China Custom Q&A: Vehicles Imported for Permanent Personnel’s Personal Use

1. Permanent Representative (permanent institutions) to apply for imported cars must provide the following documents:
1) Record card of the permanent institutions in the People’s Republic of China
2) The application form of entry and exit of articles for personal use in quadruplicate (Organization Seals and Signature of the applicant);
3) Identification Documents: 1 resident staff passport, affixed with the residence permit for more than one year (included) issued by Exit and Entry Administration; Hong Kong and Macao residents must provide the Hong Kong and Macao residents Mainland Travel Permit and more than one year proof of residence issued by the local police station. Taiwan compatriots must provide their Mainland Travel Permit and more than one year (included) Residence endorsement issued by the Exit and Entry Administration 2 foreign countries (regions) Representative Offices work permit. 3 Employment Permit for foreigners and Employment Permit for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao compatriot 4 a copy of the identity document.
4) Original and a copy of the vehicle bill of lading and packing list (consignee for vehicles should be the applicants for vehicle’s entering the country).

2. For Foreign resident staff enterprises in the three forms of joint venture, cooperative business and exclusively foreign-owned enterprises in China to apply for imported cars, the following documents should be provided.
1) Declaration Registration Certificate of Consignee or Consignor of Import and Export (original and a copy).
2) back up copy of the business license (original and a copy).
3) “the application form for entry and exit of articles for personal use” in quadruplicate (with the company seal and the Signature of the applicant)
4) Identification Documents: a. resident staff passport, affixed with the residence permit for more than one year (included) issued by Exit and Entry Administration; Hong Kong and Macao residents must provide the Hong Kong and Macao residents Mainland Travel Permit and more than one year proof of residence issued by the local police station. Taiwan compatriots must provide their Mainland Travel Permit and more than one year (included) Residence endorsement issued by the Exit and Entry Administration. b. Employment Permit for foreigners and Employment Permit for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao compatriot c. A copy of the identity document
5) Original and a copy of the vehicle bill of lading and packing list (consignee for vehicles should be the applicants for vehicle’s entering the country).

3. For overseas science and technology experts to work in China to apply for imported cars, the following documents must be provided:
1) “the application form for entry and exit of articles for personal use” in quadruplicate (with the company seal and the Signature of the applicant)
2) Identification Documents: a. resident staff passport, affixed with the residence permit for more than one year (included) issued by Exit and Entry Administration; b. foreign expert certificate and a copy of the original;
3) Original and a copy of the vehicle bill of lading and packing list (consignee for vehicles should be the applicants for vehicle’s entering the country).

4. Matters Needing Attention
1) Permanent staff can import vehicles such as cars, SUVs and small passenger cars (9 seats and below), the right wheel cars are not allowed to be imported;
2) Drive the vehicle to the customs , and hold customs entry customs seal, the fourth copy of the original ” entry and exit of articles for personal use application form”, the original and copy of the tax bill, the vehicle test compliance report to apply for customs seal of the license registration notice.
3) Permanent staff’s vehicle can be granted for transfer to others only after a year since the time of vehicle registration procedures was completed by the public security traffic management department. Replies above are for reference only; results from actual business scene shall prevail.
4) Permanent staff could import motor vehicle into China, limited to one vehicle per person, other long – term non-resident travelers shall not import vehicles into China.
5) since July 1, 2010, apart from the resident offices and permanent personnel high-level personnel and foreign experts who, in accordance with the relevant intergovernmental agreements, can import motor vehicles, other permanent institutions and Permanent personnel shall not import the used motor vehicles, application for their used motor vehicles entering the country shall not be accepted by the Custom.  

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