Personal items can be shipped into the country. Depending on the
items, there may be a duty/tax assigned through Customs. Because
most teachers come into China for a 10-month stay, they do not
"import" furniture or items.
A person can purchase almost anything in China. If a person
purchases an antique or a piece of registered art, they must have a
certificate authenticating the piece and the purchase to produce
when going through Customs at exit.
A person cannot export items for re-sale elsewhere, since that
constitutes a business and the person would need to have a business
license to do so. Many times, if a purchase is made at an art
center, the center will package the item and ship it. This takes
care of Customs difficulties. Much depends on the size of the
(State Administration of Foreign Experts Affair October 18,