China Import Restrictions

In order to enter China, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of China government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the China, and which items need special documentation before exporting to China.

Import restrictions

Senders should determine import restrictions from China authorities before posting:

  • Costly traditional Chinese medicinal materials and ready-made medicines
  • Endangered and rare animals and plants and their seeds or reproducing materials
  • Foreign currencies and negotiable securities
  • Precious metals such as gold and silver and articles made thereof
  • Radio transmitter-receivers (objects used for secret communication)
  • Renminbi (national currency)
  • Tobacco
  • Weapons and parts of weapons

Special documentation

The last part of the address must be People’s Republic of China.

Prohibitions

In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, China prohibits:

  • Arms, ammunition, explosives and parts thereof
  • Addictive narcotics
  • Animals
  • Articles which involve State secrets
  • Bicycles
  • Cameras
  • Chinese securities
  • Clothing or bed linen, used
  • Coins banknotes, currency notes
  • Deadly poisons of all kinds
  • Endangered/rare animals and plants (including specimens thereof) and their seeds or reproducing materials
  • Food, unclean or from regions affected by epidemic diseases
  • Films, cinematographic, photographs, loaded recording tapes and videotapes, compact discs (video and audio)
  • Fans, electric
  • Fresh pork and all by-products
  • Jewels or other valuable articles
  • Manuscripts
  • Medicines
  • Personal mail only to foreign students or tourists or non-Chinese passport holders
  • Plants or plant products with microbes or insects
  • Platinum, gold and silver
  • Publications that are politically, economically, culturally or morally detrimental to the People’s Republic of China
  • Precious stones, whether manufactured or not
  • Printed matter
  • Radio-telegraphic receivers and transmitters and parts for such apparatus
  • Records
  • Securities of any kind payable to bearer
  • Storage medium for the computer
  • Sewing machines
  • Tape recorders
  • Televisions
  • Travellers cheques counterfeit
  • Valuable cultural relics and other relics prohibited as exports
  • Weapons
  • Watches

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under ECI Platinum.

Packaging

China prohibits items in opaque, sealed containers.