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APPENDIX H Selected Information on Postal and Customs Regulations of the People's Republic of China Since postal and customs regulations are subject to change at any time, it is prudent to check with the U.S. Postal Service and/or the Chinese Embassy as you prepare to mail or carry specific items to China. To help you plan, selected regulations in effect as of 1981 are summarized below. POSTAL REGULATIONS The following items may not be mailed to China: o currency, checks, securities, arid other financial instruments perishable biological materials (except for serums, vaccines, and required medications that cannot be obtained easily in China) arms, ammunition, and explosives of all kinds radio telegraph receivers and transmitters narcotics and poisonous drugs large amounts of used clothing for other than personal use used bedding material that is "harmful politically, economically, culturally, or morally to China" Gift parcels are admitted without an import permit if the value of the parcel does not exceed 50 ynan. Each family can receive no more than four gift parcels per year, with no single parcel valued at more than 50 ynan. All parcels must be sealed. Combined length and girth of parcels is not to exceed six feet. 196

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APPENDIX H 197 CUSTOMS REGULATIONS The tariff on selected items is as follows: medical and scientific instruments, electronic calculators . . . 20% medicines and patent medicines 50 % household and office equipment, tape recorders, cutlery, hand tools, spare parts, and accessories 50 % sporting goods and musical instruments 50% radios, record players, spare parts, and accessories 100% bicycles, other types of vehicles, spare parts, and accessories 100%