Unit 8 Customs
? Useful Expressions
1. Take out your passport, please.
2. Show me your passport, please.
3. Anything particular to declare?
4. Any prohibited goods with you?
5. Any arms, munitions, living plants or animals?
6. Anything else besides these?
7. Would you show me what’s in the bag?
8. Please put them on the counter and open them.
9. Cleared. Pass on, please.
10. You’re through now.
A: Good afternoon. Welcome to China. May I see your passport,
customs and health declaration form?
B: Yes, here you are.
A: Thank you. What’s your occupation, Mr. Smith?
B: I’m the general of the Far-East Industry Corporation.
A: You are here on business, aren’t you?
B: Yes, I have been invited by the East Import&Export Corporation
of China for business talks.
A: I see. Do you have anything to declare?
B: Yes, I have some foreign currency to declare.
A: Would you please fill out this currency declaration form? It’s a
record of the foreign currency you have brought in.
B: All right.
A: Have you got anything to declare, madam?
B: No, I haven’t.
A: Have you got any wine or spirits?
B: No, I don’t think.
A: What about cigarettes or cigars?
B: I’ve got some cigars.
A: How many, madam?
B: Two small boxes.
A: Passport, please, madam.
B: Just a minute, please. It’s in my bag. Here it is.
A: Thank you. Please fill out the Baggage Declaration Form.
B: All right. Shall I enter all my belongings?
A: No, only the articles listed on the Declaration. Part 2
? Useful Expressions
1. Do I have to pay duty on the cigarettes?
2. I don’t know what’s duty-free.
3. Just a few personal belongings/effects.
4. How much is the duty I have to pay?
5. How much should I pay for the duty?
6. What articles are allowed to be imported free of charge?
7. All this luggage is mine.
8. I have a small bottle of perfume.
9. Is it allowed to import the watch?
10. Where should I go through the customs?
A: Good morning. Passport, please.
B: Here you are.
A: Ah, thank you. Please bring your luggage here for inspection.
B: OK. But is there anything wrong?
A: It’s just a regular inspection. Do you have anything to declare?
B: I’ve got 6 packets of cigarettes and 2 bottles of champagne.
Besides, I have two cameras, one is for my own use, and the other
is a gift.
A: Well, the cigarettes and the champagne are not in excess of the
duty-free allowance. But according to our law, each passenger is
allowed only one camera duty-free. You’ll have to pay duty for
the other one.
B: OK. Where shall I pay duty for it?
A: Please wait a minute. I’ll make out the duty memo…Here you are.
Take this and pay to the woman over there.
B: I’ve pay for it. Here is the receipt.
A: Very well. I hope you’ll enjoy your stay in America.
B: Thank you.
A: Here’s my passport. I’m a visiting scholar.
B: Do you have anything to declare?
A: No, these are all my personal effects.
B: What’s in the bag? Would you mind open the bag?
A: Not at all. I don’t know what’s dutiable. Do I have to pay duty on
things for my own use?
B: No. You don’t have to pay duty on personal belongings.
A: Thank you.
A: Have you anything to declare?
B: One bottle of perfume and a watch.
A: Where did you buy it?
B: In Boston.
A: Do you travel a lot?
B: Oh…I got to see my sister twice a year or so.
A: Twice a year? How long has your sister lived in Boston?
B: Nearly ten years.
A: I see, that’s a long time. How much was the watch?
B: I can’t remember, but I’ve got the receipt somewhere. Would you
like to see it?
A: Yes. I’d like to see the receipt. Oh! I see you bought the watch last
B: Yes. Does that mean I’ll have to pay duty on it?
A: I’m afraid you will. Altogether on the watch and the perfume you
own me seven pounds.
B: OK. Here you are. Is that all right now?
A: Yes. That’s fine. I hope you enjoyed your stay in Boston?
B: Yes, I did. I had a fine time.