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Japan to China

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Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the prohibited commodities listed here, it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to China.

Import of Alcoholic beverages are strictly not acceptable as China is NOT an approved *ISC country.

*An International Special Commodities (ISC) is a UPS Special Commodities Program contractual service that enables selected customers under contract to ship certain previously prohibited articles, (for example, Plants, Seeds, Tobacco, Alcoholic Beverages, and Perishables including Frozen Meat and Frozen Fish).

Currently China is only approved to export Electronic Cigarettes. The remaining commodities are prohibited.

Antique shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an *International Special Commodities (ISC) contract. Antiques are defined as a work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or silverware that is 100 years old or older.

*An International Special Commodities (ISC) is a UPS Special Commodities Program contractual service that enables selected customers under contract to ship certain previously prohibited articles, (for example, Plants, Seeds, Tobacco, Alcoholic Beverages, and Perishables including Frozen Meat and Frozen Fish).

Currently China is only approved to export Electronic Cigarettes. The remaining commodities are prohibited.

Artwork shipments are restricted from Europe, the Middle East and Africa and can only be shipped with an *International Special Commodities (ISC) contract.

Paintings or other works of art can be accepted if the artist is still alive, the artwork is replaceable and an art dealer or gallery has appraised the artwork within the last year. If the declared value of the artwork is greater than $100.00 and there is a claim, the shipper must provide a copy of the original invoice, a bill of sale, or other proof certifying in writing the actual cost or replacement cost of the item.

Artwork includes the following: Original engravings, prints, lithographs, original sculptures, statuary.

The term "Artwork" does not apply to: architectural, engineering, industrial, topographical, commercial drawings, hand-painted or hand-decorated manufactured articles.

*An International Special Commodities (ISC) is a UPS Special Commodities Program contractual service that enables selected customers under contract to ship certain previously prohibited articles, (for example, Plants, Seeds, Tobacco, Alcoholic Beverages, and Perishables including Frozen Meat and Frozen Fish).

Currently China is only approved to export Electronic Cigarettes. The remaining commodities are prohibited.

Import of Biological (e.g. Microorganism, DNAs abstract, blood sample and etc.) is strictly not acceptable as China is NOT an approved *ISC country.

*An International Special Commodities (ISC) is a UPS Special Commodities Program contractual service that enables selected customers under contract to ship certain previously prohibited articles, (for example, Plants, Seeds, Tobacco, Alcoholic Beverages, and Perishables including Frozen Meat and Frozen Fish).

Currently China is only approved to export Electronic Cigarettes. The remaining commodities are prohibited.

Import of Electronic Cigarettes are strictly not acceptable as China is NOT an approved *ISC country.

*An International Special Commodities (ISC) is a UPS Special Commodities Program contractual service that enables selected customers under contract to ship certain previously prohibited articles, (for example, Plants, Seeds, Tobacco, Alcoholic Beverages, and Perishables including Frozen Meat and Frozen Fish).

Currently China is only approved to export Electronic Cigarettes. The remaining commodities are prohibited.

Gambling devices are prohibited.
Any form of weapons, including parts of guns, arms and ammunition are strictly prohibited including any form of toy gun or gun replica. If it is a part or piece that makes the firearm/weapon work, enhances, promotes or aides the performance of the firearm/weapon or if it operates or ejects a projectile, then it's considered a firearm & is prohibited.

Examples of prohibited guns/firearms are BB guns, crossbows, pistols, muzzle loaders, pellet guns, rifles, shotguns, starter pistols, Also included as a prohibited item are any device discharging an electrical charge (taser guns).

Parts of guns/firearms are also prohibited. If it is a part or piece that makes the firearm/weapon work, or if it operates, discharges, or ejects a projectile, it is prohibited. If it enhances, promotes or aides the performance of the firearm/weapon, it is also prohibited. Examples of prohibited parts are barrels, triggers, magazines/clips that hold bullets, night vision aids, and gun scopes or rifle scopes.

No approvals will be granted using the International Special Commodity (ISC) exception request process.

An import license from the Bank of China is required for gold or jewelry made of gold. For diamonds and jewelry made with diamonds, customs clearance can only be done by a customs authorized agent in Shanghai Diamond Exchange.
Knives are considered weapons if the intended use of the knife is to inflict bodily harm. If the purpose of the knife is not to inflict bodily harm then it's not prohibited, however please review the examples list as some knives may have a dual purpose.

All knives considered to be weapons are prohibited. Examples of knives considered to be weapons and are not admissible into China include bayonets, box cutters, daggers, hunting knives, machetes, pocketknives, switchblades, and swords.

Examples of knives that are admissible into China are butter knives (rounded tip and no sharp edges).

Examples of knives that MAY be admissible into China upon special request are collectibles, display purposes only, permits obtained by the consignee, and some knives if they meet certain measurement requirements (length and tip angle).

Special requests for items described on the list as prohibited, or items not clearly identified in the definitions can be submitted through your Global Brokerage Support for follow-up with China.

There is an embargo by Luthansa (the airline used by UPS to fly into Shanghai) on UN 3480 (group 965) being accepted to travel on small package service as Courier.

Lithium battery with or without equipment export from China Port should have a certification for air safety transport by the 3rd party test laboratory approved by UPS Airline.

Military equipment is prohibited.
China Inspection and Quarantine (CIQ) prohibits the following commodities into China. Pathogens of plants and animals (including fungi and germina, etc.) ,pests and other hazardous life-form - Relevant animals, plants, animal or plant products and other quarantinable products from plant and animal disease epidemic areas - Animal corpus
Personal Effects (for example, unaccompanied baggage) are classified as used items intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description. Note: Personal effects include Items that an individual has owned prior to a foreign travel/trip.

Customers must use an authorized UPS Store, UPS Customer Center or an ISC approved shipper to ship personal effects. The UPS Store, UPS Customer Center and ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "ISC-Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Customer is required to submit their passport, visa, & proof of entry to China (with arrival stamp on passport), an invoice with detailed itemized descriptions, value, freight & insurance & Explanation Letter of Import Purpose. With the above information, UPS China Brokerage will complete & submit Personal Import & Export Declaration Form to China Customs. China Inspection & Quarantine Bureau may require an inspection on shipment. Duties & taxes may be assessed by China customs, shipment may experience delays in time-in-transit and China customs may request physical inspection of the shipment.

Prohibited articles listed in the UPS service guide cannot be accepted as personal effects.

See Clearance Information - Category 3: Personal Effects to Eastern China for more details.

Personal shipments include personal gifts shipped from individual to individual (for example, gifts exchanged between relatives & friends), etc. It should be of a reasonable quantity & must be for personal consumption. See Clearance Information - Category 2: Personal Shipments for more details.
A Plant Quarantine Certification from the origin country Quarantine Agency or official authorized quarantine body is required. Shipments are subject to a compulsory quarantine inspection.
All publications, promotion materials, printed matter and others that threaten the state security, social and political stability, or are pornographic are prohibited.
Shipments of soil are prohibited.
Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.

Any assault-type, military, & martial arts items such as, shuriken, morning stars, spiked wristband, manrikigusai & constant companion belts. Items such as brass knuckles, finger ring, yauqua blowgun, kiyago baton or steel cobra, stinger, taserpublic defender, nunchaku, mace, tear or other gas, pepper spray. Slingshots and handcuffs are also prohibited.

Special requests for items described on the list as prohibited, or items not clearly identified in the definitions can be submitted through the International Special Commodity (ISC) exception request process using the following link:
http://bia.inside.ups.com/bia/apps/marketing/information/Prohibited/default.cfm


NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country of origin.
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