Shipping To China
While China prohibits commonly banned items such as arms, counterfeit notes and illegal drugs, it must be noted that printed matter, including film and photographs that are detrimental to the ‘political, cultural, economic and moral’ interests of China are also strictly prohibited. This also extends to storage medium for the computer and other articles which contain state secrets. Perhaps it would be unsurprising to note that radio transmitters-receivers meant for secrecy in communication are also banned.
The political climate of China may serve as a dawning explanation for some: China remains to be one of the few socialist states which openly champion communism. With heavy restrictions in widespread areas, specifically against the free access of the internet, freedom of the press and the assembly, it would be unsurprising to note that any personal articles mailed from or to ‘politically sensitive’ states such as Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan are strictly limited to the value of RMB 800 in order to be considered duty-exempt. In addition, any personal articles mailed from and to other countries have a limit of RMB 1000 to be considered as duty-free items. The vague definition of a ‘personal use’ or ‘gifts exchanged between friends and family’ were left much to be desired. It is simply described as ‘reasonable quantities’.
The rule of thumb in mailing to and from China is to accurately declare the commercial value and quantities of the articles in the package, or otherwise one might be severely penalised. In the event that that your package exceeds the duty-exempt limit, it might be returned or cleared from the customs according the local goods regulation. If the package contains a single item in which its commercial value exceeds the duty-exempt limit, it might be imposed an import duty valued about RMB 50, which would be cleared upon verification by the customs.