Be Wary of Shipping these 3 Items to China

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Everyday, our customers come in with a variety of requests – from shipping beef rendang to e-scooters – so much so that we’ve decided to roll out a series of articles for common restricted items per country.

For this article we’ve chosen to start with the country that has the highest number of shipping requests for the month of August. Here are three things you need to know about shipping to China.

1. Milk Powder, & Baby Milk Powder.

In 2008, the Chinese milk powder scandal was a significant food safety issue. Manufacturers tainted milk and infant milk powder with melamine to artificially boost protein levels in the formula, leading to thousands of babies poisoned and even six deaths. Trust in China’s domestic milk powder manufacturers dropped, and demand for foreign brands surged.

Our customers often want to send over milk powder or baby milk formula to China, so we’ve summarised the 3 main key restrictions to note before you pack:

  • Baby milk powder shipped to China has to be declared on the shipping form as personal effects.
  • The maximum total weight of baby milk powder AND milk powder per package cannot exceed 5kg.
  • Total value of the powder shipment must be below 1000 yuan, or, roughly 200 SGD.

sending infant formula milk overseas

Bellamy’s Organic Infant Formula Milk Tin (900g) (Photo Cr. Watsons Singapore)

You might want to ship in bulk as a single package. But if one tin is about 900g – 1kg, you might be better off shipping this in as multiple packages.

2. Laptops, mobile phones, electronic devices.

Shipping electronics overseas is not uncommon. If you’re looking to send over any laptops, mobile phones, it must have the China Compulsory Certification (CCC) safety mark on the device itself.

CCC mark on electronics for shipping electronics overseas by air

CCC Safety Mark (Photo cr. Wikipedia)

Electronic devices that are declared as personal effects are not subjected to this regulation. However, when in doubt, always check with the Chinese authorities beforehand lest your package be rejected by Chinese customs if it violates any restrictions.

3. Artwork, antiques, cultural artifacts

Shipping artwork internationally has multiple concerns in terms of packing and customs regulations that you can find here (link) – but for shipping artwork to China, there’s just one main thing to note:

If you’re shipping artwork that is, but not limited to, fine art pieces, any media, film or photographs, they cannot be deemed detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China.

When In Doubt, Ask JustShip!

There are many do’s and don’ts of shipping items overseas, and certain countries are trickier than others. Want to ship to China and wondering if your items are restricted? WhatsApp us or email us at

We offer the most customer-friendly rates for a friction-free shipping experience. Got a parcel? JustShip with us today!

February 10, 2021
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