According to Chinese law, passengers entering or leaving China should have their luggage cleared through the Customs office. Upon entering or leaving China, the passenger should truthfully declare to the Customs what is contained in his or her luggage.

2. Articles Subject to Entry and Exit Restrictions

Cigarettes and Liquors

Passengers Set Bounds to Duty-free Tobacco Products Set Bounds to Duty-free > 12°
Inbound and outbound Hong Kong and Macao passengers(including passengers from and to Hong Kong and Macao) 200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, 250 grams of cut tobacco One bottle(less than 0.75 liters)
Going forth and back within 24 hours, or shuttling between the mainland and Hong Kong and Macao Many times in a short period of time 40 cigarettes, or 5 cigars, or 40 grams of cut tobacco Not allowed for duty free
Other inbound passengers 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 500 grams of cut tobacco Two bottles (less than 1.5 liters)
  • Note:
    Restrictions on the importation of dutiable amounts of cigarettes and liquors are the same as those on duty free amounts; passengers under 16 years of age are net allowed to carry any cigarettes nor liquor into China.
  • Articles for Your Own Use
    A passenger entering China is allowed to carry one camera, one portable cassette tape-recorder, one small cine-camera, one portable video camera, and one portable word-processor. Those who have brought more than the limited quantities should truthfully declare to the customs and go through relevant formalities. The articles permitted to be carried into the territory temporarily for personal use must be taken out of China on the passenger' s return trip.
  • Gold & Silver
    A passenger entering China is allowed to carry a reasonable amount of gold, silver and articles made of them for personal use. Those who carry more than 50 grammes should declare with the Customs for relevant formalities, and take them out of China on their return journeys. The gold, silver and products made of gold and silver (including inlaid jewelries, utensils and new arts and crafts) the inward passenger has bought with his own money in foreign currency, can be carried out of China after they have been checked by the Customs along with the special invoices issued by the People's Bank of China.
  • Foreign Currency
    Passengers entering China are allowed to carry an unlimited amount of foreign currency, travelers cheques and credit cards. Resident passengers carrying foreign cash currencies exceeding the equivalent of 2,000 US dollars (or non-resident passengers carrying 5,000 US dollars) should declare to the Customs. When leaving this country, the declarer may take with him the unused portion of the foreign currency bills, provided the certificate issued by the Chinese Foreign Exchange Administration for foreign currency bills carried by the passenger entering China is presented to the Customs at the place of exit and found correct after verification.
  • Renminbi
    A passenger entering or leaving China is allowed to carry no more than RMB 6,000 yuan with him.
  • Cultural Relics
    If you have carried cultural relics (including works by deceased famous contemporary calligraphers and painters) into China and want to take them with you on your journey home, you are requested to report the details to the Customs. The cultural relics to be brought out of China by a passenger are subject to inspection and appraisal by a cultural administrative department in China. When carrying cultural relics out of China you should make a specific declaration about them to the Customs. The Customs may refuse to release the cultural relics unless they bear a seal authorized by a Chinese cultural administrative department and an invoice indicating that they can be sold to foreigners. Cultural relics obtained through other channels may be taken out of China if they bear a seal and an export permit authorized by a cultural administrative department. Make sure you are not carrying any cultural relic that has not been appraised by Chinese authorities. Those who carry cultural relics without faithfully declaring to the Customs will be prosecuted according to law.
  • Chinese Medicines & Patent Drugs
    Passengers leaving China for foreign countries are allowed to carry no more than 300 yuan worth of traditional Chinese medicines and patent drugs; those bound for Hong Kong and Macao, no more than 150 yuan. The value of an individual parcel of traditional Chinese medicines and patent drugs to be mailed to a foreign country should not exceed 200 yuan; if such a parcel is to be mailed to Hong Kong or Macao, its value should not exceed 100 yuan. Inbound passengers taking out of China an appropriate amount of traditional Chinese medicine and patent drugs purchased with their own foreign currency for their own use are released upon Customs examination of the invoices and exchange memos. Musk, as well as traditional Chinese medicine and patent drugs that exceed the quantitative limits, are not allowed to leave China.
  • Souvenirs
    With the exception of those products whose export is subject to export permits or customs duties, inward passengers are allowed to carry, on their return journey, unlimited value, variety and quantity of souvenirs and arts and crafts bought with their own foreign currencies. The Customs releases these articles after examining the relevant invoices and foreign exchange memos.
3. Articles Not Allowed into or out of China

Articles Not Allowed to Enter China
  1. Weapons, imitation weapons,ammunitions, and explosives;
  2. Forged currencies and negotiable securities;
  3. Printed matters, films, photographs, gramophone records, movies, recording tapes, videotapes, VCDs, computer storage media and other articles whose contents are detrimental to Chinese politics, economy, culture and morality;
  4. Various poisons;
  5. Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana and other addictive drugs;
  6. Animals, plants or other products which may carry dangerous diseases, viruses, parasites, etc.
  7. Foodstuff, medicines, or other products deemed to be harmful to humans or animals, those from areas with epidemics, or those which may spread diseases.

Articles Not Allowed to Leave China

  1. All the articles not allowed into China;
  2. Manuscripts, printed matters, films, photographs, gramophone records, movies, recording tapes, videotapes, VCDs, computer storage media and other articles whose contents are involved with state secrets;
  3. Valuable cultural relics and other cultural relics not allowed to leave China by law;
  4. Endangered and valuable species of animals, plants (including samples), as well as their seeds and breeding materials.
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