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Inbound and Outbound Articles Management
Luggage and goods carried by inbound and outbound passengers should be for personal use and in a reasonable quantity. The goods exceeding the reasonable quantity for personal use will be treated by the Customs according to relevant regulations. The objects prohibited from entry and exit by the state should not be carried into or out of China.
The inbound articles for personal use carried into China by non-resident visitors with a total value of no more than 2,000 RMB are exempted from duty. Articles in single category should be for personal use only and in reasonable quantity. However, tobacco products, alcohol beverages and another twenty specific items that are subject to levy should be treated separately according to relevant regulations; if one carries more than 2,000 RMB worth of articles, the exceeded value will be levied a duty by the Customs; if an article is undivided, it will be levied a full duty.
After obtaining the long-term residence permits, non-resident long-term visitors may file a written application for duty exemption on inbound articles for personal use in written form with the responsible Customs. The inbound articles for personal use brought into China for the first time may be exempted from duty, except motor vehicles and another 20 specific items that are subject to taxation by the state regulations. The inbound articles for personal use brought to China for the second time or more should be levied a duty. The Customs Office does not levy duties on specific articles imported by non-resident long-term visitors for personal use under the intergovernmental protocols.
Articles for personal use or public use, which are imported or exported by staff members of foreign embassies and consulates in China, may be exempted from duty within the Customs regulations under intergovernmental protocols, on condition that the staff members file a written application with the responsible Customs office.
Articles for public use, which are imported by staff members of resident offices, should be levied a duty according to the Regulations of the People’s Republic of China on Import and Export Duties. Specific Articles for public use, which are imported by staff members of duty-free resident offices under intergovernmental protocols, will be exempted from duty according to the law.