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China Postal Service Clarifies Scope for Prohibited Items

China’s State Post Bureau has spelled out the scope of prohibited items in the Provisions for Administration of Articles Prohibited from Mailing.

Jointly released with the ministries of State Security and Public Security, the new provisions come with a guidance catalogue, setting forth the requirements for prohibited items from mailing (including by express post) in terms of, among others, the range of goods applicable. Falling within the scope are parcels which may harm state security, disrupt social order and undermine social stability, which, being explosive, inflammable, corrosive or radioactive, may be hazardous in the process of delivery, and which are prohibited by laws and regulations.

The new provisions spell out the obligations of various parties involved, giving plenty of coverage to mailing enterprises, for example, which are required to make known to the public the provisions and the guidance catalogue by displaying the relevant documents in their business premises along with other forms of publication. The enterprises are also required to establish safety education and training systems, and provide staff training and education as such, to strengthen their preparedness, knowledge in identifying and capability to dispose of the prohibited items. Inspection rules before delivery are to be strictly enforced by enterprises to prevent delivery of prohibited items; and the enterprises are required to develop security inspection systems and prohibited items disposal SOPs (standard operating procedures).

For details of the provisions and the guidance catalogue in Chinese, please see:



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