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Taiwan

Capital: Taipei
Population: 23,373,517
Area: 1,664 sq. mi
Top 5 Largest Cities: 1. New Tapei 2. Kaohsiung 3. Taichung 4. Taipei 5. Tainan
Lanuage: Standard Chinese
Climate: Marine Tropic

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Required Documents for Import

To assist clearing your household goods, there are some important documents to help keep the identity of you and your goods clear. Please venture below to learn more about some of the needed documents.

Import Declaration – A document stating the household goods being shipped. Needed if you have to submit any import licenses.

Certificate of Origin – You must indicate the country of origin, must be in original ink of the shipper, in its original form, must be issued by the Chamber of Commerce, must contain a watermark or seal on the paper and with detailed descriptions of all goods.

Import Requirements and Documentation

When importing into Taiwan, you must be present to clear your household goods (HHGS) with Customs. You must have your shipment arrive within 6 months of your arrival. Every shipment is subjected to an inspection. You can have your HHGS imported duty-free as long as there is a reasonable amount.

  • A copy of your Passport with a clear picture and clear text
  • Resident Visa
  • Packing list in English
  • Certificate of residence
  • Front and back copy of your Taiwan ID for national citizens
  • Copy of your Entry Stamp that’s dated within the previous 6 months
  • Letter to allow your Destination Agent to clear Customs
  • Proof of Residency
  • Customs Declaration Form for foreigners
  • If married, a copy of marriage license
  • Copy of your detailed Inventory List
  • Copy of Work Permit
  • Your flight details coinciding with Entry Stamp
  • Customer’s arrival certificate
  • Proof of Employment
  • Birth certificate of any children moving along with you

Additional detailed document requirements

  • Customs Declaration Form for any unaccompanied baggage with the description of quantity and value.
  • Containers cannot be delivered from the port to your door unless you are a Diplomat. Clearance should take 3 to 4 days. Afterwards, your goods will be delivered to your door utilizing a van or a truck.
  • If you are not a Diplomat, very shipment is subjected to inspection. Your shipment must arrive within 6 months of your arrival in Taiwan.
  • Untreated wood is not allowed. All crates and lift vans must be fumigated in respect to the standards of ISPM 15.
  • If your HHGS are within lift vans transported in a Full Load Container (FLC), you must have “CY to CFS” noted on your Bill of Lading to be properly inspected. If you fail to note your Bill of Lading properly, you will incur a clearance delay and additional charges.
  • You have to be present to begin clearance at the port of entry in Taiwan.

The Examination of Household Goods and Entry Documents

Once your household goods have arrived in Taiwan along with your documents, both are subjected to examination by Customs. A CBP officer will examine your household goods to determine the value, correct markings, proper invoicing, existence of prohibited items, damages, deterioration and illegal narcotics. It’s important to assure all items are properly described and accounted for to avoid any delays or seizure of items. Once your items are approved for release, they are safeguarded by the proper officers.

Duty and Taxes

While your HHGS are being processed through Customs, your duties and taxes will be due to clear your items. Duties usually range from 2 to 60% and you Value-added Tax (VAT) will be 5%. Once your duties and taxes are met, your items are closer to being on its way to your doorstep.

Duty-free Items

There are a few items Customs will allow to be duty-free. To apply to the below exceptions, you must be 20 years of age or more. Below are the items and its restrictions.

  • 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 454 grams of tobacco
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages.
  • Up to $657.90 USD value of personal goods

Labeling and Marking Requirements

The correct labeling and markings are very important for Customs. Each mark and label should be in the English language. Please take a look below to discover the marking and labeling requirements.

  • The name and address of the importer
  • The country of Origin
  • Clearly numbered in reflection of the inventory list
  • The quantity

Prohibited Items

Customs will not allow every HHGS into Taiwan, thus there are prohibited items. Please take a look below at some of the prohibited items.

  • Narcotics
  • Drugs
  • Toy guns
  • Replica guns
  • Non-branded drugs
  • Fruit
  • Counterfeit material
  • Food
  • Items that can threaten the public interest and the national security
  • Plants
  • Gambling machinery
  • Swords
  • Arms
  • Meat or poultry uncooked
  • Obscene articles, publications, videos and/or software’s
  • Trees
  • Long knives
  • Ammunition
  • Any items from the People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.)

Restricted Items

There are many items that are due to restrictions when moving to Taiwan. Please take a look at some of the restricted items and their limits below.

  • Currency requires an import permit for import
  • Tobacco products will need an import permit for import.
  • Wine has a very high tax charge
  • Baby milk powder requires an import license from the Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • Any animal fur, skin or ivory or any endangered species must have approval from the city of origin.
  • Coffee that’s unroasted will require an import license from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection of Executive Yuan.
  • Dairy items will require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • DVD players requires an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Eye wear, except shades requires an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
  • Knives require an import license and inspection by Customs.
  • Electronic cigarettes must be have an International Special Commodities (ISC) contract accompanying the move.
  • Telephones are in need of an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Telecommunication equipment requires an import license from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
  • Smoked Salmon requires an import license from the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Toys requires an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Liquids are in need of an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology
  • Hearing aids must have a copy of the pre-marketing license or an approval document by the Department of Health, Executive Yuan, the 14 letter/digit code on your import declaration and if worth over $98.68 USD, approval from the Department of Health.
  • Contact lenses requires an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
  • Computers and its parts must have an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Navigation equipment requires an import license.
  • Medical items requires an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
  • Military equipment requires an import license from the Ministry of National Defense or the National Police Administration, Ministry of Interior.
  • Veterinary supplies require an import license from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection of Executive Yuan.
  • Food requires and import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Pharmaceuticals will have an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
  • Any communication items must have an import permit from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
  • Camcorders must have an import license from the Ministry of Economic Affairs
  • New items and appliances has to be packed correctly to avoid or reduce duties
  • Gold bullions requires an import permit for import.
  • Vitamins require an import license from the National Laboratories of Food and Drugs, Department of Health.
  • Radios and radio equipment must have an import license from the National Communication Commission (NCC).
  • Scanners worth more than $1,000.00 USD needs an import license from the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
  • Cosmetics will need the brand name, the production date, ingredients and expiration date.
  • Cellphones must have an import permit from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
  • There is a limit of 1 electrical item per family.

Receiving your Household Goods

The liability for duties are paid once Customs has cleared your shipment for release. There are no options of prepaid duties or taxes prior to exportation from a foreign country. Once your shipment is filed with CBP, the party and only the party listed as the receiver can pick up the shipment. If household goods are warehoused, the party of liability can be changed to another party, most whom purchased the goods. The Customs broker cannot pay duties, but can accept a check written out to the Customs and Border Protection to forward. Once items are received, all articles are deemed owned by the receiver and no longer in ownership of the CBP.

For more information regarding moving to Taiwan, please visit:

http://www.taiwanembassy.org/US/NYC/ct.asp?xItem=13506&ctNode=2973&mp=62
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1036.html

Directorate General of Customs, MOF
No.13, Tacheng St., Datong Dist.,
Taipei City 103, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
886-2-2550-5500 ext.2116

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