Country Guide: Taiwan

Due to the current coronavirus/COVID-19 situation and restrictions in various countries, the below information may not be accurate. This pandemic is a fluid situation. Check with authorities for local laws and restrictions concerning movements.

Print Friendly and PDF
Updated: October 10, 2017

Find movers in Taiwan now!

Find a foreign embassy in Taiwan

Find Taiwan's embassies in other countries

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 be done 180 days prior to the pet’s arrival date.
    • It must be carried out by rabies reference laboratories of the World Organization for Animal Health or laboratories designated by the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • Only one of the following items may be imported per family:
    • Stove and refrigerator
    • Washer and dryer
    • Air conditioners and dehumidifiers
    • Television sets, stereos, amplifiers, turn tables, speakers, tape decks, receivers, video players
    • Duty rates for electrical items range from approximately 5% to 19.2% of the assessed value.
    • Wine and liquor (maximum 5 L may be imported by sea only).
      • If included in the shipment, it will delay the shipment due to Customs inspections which can take 10-14 days for clearance and calculation of duty and taxes, hence, demurrage charge will incur.
      • Alcohol under 20% will be charged tax at NTD 7.00 / per percent.
      • Alcohol over 20% will be charged NTD 185.00 / L.
  • Duties for wine and liquor depend on the type of alcohol as follows:
    • Wine and other spirit                             40%
    • Sparkling wine / champagne                   20%
    • Whisky                                              Free
    • Beer                                                 Free
  • Non-perishable food items can be imported in small amounts (maximum 6 kgs) in sea shipments only.
  • Food is subject to duty if the amount is too large for inclusion in a sea shipment.
  • Food cannot be sent by air.

Prohibited Items

  • Firearms, swords, long knives, and ammunition
  • Narcotics and non-branded drugs
  • If the shipment contains animal fur (lion skin, leopard skin, or ivory), please inform the owner of the goods to get a CITES approval before sending the mentioned items to Taiwan. 
    • Otherwise the goods will be confiscated and may also cause a lawsuit.

Consignment Instructions

Recommended:  Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.



Cultural and Other Information

CIA World Factbook

Wikipedia Entry for Taiwan

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.