Customs Regulations

Posted on 31-Mar-2022


Used Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

Scanned copy of passport photograph and signature pages (picture must be clear and legible)

Scanned copy of the entry stamp, dated within the last 6 months (before shipment’s arrival date)

Copy of bill of lading (BL) / air waybill (AWB)

Inventory list / packing list in English

Owner of the goods’ arrival flight details matching entry stamp into Taiwan

Original signed Customs entrusting letter

Customs declaration form (inward declaration form)

Scanned copy, front and back, of the owner of the goods’ Taiwan ID (national citizens)

Scanned copy, front and back, of the owner of the goods’ ARC or work permit (foreign citizens)

Specific Information                                                               

Customs declaration form (inward passenger’s declaration) for unaccompanied baggage clearly indicating an “unaccompanied shipment”, completed upon arrival of the owner of the goods.

This form can be obtained by the owner of the goods by exiting through the red channel of the airport baggage declaration area.

If there is no declaration form, duty and taxes will be applied to the shipment.

Household goods and personal effects will not be cleared prior to the owner of the goods’ arrival in Taiwan.

All shipments are subject to inspection, excluding diplomatic shipments with a duty free exemption letter provided by Taiwan government.

Shipment arrival must be within 6 months of entry into Taiwan by the owner of the goods.

Used household goods and personal effects normally are entitled to be cleared duty / tax free if full documentation is presented to Custom Authorities.

For air shipments, advise the agent of all related information (AWB number, number of packages, weight, and contact name and number of company).

The average time for clearance after arrival is 2-3 working days.

Wooden liftvans loaded as a full container load (FCL) in sea shipments must be indicated on the original bill of lading "CY toCFS" to avoid delays in customs inspections.

Otherwise, there will be an additional charge of USD $300 for trailer from CY container terminal yard to CFS terminal warehouse for inspection plus USD $15.00/per CBM for CFS charge and USD 8/CBM for customs terminal fee.

Containers will not be delivered port-to-door, except for diplomatic shipments.

Containers must be unloaded at the Customs bonded warehouse for inspection.

After Customs clearance, shipment will be transported to the residence by truck / van.

The average time for clearance is 4 - 5 days for sea shipments.

All untreated wood (e.g., liftvans and crates) must be fumigated using ISPM 15 standards.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required

Copy of passport (photograph with signature pages)

Original certificate of title

Original bill of lading

Original Taiwanese ID (nationals)

Original of ARC (residence permit for non - citizens)

Work permit

Copy of vehicle invoice

Vehicle declaration form

 Specific Information

All vehicles must pass an environmental test performed by the Taiwanese government; otherwise it will be returned to origin at owner of the goods’ expense.

Vehicles not manufactured for the Taiwan market may not pass inspection.

Vehicles must use unleaded gasoline and be left-hand drive.



Documents Required

Copy of passport

Certificate of health from origin country

Vaccination record, must include rabies

Blood rest certificate

Specific Information

A quarantine period is required upon arrival.

The certificate of health must indicate breed, sex, age and microchip number of the dog or cat

The vaccination record must include date of vaccination against rabies with inactivated vaccine and whether the vaccination was primary or a booster.

No clinical sign of rabies shown up on inspection.

Need to apply import permit before sending pets to Taiwan.

The blood rest certificate is for neutralization antibody, titration for rabies antibody, and must