China Customs Declaration

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.

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.

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

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,

5. Transceiver, communications devices.

6. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the 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 China:

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,

4. Transceiver, communication devices.

5. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the 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.


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.

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