Import restrictions
Packing, marking and labelling
Methods of quoting and payment
Public health requirements

Import restrictions

Imports may be effected either under the Automatic Approval system or the Covering Licence system. Some applications for Automatic Approval items must be made to authorised banks; other items may be permitted entry without a licence. Applications for Covering Licence items must be made to the Board of Foreign Trade. Licences are valid for six months.

Permitted imports are classified into two categories:

1.Controlled – includes government monopoly controlled items, ie. petroleum; strategic and military supplies; and imported items, which compete with the produce of emerging domestic industries

2. Permissible – all other items

All importers, except those authorised to import on a deferred payment basis, must make a deposit with a foreign exchange bank within 14 days after approval of their import licence. The current rate of deposit is 10 per cent of the CIF value (Incoterms 1990).


Two-column tariff based on the Harmonised System. Most duties are ad valorem (per cent), based on the GATT Valuation Code – approximately CIF value (Incoterms 1990). Preference is granted to countries having trade agreements or diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

The Ministry of Finance administers customs regulations and procedures in Taiwan. Goods imported into Taiwan are liable to ad valorem (per cent) duty determined and calculated on the transaction value. Tariff rates vary depending on the product. Specific customs regulations also apply to travellers coming into and out of Taiwan.

Customs authority contact details:

Director General
Directorate General of Customs
13 Ta Cheng Street
Tel: (886 2) 2550 5500
Fax: (886 2) 2550 8111

Packing, marking and labelling

*Goods should be securely packed, having due regard to the nature of the goods, means of transport and likely climatic conditions during transit and delivery.
*Outer containers should bear consignee’s mark and port mark and should also be numbered (to accord with packing list) unless their contents can be otherwise readily identified.
*Labelling regulations are applied to all kinds of packaged foods and pharmaceuticals. If a foreign language is used in the label prepared by the manufacturer in the country of origin, major ingredients, valid date, manufactured date, product name, weight/size, name and address of the importer is required.
*Cigarettes must indicate the date of manufacture and display a generic health warning.
*Most textile goods are now subject to mandatory labelling requirements; importers should be contacted for specifics.
*Square recycle logos are required to be on recyclable containers, including those which are made from glass, plastic, iron, aluminium, paper, and aluminium foil, imported to Taiwan. For plastic containers, triangle recycle logos should also be shown.

Methods of quoting and payment

*Quotes in US dollars preferred but accepted in any free world currency. Should be by pro-forma invoice, and, if for machinery or engineering products, must enclose a catalogue.
*Payments usually by letter of credit.
*Imports on a collection basis are permitted on documents against payment (D/P) or documents against acceptance (D/A) terms.

Public health requirements

*Food additives, medical instruments, drugs and pharmaceutical products require prior registration with, and approval from, the Department of Health, Executive Yuan.
*Certificate of origin is required to register cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, food additives, agricultural chemicals and some medical instruments.
*Live animals, animal products, plants and plant products require health certificates issued by an approved authority in the country of origin. In Australia this is usually the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS), Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry-Australia.
*Use of DDT on agricultural crops or as a household pesticide has been banned.

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