A mini program in WeChat called Tourists’ Fingertip Service (海关旅客指尖服务) rolled out by Beijing customs started to run on-line from Oct 30.
Beijing Customs announced the launch of a WeChat mini program to facilitate customs declaration services for inbound and outbound passengers.
The new measure is part of the drive by customs authorities to improve e-governance services and make supervision of luggage more intelligent.
Passengers can use the mini-program to complete 6 types of customs declarations:
The service now operates in Beijing’s three ports including Beijing Capital International Airport, Beijing Daxing International Airport, and Beijingxi Railway Station.
It breaks restriction of time and space, which means that tourists can declare their needs in advance and avoid waiting in line at the service windows.
The mini-program has been used in Guangzhou since Aug 12, boosting the “Internet plus” government service mode and promoting the smart supervision of luggage.
It features useful reminders, automatic tax calculation functionality and OCR recognition, enabling passengers to cut down the time it takes to make declarations at customs to just five minutes.
“Functions like warm tip, article database, automatic calculation of tax payment and OCR of photos shortens the process of declaration,” said Feng Ruilin, luggage and mail section chief of the Guangzhou customs supervision office.
Though any passenger in the ports mentioned above can use the service, but we found that it’s available in Chinese only. Therefore, we recommend you to ask the customs staff for help.
Inbound tax-related items
You can scan the code to enter the mini-program
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SOURCE | The Paper / Guangzhou Customs