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Don't make the festive rush a gold rush

CUSTOMS at Pudong International Airport seized more than 3,230 grams of gold and gold products carried by travelers without declarations last year.

Since Chinese New Year is coming and Chinese people like to wear gold or give gold gifts during the holiday, customs warned passengers to pay attention to the amount they are allowed to carry and, if they have an excessive amount, they should declare it.

In December, officers seized more than 300 gold and silver commemorative coins that a passenger tried to bring into China without a declaration. In the same month, they found a passenger attempting to carry a 1-kilogram gold bar and two pieces of gold jewelry out of the country.

Luxury goods, cosmetics and electronic products are also popular items travelers like to bring in. In January, 210 luxury goods, including watches and cosmetics, were found in the luggage of a passenger returning from overseas.

A person entering the country can bring items worth no more than 5,000 yuan (US$740) obtained overseas and for personal use.

If the value exceeds 5,000 yuan, the passenger must make a declaration. If the goods are bought at the duty-free shop on entry, the allowed amount is increased to 8,000 yuan.


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