China Customs Declaration

China Customs of Beijing International Airport
Customs of Beijing International Airport
 What is the difference between the red channel and the green channel?

 Answer: They 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?

 Answer: 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 to the customs.

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

 Answer: 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.

Green Channel and Red Channel
Green Channel and Red Channel

 What about the gold objects I have bought in China?

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

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

 Answer: 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. The tax rate for infant milk powder is 5 percent.

 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? 

 Answer: You do not need to declare and pay the tax for your personal items, such as smart phone, tablet PC, laptop, and digital camera, 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?

 Answer: 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 mount of duty needs to be paid.

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

 Answer: The followings need to be declared according to the China Customs Luggage Declaration Form when entering into China:
1. Any item that will be left in China whose value exceeds 2,000 CNY
2. More than 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars and 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages (alcohol measure above 12 degrees)
3. Foreign currency greater than 5,000 US dollars or the equivalent, or 20,000 CNY
4. Animals and animal products, microorganism, biological products, human tissue, blood and blood products
5. Transceiver, communications devices.
6. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People's Republic of China
7. Luggage that need to be transported separately
8. Cargo, commercial samples, advertising items

The followings need to be declared according to the China Customs Luggage Declaration Form when exiting the country:
1. Foreign currency above 5,000 US dollars or equivalent, or 20,000 CNY
2. Gold, silver and other valuable items
3. Cultural relics, endangered animals and plants as well as their products, biological species resources  
4. Transceiver, communication devices.
5. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People's Republic of China
6. Cargo, commercial sample, advertising items

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

 Answer: Yes. China Customs follows the regulation strictly. There is detailed information about what kind of things needed to be declare on the Declaration Form, so check your Custom Declaration Form carefully and make sure you complete it accurately. 

Note: Custom Declaration is quite a troublesome procedure. We strongly recommended that foreign travelers should ask in advance if you may have any problems concerning the regulations. You can consult your travel agency or the Custom Declaration office in the airport for help.

- Last modified on Jan. 24, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Customs Declaration
Asked by Katie from UNITED STATES | Jan. 13, 2021 14:01Reply
Can I bring my prescription medications?
Are there any limits on bringing personal prescription medications to China? I plan on being there for an extended period of time and would like to bring enough medication to last six months.
Answers (1)
Answered by Pat | Jan. 24, 2021 18:23

Generally speaking, there won't have problems as long as you have the prescriptions.
Asked by Matthew Huynh from USA | Nov. 15, 2020 15:41Reply
How many 1.5 liters of alcohol can I bring to China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Alexander | Nov. 15, 2020 17:29

According to the policy, alcohol over 70 degrees shall not be checked; Alcohol in 24 degrees to 70 degrees, the total amount of consignment should be less than 5 liters;
There is no restriction on the total amount of alcohol lower than 24 degrees.
Asked by David kiefer from USA | Nov. 14, 2020 09:09Reply
Can i travel out of china with a kilo of gold
Answers (1)
Answered by Ryan | Nov. 15, 2020 17:27

Well, as I know, you need to declare it at the custom.
Asked by Anna from DENMARK | Oct. 16, 2020 05:15Reply
Can I bring industrial analysis equipments that I will bring back home again?
I am traveling for business and need to bring two suitcases of analysis equipment (non-medical). The idea is to go on site in various factories in China, take some sampleas and make the analysis with my equipment, and then bring the equipment back again. The total value of all of the instruments is approx. 100 000 RMB.

Is there anything I need to declare?

There ill also be very few selected, non-toxic/dangerous chemicals I need to bring for the analysis. I plan to bring Safety data sheets for all of them.
Do I need other documentatioin of the chemicals?
Do I need to declare the chemicals in customs?
(we are talking salt solution standards in very small amount)
Answers (1)
Answered by Cheryl | Oct. 18, 2020 19:19

Well, I am afraid that you need other documentation of the chemicals. And you need to declare the chemicals in customs.
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