1. Customs clearance concerning inbound and outbound passengers
Customs clearance refers to customs procedures involving inbound and outbound passengers declaring their baggage to the customs authorities, who check items and may require the payment of a duty--or exempt them from duty--in accordance with the law.
2. Which documents do inbound & outbound travelers need to provide when declaring at Customs?
Travelers who declare items at Customs should submit a Declaration Form of In/Outbound Passenger Luggage at the Customs of the People’s Republic of China or other declaration documents, valid inbound or outbound certificates--and other documents issued by authorized organs of the People’s Republic of China, such as inbound and outbound permits for the mailed items and business documents.
3. What happens when foreign nationals fail to declare items as required by China’s customs authorities?
Travelers who fail to declare items to the customs authorities--and bring in prohibited/restricted, or taxable goods or articles--are penalized in accordance with the Customs law of the People’s Republic of China and Regulation of the People’s Republic of China on the Implementation of Customs Administrative Punishment.
4. Details about the “Goods to Declare” and “Nothing to Declare” clearance system
The dual Customs clearance system--“Goods to Declare” and “Nothing to Declare”-- is a procedure to deal with items belonging to inbound and outbound passengers-- and this system is used in many countries.
It involves two channels, the Red Channel “Goods to declare,” and the Green Channel “Nothing to Declare”- in both English and Chinese.
Most of the customs authorities in China use this clearance system.
5. Which channel should I choose when entering or leaving China?
In ports that have a dual customs clearance system:
Travelers who carry articles that should be declared, should choose the Red Channel “Goods to Declare”; passengers who do not know which channel to choose should also choose this channel; other passengers can choose the Green Channel “Nothing to Declare.”
6. What are the customs procedures for mailed items entering China?
Local post offices handle the customs procedures on behalf of recipients of mailed items entering China in different cities.
The post offices deliver the mailed items – after they are checked by the customs authorities.
The recipient can also go to the post office to handle customs formalities in person -in special circumstances, or at his/her own request.
7. What are the customs procedures for mailing items from China?
The sender should fill in a customs declaration form before mailing items from China. In the case of a parcel, the sender should also fill in a green customs inspection tag– including a description of the contents, quantity and value.
The sender should then proceed to the customs counter in the post office – and, once the parcel is cleared, he/she can leave it at the post office.
In post offices where there are no customs counters, the sender can mail his/her parcel, following the procedures above – and the post office is responsible for sending the parcel to the customs authorities before it is then sent overseas.
8. Is there any duty-free policy for mailed items entering China?
Personal mailed items entering China are subject to customs import duties in accordance with the law. However, items with import duties not exceeding 50 yuan are exempt from import duties.
9. What is the maximum value of mailed items?
Items sent to or from Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan: the maximum value is 800 yuan
Items sent to or from foreign countries: the legal maximum value is 1,000 yuan.
10. Regulations regarding inbound&outbound personal mailed items
Inbound and outbound personal mailed items are items for personal use, and of a reasonable quantity for such items. The main goals of the customs authorities concerning such items involve ensuring normal exchange, covering reasonable personal needs, and limiting smuggling.
The customs authorities set up maximum value, and duty-exemption value of mailed items, as well as list of items prohibited and restricted from mailing.
The customs authorities check items and may require the payment of a duty - or exempt them from duty - in accordance with the law.