Prohibited Exports: What Cannot Be Imported from China?

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The first step in importing products from China is always to decide what to import. And no matter what you want to import, finding out whether it is a prohibited item is necessary.

Why Chinese authorities ban certain items from exporting

1. National security, social interests, or public morality concerns.

2. Protect human health or safety, animals, plants, and the environment.

3. Protect rare natural resources.

What cannot be imported from China: A Complete List.

If someone tells you he could export the products on this list, you must be alert.

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Prohibited exports regulated by-laws

The first batch of export bans (China):(2001)

1. Tiger bone.

2. Rhino horn.

3. Bezoar.

4. Musk.

5. Ephedrine.

6. Hair herb.

7. Carbon tetrachloride (used for cleaning agent).

8. 1,1,1-trichloroethane (used for cleaning agent).

9. Trichlorotrifluoroethane (CFC-113) (used for cleaning agent).

10. Log, unforged or powdered platinum.

11. Plate-shaped platinum.

The second batch of export bans (China): (2004)

Charcoal (the raw material is the wood that does not contain bamboo, excluding shell charcoal, core charcoal, mechanism charcoal, and other charcoal that is not directly fired from wood as the raw material).

The third batch of export bans (China): (2005)

1. Long fiber, other crocidolites.

2. l,2-two bromine ethane.

3. Two bromine chloride.

4. Aldrin, heptachlor, toxaphene.

5. Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBS).

6. Polybrominated biphenyl.

7. Dinoseb and its salts and esters.

8. Nitrate of phenol.

9. Dieldrin and endrinfluorine sodium acetate stuff and its salts and esters.

10. (2,3 – dibromo propyl) phosphate ester.

11. Benzidine (4, 4 ‘- diamino biphenyl).

12. Fluorine acetamide (enemy aphid amine).

13. Chlordimeform.

14. Dioxins.

15. Furans.

The fourth batch of export bans (China): (2006)

1. Silica sand and quartz sand.

2. Other natural sand.

The fifth batch of export bans (China): (2008)

1. Forest litters.

2. Peat.

Prohibited Products by Type

Plants and animals

1. Endangered wild animals and plants and their products exported for commercial trade purposes.

2. Commercial export of wild yew and its parts and products is prohibited.

3. Pearl shellfish endemic to China, such as Bai’s shellfish, penguin shellfish, and white butterfly shellfish.

4. Domestic production, management of Chinese medicinal materials powder.


1. Ractopamine and ractopamine hydrochloride.

2. DDT, chlordane, antling, and hexachlorobenzene.

Medical supplies

Raw plasma.

Manufacturing products

1. Products produced by positioners.

2. Cargo bearing the markings of a Japanese A6M Zero warplane and a German warplane during World War II.

Cultural output

1. Merchandise with “DARKIE” characters and other characters or graphics that demonize black people.

2. Goods and the packing thereof bear any contents violating the One-China principle.

3. Goods infringing intellectual property rights.

4. Audio-visual products containing the following:

(1) Opposing the basic principles established by the Constitution;

(2) Endangering the unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of the state;

(3) Divulging state secrets, endangering State security or harming the honor of the State;

(4) Attacking the Communist Party of China and slandering the government of the People’s Republic of China;

(5) Inciting ethnic hatred or discrimination, undermining ethnic unity, or infringing on ethnic customs and habits;

(6) Propagating cults and superstitions;

(7) Disturbing social order and undermining social stability;

(8) Disseminating obscenity, gambling, violence, or abetting crimes;

(9) Defames others, or infringes upon others’ legitimate rights and interests;

(10) Those that seem to have harmed social morality or the fine cultural traditions of a nation.

keep in mind


Before doing business with Chinese companies, you need to check whether the goods you want to import are prohibited, then you should check other information such as company structure & shareholders, intellectual property, related risks, customs registration information, business registration information, change records to avoid property loss. If you want to know this detailed information about a company, please contact us, we are willing to help you.

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