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Online CBA: How are Personal Postal Articles Entering China Supervised by the Chinese Customs?

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Q: How are Personal Postal Articles Entering China Supervised by the Chinese Customs?

A: The Chinese Customs mainly applies two basic principles in the supervision of personal postal articles entering the country:

1. Reasonable amount for personal use principle: This applies to personal articles within the scope of Customs regulations which are for the personal use of the recipient or his / her family, or are a gift from the sender to his / her relatives and friends. Postal articles of an unreasonable quantity for personal use or postal items for commercial purpose must undergo customs declaration in accordance with the regulations for goods import.

2. Maximum value principle: The maximum value of articles posted from Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan is Rmb800 per parcel; while the maximum value of articles posted from other countries and region is Rmb1,000 per parcel. Articles exceeding the said maximum value will be returned to the sender by the postal service enterprise or they must undergo customs declaration in accordance with the regulations for goods import, otherwise, they would not be released and delivered as personal articles.

Should there be only one integral item inside the postal parcel which is confirmed by the Customs after examination as for personal use, even if the value of the item exceeds the limit, it would still be allowed to enter the country upon paying tax in accordance with the regulations governing personal articles.

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