Things you need to know
As the owner of the shipment, you must be present in China when your shipment arrives. Seven Seas Worldwide MUST have your confirmed arrival date in China prior to shipping.
You will need to complete our online documentation which includes forms for an inventory of your shipment, insurance on your shipment, power of attorney and, for personal effects and household items, completion of the relevant Customs form.
You will need to upload scans of your passport: the picture page and your visa page, Power of Attorney, and a photograph of yourself with your open passport showing the picture page
Upon your arrival in China, you will need to declare your unaccompanied baggage so take the RED Channel at the airport and present your completed “Customs Baggage Declaration Form for Incoming Passengers” to the Customs officer. The Declaration must be stamped by Customs at the airport.
Chinese Custom Authorities may need to examine your original documentation, such as your original passport, Chinese I.D and/or work/resident permit. In such an event, our local Seven Seas Worldwide Guangzhou Office will contact you to inform you of what documents are required.
If you fail to provide your Customs Declaration Form and/or any other documents required by Chinese Customs on time, your shipment will be delayed and will not qualify for the tax exemption allowance.
If you arrived in China between December 1st 2019 and December 31st 2021, you can import without a baggage declaration form but you will be liable for paying additional clearance charges of CNY200.
If you have already returned to China and hold a Chinese passport, if you want to ship but are unable to obtain the original “China Customs Baggage Declaration Form for Incoming Passengers”, you will need to:
- Pay all taxes and duties, your shipment does not qualify for the CNY 5000 allowance.
- Provide your entry stamp and a letter of reason, which must include the date of your arrival into China, the reason for not obtaining the declaration form and confirmation that you will pay all tax and duties on your items.
- Pay for a one-time additional clearance charge of CNY200 provided you have arrived after 1st December 2019. You are allowed to import within this year until 31st December 2021. Any shipment not cleared by this date will be sent back to the origin with charges invoiced to customer.
Guidance for Chinese and Non-Chinese passport holders
Chinese passport holders will be liable to pay import tax and duties. if the value of the shipment exceeds CNY 5000.
Chinese passport holders living overseas for less than 1 year will not be allowed to ship any furniture into China.
Non-Chinese passport holders in possession of a Chinese Visa which is valid for LESS than 1 year will be liable to pay import tax and duties, if the value of the shipment exceeds CNY 2000.You will not be allowed to ship any furniture into China.
Non-Chinese passport holders in possession of a Chinese Visa which is valid for 1 year or MORE will be entitled to duty free entry if in possession of a work or residence permit, excluding any new item and books. The total value of the shipment will include all accompanied and unaccompanied items. The Chinese Custom Authorities may need to examine your original documentation, such as your original passport, Chinese ID, work/resident permit. In such an event, you will be informed what documents are needed by our Seven Seas Worldwide (Guangzhou Office).
Non-Chinese passport holder importing items exceeding 2 cubic meters, Chinese Custom Authorities may need to examine your original documentation, such as your original passport, Chinese ID, and/or work/resident permit(1 year or more) and any other documents. In such an event, our local Seven Seas Worldwide Guangzhou Office will contact you to inform you of what documents are required.
Restrictions affect many items being imported into China, for example sending milk powder is prohibited and can lead to you being prosecuted and possibly imprisoned. At Seven Seas Worldwide our aim is to make the shipping process stress-free and simple, with that in mind we have created a comprehensive list of prohibited goods along with any service based restrictions.
Quantity limits and high duty items
Quantity limits for certain items
Books, CDs, DVDs and Vinyl records can only have a maximum of 50 pieces per type to be imported, e.g. 50 books, etc, more than 50 pieces will be classified as commercial goods and importation blocked.
High level of taxes and duties for certain items
The tax and duty on TVs and golf clubs are very high, so please consider if it is worth it before you pack them, once imported the taxes and duties must be paid.
False Declaration Liabilities and Penalties
False declarations made within the packing list may lead the Chinese Customs authorities to impose administrative charges or in extreme cases the imposition of criminal charges and judicial prosecution. There may also be ongoing liability for demurrage, detention and other associated costs. These costs may exceed the shipping and freight costs already paid and can escalate to thousands and sometimes tens of thousands of Yuan.
Please note that the information contained in this document is for guidance purposes only. Seven Seas Worldwide is not liable for any inaccuracy, error or omission contained within this document. For official guidance, please refer to the China Customs official website.