Do you know anything about imports of prints( books, magazines,
etc.)? Are all types of prints allowed to import by post? Shall
posted prints be taxed? Hereunder, Seahog, a professional customs broker in China, will share something about import & export of prints.
What are prints?
Pursuant to relevant regulation of Order #161 of General
Administration of China Customs, PRC Customs Supervision Measures
on Entry & Exit Prints and Audio & Video Products, prints
refers to duplicates reprinted on paper or other common materials
using use images or original manuscript as printing plates.
Are imported prints and audio/video products for personal use
China customs grant duty-free inspection and release for imported
personal used prints and audio/video products within below
1.Offprinted book, newspaper, periodical publications, 10 pieces or
less per person per time.
2.Single audio/video products, 20 pieces or less per person per
3.Books or other publications issued as set, 3 sets or less per
person per time.
4.Audio/video products issued as set, 3 sets or less per person per
When imported personal used printed and audio/video products exceed
above regulated quantity but are still within the reasonable
quantity for personal use, customs shall collect import taxes on
the exceeding section in accordance with the relevant regulations
on import taxes for imported articles as specified in PRC Import
& Export Tariff Regulations.
In what circumstances, prints and audio/video products shall handle
customs clearance procedures as imported goods.
In one of below circumstances, China customs will handle relevant
procedures in accordance with laws on all imported prints and
audio/video products as imported goods
1.Personal carried or posted offprinted books, newspaper,
periodical publications, exceeding 50 pieces per person per time.
2.Personal carried or posted single audio/video products, exceeding
100 pieces per person per time
3.Personal carried or posted books or other publications issued as
set, exceeding 10 sets per person per time.
4.Personal carried or posted audio/video products issued as set,
exceeding 10 sets per person per time
5.Other circumstances that form characteristics of goods.
How to declare overseas donated prints and audio/video products?
To declare overseas donated prints and audio/video products, the
donee unit shall submit Donation Letter issued by the donator, the
accept letter by the donee, and the relevant packing list. When the
overseas donated prints exceed 100 pieces or the donated
audio/video products exceeds 200 pieces, the donee unit shall
submit approval documents issued by the competent department of
State Council and the above mentioned documents.
Can religious prints and audio/video products be imported?
Personal carried/posted religious prints and audio/video products
that are within reasonable quantity range for personal use are
allowed to import.
When personal carries/posted religious prints and audio/video
products exceed reasonable quantity for personal use, customs will
collect import taxes, do inspection and release based on the
proving document(s) issued by National Religious Affairs
Administration or its entrusted Provincial Level Religious Affairs
Administrative Department or other competent department(s) of State
Council. When the mentioned proving document(s) can not be
provided, China customs will handle pursuant to relative
regulations in PRC Customs Implementing Regulations on
Religious prints and audio/video products that are sporadic are
prohibited from importing.