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Customs Procedure for Moving Household Goods in to China

Customer must arrive in china before shipment in order to complete import formalities. Personal registration of owner of the goods and employer's registration must be approved before arrival of the shipment. Used household goods and personal effects are dutiable for Chinese persons holding a foreign passport and foreigners entering China for an extended period of time. Only one air and one sea shipment may be imported within six months of Customer. Shipments are subject to physical inspection by Customs.
This document is produced based on the information supplied at the mentioned date. It is recommended to verify this information with an agent prior to shipping. Goods Documents required Customs Prescriptions Remarks. Removal goods - personnel of foreign representative office, joint venture, wholly owned company. Import Permit is required for customs clearance.

Documents Required
Chinese Residency Card (Green Card). Original Passport and Authorization Letter. Visa/ Employment Card. Company's Customs Registration Book. Representative Card (required for foreign representative office). Company's Business License. Application Form with client's signature and company's chop Inventory packing list for all incoming shipments. 'Baggage Declaration Form'. Two copies need to be completed. identically and handed to the Customs officials to get stamped. The form returned to the shipper should be forwarded to his destination agent for clearance of his goods. List of goods and quantity to be imported must be in Chinese. Must list all items planned for import within six months from the date of approval of the application, even if not contained in the first shipment. Certificate of Origin may be required. Customs Permit. Health Certificate. Full physical examination with blood test to prove evidence of absence of communicable diseases, especially AIDS.

Motorcycles are prohibited. Privately owned vehicles are considered a luxury item and are dutiable. Restrictions and taxes depend on the type and size of vehicle. Subject to import duties of up to 200%. Documents must be provided to support the age and value of the auto. 
Documents required:- Written application to Customs Office, Import Cargo Declaration and Invoice. 

Prohibited Items
Drugs or poisons (Opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana, other addition inducing drugs and psychedelics). Weapons and ammunition. Fresh food, especially meat. Pornographic and subversive literature, films, tapes/ videotapes, CDs (video & audio), etc. Endangered and rare animals and their products. 

Dutiable/Restricted Items 
Alcohol and tobacco products. Foodstuff. Office supplies and furniture must be for personal use. Office equipment can not be imported as personal effects and are dutiable. Electrical/electronic items (new or old) are subject to import duties (including computers) make, model, and serial number must be on inventory. One of each electrical/electronic item per customer may be imported such as TV's, stereos, refrigerators, VCR's, washer/dryer. Audio cassette tapes, video cassette tapes, compact discs, etc. Radio transmitters and components. Bicycles. Oriental antiques and objects d'art must be declared in detail, otherwise re-export might be prohibited. Textiles and fabrics of wool, silk and artificial and synthetic fibers and bedding. Cosmetics. Cameras, watches, clocks and their parts and accessories. Small quantity of prescription medicines may be allowed (with a copy of the prescription). Computers/printers - only one of each item allowed per customer. Dutiable/restricted items must be clearly indicated on the inventory and loaded last for easy access.

Live Animals and Plants
Only one pet per Residence Permit, regulations for licensing of dogs are complicated and strict. Original Health Certificate of Rabies Vaccination is required. Subject to strict quarantine regulations. Owner upon arrival must arrange veterinary inspection.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for general guidance and all users are allowed to reproduce this information. cannot however take responsibility for any errors, additions and omissions or for any loss or damage that may occur from its use. As such it is advisable to contact the nearest customs office or the moving company you select for your move to China for full and current information prior to importation/relocation.