The UK’s main importer, China is also a top 10 export destination for British goods; UK to China exports have almost doubled since 2009 and exceed £1 billion per month. The British Government is committed to further improving trade relations with China and supports an EU-China free trade agreement.
Sources: GOV.UK, McKinsey Global Institute
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Gateways into the Country: 10
Number of Service Centres: 131
DHL Delivery Zone: 8
Vehicle Fleet: 1819
|China: Country Profile|
|Capital:||Beijing||EXPORTS FROM CHINA|
|Population:||1.3 billion||Exports from
|US$ 1.971 trillion (2012 est.)|
|Area:||9,596,961 sq km||Export Commodities:||Electrical and other machinery, including data processing equipment, apparel, radio telephone handsets, textiles, integrated circuits.|
|Currency:||1 yuan/renminbi (CNY) = 10 jiao = 100 fen||Top Export Destinations:||USA, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, India, UK, Hong Kong|
|GDP:||US$ 12.26 trillion (2012 est.)||IMPORTS INTO CHINA|
|Time Zones:||UTC +8; no summertime observed||Imports into
|US$ 1.653 trillion (2012 est.)|
|Languages:||Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages||Import Commodities:||Electrical and other machinery, oil and mineral fuels, optical and medical equipment, metal ores, motor vehicles.|
|Ethnic Groups:||Han Chinese 91.5%, Zhuang, Manchu, Hui, Miao, Uighur, Tujia, Yi, Mongol, Tibetan, Buyi, Dong, Yao, Korean, other nationalities 8.5%||Top Import Origins:||Germany, USA, Hong Kong, Italy, South Korea, Japan, Singapore.|
|The times provided for
are based on the time
expected for Customs
in China to clear
the shipment. This is
contingent upon the
value of the shipment.
|Destination||Non-Dutiable Shipment||Dutiable Shipment|
|Beijing||3 days||5 days|
|Shanghai||3 days||5 days|
|Tianjin||4 days||6 days|
|Shenyang||4 days||6 days|
|Wuhan||4 days||6 days|
The list below is in addition to DHL’s standard list of prohibited items.
Advertising brochures or pamphlets and non-advertising booklets or brochures
Send as goods if quantity exceeds 100 items. Shipment needs to go through formal clearance.
Alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, foodstuffs, grain samples, plants and plant products and seeds
Certificate of Origin, sanitary certificate from origin country authority and import licence from CIQ required.
Certificate of Origin, veterinary certificate from origin country authority and import licence from CIQ required.
Books (hardback or paperback) for non-commercial use and publications not for public resale
Include ‘NOT FOR SALE’ or similar mark on the publications.
CDs, diskettes & computer tapes
For computer software, clearly state the purpose of importations, e.g. commercial/research/training/company internal use. Only authorised importers holding an import licence may import audio or video products for commercial or entertainment purposes.
Communications equipment, computer components and parts, mobile phones, mobile phone accessories & components, machine and electronic parts and telecommunications equipment
Import licences from CIQ and the Ministry of Commerce may be required depending on the detail of information of the commodity.
Import licence from CIQ required.
Drugs: Prescription and non-prescription
Certificate of Origin, sanitary certificate from origin country authority and import licence from State Food & Drug Administration required.
Magazines, periodicals, journals
For commercial purposes: can only be imported by government-authorised receivers. For personal purposes: must be limited to 50 pieces or 10 sets.
Limited to unaccompanied baggage or commodities and gifts sent from one private individual to another within reasonable quantity for personal use.
B2C (e-shopping) shipments cannot be cleared as personal effects but will go through the general clearance process.
Value limits: Shipments to or from Hong Kong: CNY 800; shipments to or from another country: CNY 1,000. Shipments exceeding the limit cannot be cleared as personal effects, except when the shipment is a non-separate single item – Customs approval is required for this.
Personal effects: Unaccompanied baggage
Limited to shipments imported within 6 months from the entry date on passport. The passport needs to have a valid visa and entry/exit stamp by immigration. Baggage Declaration Form needs to be stamped by Border Customs. Include a full list of articles.
Personal effects: Commodities & gifts
Copy of receiver ID, item list in detail and pro forma invoice required.
Personal mail / private correspondence
Only permitted if the recipient is a foreign student, foreign tourist or chief representative with a non-Chinese passport. Must be sent as goods.
Further explanation required if quantity exceeds personal usage.
Can only be cleared by an authorised third-party agent in the port city in which the ship is anchored.
Medical or dental supplies & equipment, tobacco
Import licences from CIQ and the Ministry of Commerce required.
Master tapes and video cassettes for resale
Import licences from the Ministry of Culture or State Administration of Radio Film and Television required.
For x-ray machines, please contact DHL Customs Services before shipping.