At present, China has decided upon a 5000RMB limit for tax-free articles carried by resident passengers entering the country, and 2000RMB for articles carried by non-resident passengers, who stay within the country borders. When taking into consideration the differences between the levels of national economic developments, the limit amount for tax-free articles in China at the moment is basically equivalent to the standards which exist in developed countries.
The person in charge of Chinese customs, Huang Yi, while answering questions of reporters, indicated that the limit of tax-free luggage for passengers who enter the country is in accord with the method practiced in the international level. The customs strike traders who transport duty-free goods for sale. This is in order to create a convenient and efficient custom clearance environment, maintaining just trade principles.
At the moment, there is a controversy our society. Some people feel that the "5000RMB" regulation implemented by the customs towards resident passengers, and the "2000RMB" limit for non-resident passengers one are too strict. Huang Yi says that the existing regulation regarding the luggage carried by passengers who enter a country, practiced in the international level, is the method adapted universally by each and every country. According to what is understood, Australia's limit for tax-free articles carried by passengers entering its country is 900 Australian Dollars, in England such limit is 390 Pound Sterling, in Germany it is 430 Euro, in the US it's 800 US Dollars ($100 for non-American citizents) and in Korea it is 400 US Dollars.
 免税 (miǎn shuì) - Tax-free, duty-free.
 "水客" (shuǐ kè) - Passengers who transport goods for sale.