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United States to Taiwan

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Commodity Specific Stipulations

There are special stipulations on the following commodities when shipping to Taiwan. If you plan to ship one of the commodities listed below, be sure to adhere to the following stipulations in order to avoid delays and holds at customs.

Issued (validated) Airline Tickets - a face value should be declared.
Shipments of Animal Skins require an Import License from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of Baby Milk Powder require import licenses from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of camcorders require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of cellular telephones require an import permit from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Validated (issued) checks - a face value should be declared
Shipments of unroasted Coffee require an Import License from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection of Executive Yuan.

Roasted Coffee over 6kg require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.

Shipments of Communication Items require an Import Permit from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Shipments of computers and computer peripherals require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of contact lenses require an Import License from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of cosmetics should have ingredients, brand name, production date, and expiration date shown on the internal packaging. If the cosmetics contain medical ingredients, an import license from the Health Administration is required.
Shipments of Dairy Products require an Import License from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economy Affairs.
Shipments of Dental Instruments require an Import License from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan
Shipments of DVD Player require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of eyeglasses (excluding sunglasses), contacts, and cleaning solutions require an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
The term, "For Food Use" or other similar phrases must be indicated beside goods description on Invoice and an Import License from the Food and Drug Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare(FDA) is required.
A photocopy of the medical devices pre-marketing license or an approval document issued by the Department of Health, Executive Yuan should be submitted. In addition, the number of the pre-marketing license (consisting of 14 letters and digits) must be declared and listed in the import declaration.

If the medical devices imported are dangerous and/or exceed CIF value of 3,000 TWD, approval from the Department of Health will also be required.

Hearing aids not for human use are exempt from the above regulations. Importation of Mainland China products is prohibited.

Shipments of Liquids require an Import License from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs or Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of artificial medical apparatus, such as prostheses (for example, artificial limbs), require an import license from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of medicine require an import permit from Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of Military Equipment require an Import License from the Ministry of National Defense or the National Police Administration, Ministry of the Interior.
Navigational instruments require an import license.
Customers must use an authorized UPS / MBE (Mail Boxes Etc) Store, UPS Customer Center or ISC Approved Shipper to ship personal effects.

The UPS Store, Mail Boxes Etc, UPS Customer Center or ISC approved shipper will be required to identify personal effect shipments on the shipping label by placing "Personal Effects" in the Reference Field of a UPS "smart" label or in the Special Instructions Field of a UPS waybill. They must also clearly indicate 'Personal Effects' shipment on the Commercial Invoice.

Personal Effects are classified as used items (owned for a minimum of 6 months) intended for the consignee's personal use. Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis. "Personal Effects" must be clearly stated on the invoice and goods description.

All of the following documents must be scanned into DIS/SIR and originals on the package:

An inventory list with estimated values with the reason for importation (holidays, move, relocation) A confirmation that the goods are older than 6 months and that they are intended for personal use only A photocopy of passport or ID card Any items intended for any other use, such as wholesale or retail sales, business purposes, or for distribution are not considered personal effects and cannot be shipped on this basis.

Excisable goods (for example, perfume, alcoholic drinks, tobacco), medicine and perishable food can not be cleared as personal effects.

Personal effects shipments are not allowed in combination with Return Services.

Shipments of Pharmaceuticals require an Import License from the Department of Health of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of radios and radio equipment require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of satellite equipment require an import license from National Communication Commission (NCC).
Scanners (with value more than US$1,000.00) require an import license from Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of Smoked Salmon require an Import License from the Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection, Minustry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of Telecommunication Equipment Items require an Import Permit from the Directorate General of Telecommunications of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications.
Shipments of telephone equipment require an Import License from National Communication Commission (NCC).
Telescopes require an import license.
Shipments of televisions require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of textiles and garments require that the country or territory of origin be marked on each item. Labels must clearly state the material composition and brand.
Shipments of toys require an import license from the Bureau of Standards Metrology and Inspection, Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Shipments of Veterinary Products require an Import License from the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection of Executive Yuan.
Shipments of vitamins require an import license from the National Laboratories of Food and Drugs, Department of Health.

Prohibited or Restricted Commodities

In addition to the commodities which UPS prohibits to all countries or territories served (listed here), it is prohibited to ship the following commodities to Taiwan.

Import of Alcoholic beverages into Taiwan is permitted via ISC contract service.

Personal purchase - maximum quantity of five (5) liters. Shipments of alcoholic beverage requires consignee to provide a photocopy of the alcohol importer business license, or provide an approval issued by Ministry of Finance if total quantity over 5 liters.

C/O (Certificate of Origin) for Scotland whiskey will be applied for shipment exceed 5 liters.

If invoice value over USD 1,000, total quantity over 5 liters, Importer must provide import license/permit from the National Treasury Administration, Ministry of Finance. Whiskey imports require a Certificate of Origin.

The regulations for goods originating from China has been changed and classified into three categories namely Prohibited Items, Controlled Items and Approved Items for Import.

Visit the web site https://fbfh.trade.gov.tw/rich/text/indexfhE.asp for more information on the mainland China products suitable for importation into Taiwan or contact Taiwan Brokerage for verification.

Includes the following (this is not all inclusive and only a guideline): Military Aircraft parts, Military Motor vehicles, Tanks, night vision goggles', weapons, firearms, Artillery, Ammunition, Missiles, Explosives, military training equipment and protective personnel equipment, military electronics, space systems, Nuclear Weapons, Submersible vessels.
  • The export or import of defense articles which fall under the US State Department (DDTC) or ITAR control require special care to ensure shipments are presented to US Customs at the time of exportation or importation.
  • Failure to do so may result in penalties, seizure of the shipment.
  • Shippers who fail to provide the proper documentation and export details will have shipments returned to the shipper immediately.

UPS has compliance responsibilities under Export Administrator Regulations (EAR) and must know their customers and be aware of suspicious circumstances that may be present in an export transaction.

State Department Controlled shipments are those shipments which require either a State Department License (SDL) or SDL Exemption, also referred to as ITAR shipments.)

UPS (small package) State Department License (SDL) or State Department License Exemption (SDL Exemption) controlled shipments are prohibited to and from this country or territory.

Please note that UPS Freight Forwarding can address the customer's delivery needs by transporting these restricted shipments via alternate routes that bypass China.

Import of Electronic Cigarettes is prohibited.
Gambling devices are prohibited.
Any form of toy gun or gun replica is prohibited.
Shipments of knives will be inspected by Customs to determine if an Import License is required. If required the consignee must apply to a government agency and the shipment will be held until receipt of the Import License.
Products made in Iran are prohibited in our service due to a current embargo.

NOTE: Information provided by UPS is provided AS IS, may not be current, and does not constitute legal advice. In no event shall UPS be liable for any errors in the information, forms or features made available by UPS, or by any third party site linked to from UPS. Selection and completion of proper forms for any given shipment is the sole responsibility of the shipper. All shipments are subject to the UPS Terms and Conditions of Service in effect at the time of shipping for the country or territory of origin.
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