China Customs Declaration
(Chinese Customs Declaration)
China is divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions,
four municipal districts under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government, and one special
administrative region. The 23 provinces are
The five autonomous regions are
The four municipal districts are
is a special administrative region.
Chinese Customs Declaration:
Inbound and outbound passengers to or from China should go through Customs Clearance.
According to the Chinese laws and regulations, luggage of the inbound and outbound passengers must be under customs supervision and control. Passengers should provide factual declaration to the Chinese customs for the content of their luggage, carrying into or out of the country.
Restricted Inbound and Outbound Items
Cigarettes and Liquor:
Note: The limits on importation of non-duty-free cigarettes and liquor are the same as those of duty-free; Passengers under 16 years old are not allowed to carry any cigarettes nor liquor.
Passengers||Limits to Duty-Free Tobacco Products||Limits to Duty-Free Liquors (> 12%) |
Inbound and Outbound Hong Kong & Macao||200 cigarettes, or 50 cigars, or 250 grams of tobacco ||One bottle (less than 0.75 liters)|
Short duration visits between China and Hong Kong / Macao less than 24 hours||40 cigarettes, or 5 cigars, or 40 grams of tobacco||Not allowed for Duty-Free|
Others||400 cigarettes, or 100 cigars, or 500 grams of tobacco||Two bottles (less than 1.5 liters)
Passenger's Personal Belongings:
Each passenger is allowed to carry a camera, a portable tape recorder, a small movie camera,
a portable video-camera, and a portable word-processor. A passenger with personal articles exceeding the
allowable must make declaration to the customs service. Passengers should bring their belongings with
them when they depart China.
Gold, Silver, and Articles Made of these Metals:
Passengers with gold, silver, and articles made of these metals, each exceeding 50 grams should declare to
customs when entering China, and should carry them out of the country. Gold, silver, and their products
(including new arts and craft articles, such as inlays and containers) bought from shops should be released
by customs after examination of Special Receipts issued by the People's Bank of China.
There is no limitation for the amount of foreign currencies, traveller's check, or credit card carried into
China. Inbound passengers who are residents of China carrying more than US $2,000 cash or non-resident passengers
with more than US $5,000 cash or an equivalent amount in other foreign currencies must declare to the customs.
When the passenger leaves China, outbound customs will release unspent foreign currency after examination of
the declaration form issued by the inbound customs. For outbound passengers with foreign currencies exceeding
the amount alluded to above, the customs will need to examine the Foreign Currency Carriage Permit issued by
the State Administration of Exchange Control.
The limit of Renminbi (RMB) for inbound and outbound passengers is 6,000 yuan. Innound and outbound passengers
with more than 6,000 yuan RMB will not be allowed to enter or leave the China.
Cultural Relics (Artworks of Deceased Artists):
Inbound passengers with cultural relics should declare to the customs upon entry, so that they can
carry the items out of China during outbound inspection.
Cultural Relics purchased during the visit should be accompanied with certificates issued by the Chinese
administrative department. Carrying cultural relics out of the country with any official certificates
is strictly against the law and violators will be prosecuted accordingly.
Raw and Processed Traditional Chinese Medicines:
The limit for outbound tourists on raw and processed traditional Chinese medicines is 300 yuan; and
150 yuan for tourists to Hong Kong and Macau. There is a 200 yuan limit on mailing traditional Chinese
medication to foreign countries and 100 yuan to Hong Kong and Macau. Outbound tourists carrying a
reasonable amount of raw and processed traditional medication for personal consumption will be allowed
if accompanied with appropriate receipts and foreign currency exchange certificate.
There is no restriction to the amount, value and variety for overseas tourists carrying souvenirs
and handcraft articles purchased with foreign currency in China with the exception items under
duty and national regulations. These items will be released upon inspection of related receipts
and foreign currency exchange certificates.
Rules for Duty of Luggage and Mail Articles:
To simplify customs procedure, Chinese Customs has instituted special tariff rules and rates for
inbound passengers' luggage and inbound mail. A tariff rate ranges from 10% to 100% will be imposed
on these articles. The CIF prices are approved, published and carried out according to the retail
prices in the international market.
Articles Prohibited from Entry or Exit:
Weapons, imitation weapons, ammunition, and explosives
Counterfeit money and forged securities
Printed matters, negatives, records, films, audio and video recordings, laser optical video-discs,
computer storage media and other articles containing materials deemed "harmful to China politically,
economically, culturally, or ethically".
Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana, and other narcotics
Bateria, harmful insects, animals, plants (and their products), food, drugs, and other articles from epdemic-
stricken areas if such areticles may be harmful to human beings and animals
Articles that may Not be Taken Out of China:
All prohibited articles mentioned above
Manuscripts, printed matters, negatives, photos, records, films, audios, and video recordings, laser optical
video disc, computer storage media, and similar articles if they contain information regarded by the Chinese as
Cultural relics and relics not permitted by the Chinese for export
Endangered spicies and protected animals and plants (including specimens), their seeds and breeding materials
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