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China Details Reductions to Personal Postal Articles Tax

The import tariff applicable to items either carried by individuals arriving in China or posted to a named individual on the mainland from an overseas location has been revised as of 9 April this year.  The changes to the levy – also known as the Personal Postal Articles Tax – have been introduced by the Customs Tariff Commission and are in line with an earlier directive from the State Council.

  • The tax on Category One items (including computers, food, toys and medicines) will fall from 15% to 13%, while the tax on Category Two items (including textiles) will fall from 25% to 20%.
  • With regard to those medicines deemed to fall within Category One, the exact stipulation has been amended to read: “Medicines subject to 3% import value-added tax, according to state regulations, will have tax levied at the same level as dutiable goods.”

For further details (in Chinese), please access the following link:

Circular of the State Council Customs Tariff Commission on Issues Concerning the Adjustment of Import Tax on Personal Effects (Shui Wei Hui No. 17 [2019])

State Council Announces Cuts to Government Fees and Personal Postal Article Taxes

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