Did you know that over 100 million packages are delivered in and around China on a daily basis? As a result, keeping this huge industry going with minimal disruption is a case of amazing organisation and strict following of regulation, but for those delivering a parcel to China for family and friends from abroad, these regulations aren’t always known in any great detail and can be difficult to navigate even if you do know them! If you’re looking to send a parcel to anyone in China, here’s everything you need to know so you can make sure it arrives in good time and condition!
Unless you’re only sending paperwork or documents, every parcel that you send through customs are going to be subject to duty and tax – well, except for any parcels under 500 Yuan. In order for your parcel to make it through customs clearance, you’ll need to fill in the right paperwork before you do. You’ll need to include details of what’s inside the parcel, where it was manufactured, the price of each individual item and the reason for sending the parcel in the first place. While customs fees will usually be around 20-30% of the value of the goods, it’s usually the recipient who is required to pay the customs charges upon entry, so make sure that they are aware that this is the case!
You’ll also need a tariff code, which you may be able to get from your official government website, however some couriers or parcel delivery organisations will calculate everything for you dependant on the details you’ve provided.
Restrictions And Prohibitions
The restrictions and prohibitions are the most important thing to pay attention to when sending parcels to china. These lists can change regularly, so always make sure to check before you send! In general, however, here are the restrictions you need to know:
- Wood, Cane, Bamboo and Rattan – these are subject to inspection, and will need to be fumigated. Processed woods also require a statement of how they were processed.
- Food Items – The laws for food are strict, however if you ensure that you have all of the required paperwork, that all food is contained in its original packaging, that it has not been tampered with, that it lists all ingredients and that it has a shelf life of over 6 months, you can often pass through customs with ease.
- Electronics – All electronics must come with a China Compulsory Certification (CCC), unless listed as personal effects. It’s best to contact the customs authority before attempting this.
Prohibited items are as follows:
- Anything that undermines Chinese ideology or culture (e.g. documents, media)
- Aerosols, Perfume, Nail Varnish
- Dairy or Fresh Foods
- Furs and Ivory
- Plants or Seeds
- Live animals
You should always check these restrictions before trying to send anything to China. As mentioned before, these laws can change regularly, however the basic shipping restrictions listed above are likely to always apply. In most cases, a courier won’t ship them either, so it’s best to take care and avoid sending these items where possible.
Shipping to China is simple enough when you know the rules and regulations you need to follow. Providing you have the correct paperwork and avoid any prohibited items, you’ll be sending your parcels with ease in no time!
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