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Cultural Relics
    2012-04-20

Inbound passengers are allowed to carry cultural relics into China. If one plans to take the carried-in cultural relics out of China, detailed declarations should be filed with the Customs when entering, and he or she should go through formalities at the Cultural Relics Appraisal Institution. The declarations include submitting the names, quantities, ages, specifications, textures, styles, etc. Photographs may be required if necessary. After confirmation by the Customs, the cultural relics are registered for ratification. When taking the carried-in cultural relics out of China, one needs both the declarations and registrations filed for Customs clearance.

To carry, mail, consign cultural relics (including paintings and calligraphies of the late famous modern artists) out of China, declaration forms should be filled out and Cultural Relics Exit Permit issued by the National Cultural Relics Appraisal Institution or Invoice of Cultural Relics and Antiques should be submitted to the Customs. The Customs officers will identify the appraisal signs on the cultural relics for clearance. To carry, mail, consign cultural relics out of China without declarations, hiding or not, outbound passengers will be punished by the Customs according to law.
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