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Proclamation No. 23, 2005 General Administration of Customs, the People's Republic of China [Jul. 1st, 2005|12:19 am]
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With a view to regulating the ways inward/outward passengers make declarations, improving transparency in the Customs law enforcement, strengthening the Customs control over passengers’ luggage, maintaining national political, economic and cultural security and following international customary practices, a decision has been made to introduce as of July 1st. 2005 a written declaration system in all air ports of entry in China, details of which are proclaimed as follows:

I. All inward/outward passengers, except those who are exempted from Customs inspection and control in accordance with relevant regulations, or those under the age 16 who are traveling with accompanied adults, shall make a factual declaration to the Customs at air ports of entry by completing a Declaration Form (Please find the attached samples).

II. All inward/outward passengers shall complete a Declaration Form as required and submit it to the Customs officers at the Declaration Desk. Statements made by inward and outward passengers on what they carry in ways, at places and at the time other than those required by the Customs shall not be deemed as legitimate declaration.

III. Inward/outward passengers who select “No” in all the items on the Declaration Form may choose to go through “Nothing-to-declare Channel” (“Green Channel”) for Customs procedures. The articles brought into the country by inward passengers for personal use and within the duty-free amount/value allowed by the Customs shall be released by the Customs free of duty. And those articles taken out of the country by outward passengers for personal use shall be released by the Customs.

IV. Inward/outward passengers who select “Yes” in the items on the Declaration Form shall provide in the corresponding space such details as description (type of currency), quantity (amount), model, etc., before choosing to go through “Having-things-to-declare Channel” (“Red Channel”) for Customs procedures. The Customs shall verify and release the declared articles based on the following rules:

1. Inward passengers

(1) Resident passengers may bring free of duty articles acquired from overseas worth in total of RMB 5,000. The Customs shall levy duties on the portion of articles whose value exceeds the duty-free limit.

(2) Non-resident passengers may bring free of duty articles intended to be left in China, which are worth in total of RMB 2,000. Those exceeding the duty-free limit shall be released subject to payment of Customs duties.

(3) Passengers may bring duty free into the country 1,500 ml. of alcoholic drinks (over 12% volume) and 400 sticks of cigarettes,or 100 sticks of cigars, or 500 grams of smoking tobacco. Those exceeding the duty-free limit but still for personal use shall be released subject to payment of Customs duties.

(4) Passengers who carry over RMB 20,000 in cash or foreign currencies in cash whose value exceeds US$ 5,000 if converted into US dollar shall be dealt with by the Customs according to relevant regulations currently in force. In the case that passengers carry foreign currencies exceeding US$ 5,000 in cash if so converted, which are to be taken out of the country at the end of their stay, a Customs Declaration Form shall be completed in duplicate, one of which shall, after being endorsed by the Customs, be returned to such passengers for relevant procedures at the time of their exit.

(5) Passengers who carry animals, plants and their products, microorganism, biological products, human tissue, blood and its products shall be processed by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(6) Passengers who carry radio transmitters/receivers or secure communicators shall be processed by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(7) Passengers who carry other articles whose importation are restricted or prohibited according to the law of the People’s Republic of China, shall be dealt with by the Customs in light of current regulations.

(8) Passengers who carry goods, samples and articles for advertisement shall be dealt with by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(9) Passengers who declare as having unaccompanied luggage shall be processed by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

2. Outward Passengers

(1) Passengers who carry for personal use such articles as cameras, camcorders, laptops, whose value exceeds RMB5,000 each, and which are to be brought back after their visit overseas shall complete Declaration Forms in duplicate, of which one copy, after being endorsed by the Customs, will be returned to such passengers for relevant customs procedures at time of their entry.

(2) Passengers who carry over RMB 20,000 in cash, or foreign currencies in cash worth of over US$ 5,000 if so converted shall be dealt with by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(3) Passengers who carry such precious metals as gold and silver etc. shall be processed by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(4) Passengers who carry antiques, endangered animals, plants and their products, and biological species resource, shall be dealt with by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(5) Passengers who carry radio transmitters/receivers or secure communicators, shall be processed by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(6) Passengers who carry other articles, the exportation of which are restricted or prohibited according to the law of the People’s Republic of China, shall be dealt with by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

(7) Passengers who carry goods, samples and articles for advertisement items shall be dealt with by the Customs in accordance with current regulations.

V. Written declarations may not be required for passengers, who are holders of diplomatic passports or are granted courteous visas by competent authorities of the People’s Republic of China, as well as those who are exempted from Customs inspection in accordance with relevant regulations. However, they shall produce their valid identification documents to the Customs officers for courteous treatment.

VI. Violators of the rules stipulated in this proclamation, who carry restricted, prohibited or dutiable goods or articles without declaring to the Customs shall be punished by the Customs in accordance with the Customs Law of the People’s Republic of China and the Implementation Regulations on the Customs Administrative Penalties of the People’s Republic of China.

May 23rd. 2005 Implemented 7/1

Yay, taxes on goods you already bought and bring back to China. Good thing my travel companions were smart enough to know this before we left China.
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