Inbound Travelers Required to Pay Tax on Carried iPads
Travelers coming into Shenzhen are reminded by customs to declare if they are carrying the new iPad with them. Even if travelers are using the tablet computer for personal use, they are still taxable since it’s one of the twenty items under the national law that is taxable if brought in by incoming travelers.
The tax reminder came just as the new iPad was officially released in several countries and regions including Hong Kong. Despite the demand for the iPad, mainland China was not among the 10 countries to receive the new device, thus encouraging smuggling. Sellers are now accepting orders of the smuggled iPads and are charging 100 to 300 yuan more than the original selling price. Sellers are promising to deliver the product in one week after the order is placed and if there is sufficient supply.
The cheapest model of the iPad sells for HK$ 3,888 on Apple’s Hong Kong website, which is now accepting orders. Border customs will be intensifying their fight against the smuggling of the iPad and imposing the proper tax to inbound travelers who fail to declare the product.