Prohibited and Restricted Items

1. Rules Regarding Prohibited and Restricted Items for Export in Mainland China

1.1 Mainland China Prohibited Items for Export

  • 1.1.1 All items on the list of prohibited items for import;
  • 1.1.2 Manuscripts, presswork, films, photos, CDs
  • 1.1.3 Precious cultural relic and other cultural relics with banned on exports;
  • 1.1.4 Endangered and precious animals, plants, and their seeds and reproductive materials (including samples).

1.2 Mainland China Restricted Items for Export

  • 1.2.1 Precious metals and their products (gold, silver, etc.);
  • 1.2.2 Transceivers and communication secrecy equipment;
  • 1.2.3 Precious Chinese Herbal Medicines;
  • 1.2.4 Cultural relic;
  • 1.2.5 Other items with amount limit regulations by customs.

2. Rules Regarding Prohibited and Restricted Items for Import and Export Overseas

2.1 General Restricted Items for Import and Export Overseas Without any special conditions or arrangements, the following items cannot be imported or exported to any countries overseas.

(Different destination countries may have additional rules. Customs may make adjustments for certain items, which may cause delays.)

  • 2.1.1 Mailing addresses of land force/ navy;
  • 2.1.2 Skeletons, human organs or parts, human embryo, cremated or excavated human remains;
  • 2.1.3 Explosives, guns, weapons and their parts (can be carried to and from Puerto);
  • 2.1.4 Perishable food and drinks that require refrigeration;
  • 2.1.5 Animals alive (including insects);
  • 2.1.6 Plants and plant materials, including flowers (Fresh flowers from Canada branches or Columbia, Ecuador, the Netherlands can be delivered abroad);
  • 2.1.7 Lottery and gambling equipment whose import is banned by local and federal laws;
  • 2.1.8 Currencies (cash, coins, notes, securities, stocks with endorsements, bonds, and cash letters);
  • 2.1.9 Coins, notes, and stamps for collection;
  • 2.1.10 Pornography;
  • 2.1.11 Deleterious wastes that include but not limit to used needles, injectors, or other pharmaceutical wastes;
  • 2.1.12 Items that may cause injuries, equipment damages, or other items’ shipping delays;
  • 2.1.13 Items that require transfer or import and export license;
  • 2.1.14 Items whose import and export are banned by any laws or regulations;
  • 2.1.15 Items whose custom values exceed destinations’ import limits;
  • 2.1.16 Any dangerous items not allowed by related dangerous item regulations and rules;
  • 2.1.17 Processed or unprocessed dead animals, including insects and pets (hunting souvenir samples as well as completely dried and processed whole animals or animal parts are allowed for overseas shipping);
  • 2.1.18 Damped packages, packages with abnormal smell;
  • 2.1.19 Wildlife, including animals and plants (Carriers shall get the permission of Overseas Fish and Wildlife Protection Committee before exports).

2.2 Prohibited Items for Import Overseas

The following items are banned on import by laws overseas:

  • 2.2.1 White phosphorus matches;
  • 2.2.2 Immoral products (Overseas Federal Government Administrative Laws. Volume 19, Clause 1.40), including movies, videos, photos, books, etc.;
  • 2.2.3 Products made by prisoners or forced labor Overseas Federal Government Administrative Laws. Volume 19, Clause 12.42);
  • 2.2.4 Coins, stamps, currencies, or securities forged or altered by any countries; cast plates or equipment used for forging and alteration;
  • 2.2.5 Spring blade knives/ butterfly knives/ gravity knives/ ballistic knives;
  • 2.2.6 Products produced by countries that implement trade embargo or are imposed sanctions;
  • 2.2.7 Items made of dog or cat fur.

2.3 Restricted Items for Import Overseas (Regulation Organizations)

The following items can be shipped overseas by carriers but require permissions from regulation organizations due to the restrictions by laws abroad.

  • 2.3.1 Virus, serum, toxin, antitoxins, and similar products;
  • 2.3.2 Animal products and animal feed;
  • 2.3.3 Wildlife, birds, insect bodies and products (fur, eggs, feather, honey, etc.);
  • 2.3.4 Seeds and non-propagative agricultural products;
  • 2.3.5 Imperishable food (canned food);
  • 2.3.6 Vehicles, boats and related equipment parts;
  • 2.3.7 Electronic products;
  • 2.3.8 Cultural relic (including memorials, architectural sculptures, and frescos before Columbus discovered American continent;
  • 2.3.9 Textile, wool/cashmere products, fur;
  • 2.3.10 Chemicals (including pesticides and fertilizers);
  • 2.3.11 Medicine, pharmaceutical equipment, cosmetics;
  • 2.3.12 Alcohol, wine;
  • 2.3.13 Nuclear and radioactive materials.

3. United States Shipping Prohibitions

  • 3.1 All pipes related to the use of illicit drugs such as ‘smoking pipes’ used as drug paraphernalia Articles containing dog or cat fur
  • 3.2 Hemp products such as cosmetics, clothing, food, etc. that contains tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)
  • 3.3 Immoral articles (as defined in 19 CFR 12.4) including films, pictures, writings, etc.
  • 3.4 Importation of prescription drugs by an individual U.S. consumer for personal use is prohibited unless FDA approved. There are exceptions/restrictions:
    • 1. prescription drugs, which are made in the U.S. and then exported, can only be returned to the U.S. manufacturer.
    • 2. Under limited circumstances as defined and allowed by FDA regulations, a small quantity of a prescription drug for personal use might be eligible for import in which case the following minimum information and documentation must be included on the commercial invoice and accompany the shipment: a copy of a valid, written doctor’s prescription; complete name, address and phone number of the U.S. licensed treating physician, name and address of the drug manufacturer; form of medicine (tablets, capsules, liquid, etc.); quantity; type of packaging; type of medical condition being treated; if the medication can be purchased in the U.S.; dosage and strength. Effective August 3, 2007 commercial shipments of live pigs, swine meat and by-products from the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland) are prohibited and will be refused entry and must be destroyed or exported.
  • 3.5 Kinder Surprise Eggs (Easter Chocolate Eggs with surprise inside)
  • 3.6 Merchandise from countries under U.S. Sanction or embargo
  • 3.7 Merchandise produced by convict, forced or indentured labor (as defined in 19 CFR 12.42)
  • 3.8 Petroleum or petroleum products of Syrian origin
  • 3.9 Switchblade/Bali song/gravity/ballistic knives
  • 3.10 The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) issued a Director’s Order announcing it will prohibit the import, export, and sale of elephant ivory, items made of rhinoceros horn, and other products made from protected species listed in the Endangered Species Act (ESA), with a few exceptions. Under this new order, ESA listed species are prohibited without an ESA permit except for those goods that qualify as an antique. Shipments of African elephant ivory, including antiques imported for commercial use are prohibited. In order to qualify as antique, the importer, exporter or seller must provide documentation that the goods are 1 years or older; have not been repaired or modified, were legally imported through an antique port, and were wholly made or containing part of an endangered species. FWS also required documented proof of the species identification.
  • 3.11 White phosphorus matches

4. United States Shipping Restrictions

  • 4.1 Prescription drugs, which are made in the U.S. and then exported, can only be returned to the U.S. manufacturer.
    • 4.1.1 Under limited circumstances as defined and allowed by FDA regulations, a small quantity of a prescription drug for personal use might be eligible for import in which case the following minimum information and documentation must be included on the commercial invoice and accompany the shipment
  • 4.2 Viruses, Serums, Toxins, Anti-Toxins and analogous products
  • 4.3 Domestic Animal Products and Animal Feeding Material
  • 4.4 Products derived from Wild Animals, Birds and Insects (furs, eggs, plumage, honey, etc.)
  • 4.5 Seeds and non-propagating Agricultural Products
  • 4.6 Non-perishable Foodstuffs (canned goods, etc.)
  • 4.7 Motor vehicles, Boats and their associated equipment
  • 4.8 Electronic Products
  • 4.9 Cultural Property, including Pre-Columbian monumental or architectural sculpture or mural
  • 4.10 Textiles, Wool and Fur Products
  • 4.11 Chemical substances (including Fertilizers and Pesticides)
  • 4.12 Medicine, Medical Devices, Cosmetics
  • 4.13 Liquors, Alcohol
  • 4.14 Nuclear/Radioactive Materials
  • 4.15 Hemp seeds must be sterilized and Import Permits may be required
  • 4.16 Hemp products such as cosmetics, clothing, food, etc. is acceptable if they do not contain tetrahydrocannabinols (THC)

The above lists are for reference only and may be updated from time to time without prior notice. In case of any discrepancies, the actual lists published by government or relative departments shall prevail.