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Online CBA: What are the Rules of Sending Personal Postal Items into or out of China?

Photo: Personal postal items
Photo: Personal postal items

Q: What are the rules of sending personal postal items into or out of China?

A: According to China’s Customs regulations, personal postal items refer to separately transported baggage items in reasonable quantities for personal use, gifts for relatives and friends, and other personal items of inbound/outbound travellers.

Personal postal items entering or leaving the country are limited to reasonable quantities for personal use. In the administration of inbound and outbound personal postal items, the principle is to facilitate normal people-to-people exchanges and curb smuggling activities. Based on this principle, Customs sets the limit for the value of each personal postal item and announces the categories of postal items prohibited and restricted. The items will be taxed or given duty-free clearance upon inspection in accordance with law.

1. Customs will levy import duty on inbound personal postal items in accordance with law and will give duty-free clearance if import duty is under RMB50.

2. The value limit is RMB800 for each personal postal item sent to or from Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan, and RMB1,000 for other countries and regions.

3. Inbound or outbound personal postal items that exceed the value limit are required to go through baggage return procedures or complete customs clearance formalities in accordance with cargo rules. However, if the parcel only contains one inseparable item, it may still pass customs clearance as personal item upon verification that it is indeed for personal use even if it exceeds the value limit.

4. Postal items with commercial value sent into or out of China are required to go through customs clearance in accordance with cargo rules.


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