Customs

What is the difference between the red channel and the green channel?

There are two channels in China Customs. If you have nothing to declare, please take the green one, otherwise pass through the red one. When you are uncertain which one to take, choose the red one.

How much US currency and Chinese RMB can I bring in?

$5,000 US dollars (or equivalent in any foreign currency) or 20,000 CNY is permitted. If you have more than this amount, related documents will be needed and you need to declare this to the customs.

Do I need to declare my golden necklace which I am going to wear when traveling in China?

According to the regulations, if gold, silver and the products made from them are less than 50g (2 ounce), they are duty-free and do not need to be declared. If the weight exceeds the limitation, you should declare it.

What about the gold objects I have bought in China?

All the receipts for valuable articles, such as jewelry, jade, gold and silver ornaments, handicrafts, artifacts, paintings and calligraphy that you purchase in China should be kept for the exit check.

How many cans of milk powder can I take to China?

Milk powder of reasonable amount for personal use is duty-free and does not need to be declared. Usually, each visitor is allowed to take one box, containing 6 cans if each can is over 800g in weight, or 24 cans if each can is less than 800g. For the part exceeding the limit, you should declare it and pay the tax.

I’m traveling to China with my IPhone, IPad, and MacBook. Do I need to declare them and pay the tax when I enter China? 

You do not need to declare and pay the tax for your personal items, such as smart phones, tablet PCs, laptops, and digital cameras, if within reasonable quantity (one for each). However, if you are taking another brand new phone or laptop with the outer packing and instruction book as a gift for your friend in China, you should declare the new one and pay the tax.

Are cigarettes and alcohol duty-free?

Up to 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars and up to 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages (alcohol measure above 12 degrees) are duty-free either entering or exiting. More than the limited amount needs to be declared and a certain amount of duty needs to be paid.

Can you give specific information about the items that need to be declared?

The following items need to be declared according to the China Customs Luggage Declaration Form when entering China:

Any item that will be left in China whose value exceeds 2,000 CNY.

More than 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars and 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages (alcohol measure above 12 degrees).

Foreign currency greater than $5,000 US dollars or the equivalent, or 20,000 CNY.

Animals and animal products, microorganism, biological products, human tissue, blood and blood products.

Transceiver, communications devices.

Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People’s Republic of China.

Luggage that needs to be transported separately.

Cargo, commercial samples, and advertising items.

The followings need to be declared according to the China Customs Luggage Declaration Form when exiting the country:

Foreign currency above $5,000 US dollars or equivalent, or 20,000 CNY.

Gold, silver and other valuable items.

Cultural relics, endangered animals and plants as well as their products, biological species resources.

Transceiver, communication devices.

Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People’s Republic of China.

Cargo, commercial sample, advertising items.

Will I be punished if I did not declare the things that need to be declared?

Yes. China Customs follows the regulations strictly. There is detailed information about what items need to be declared on the Declaration Form, so check your Custom Declaration Form carefully and make sure you complete it accurately. 

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