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Moving to Taiwan

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Here’s the moving advice you’ll need for any international removal to Taiwan…


Moving Household Goods And Personal Effects To Taiwan

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning an international removal to Taiwan:

  • Scanned copy of Passport (Of the individual moving/importing the goods) 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) - We will take care of this if completing the entire international removal to Taiwan for you.
  • Moving inventory list / removal packing list in English - We will complete this if you want us to undertake a full packing service for your removal
  • Owner of the goods' arrival flight details matching entry stamp into Taiwan
  • Original signed Customs entrusting letter
  • 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)
  • Customs declaration form (inward declaration form)

We recommend providing these as soon as possible to reduce delays with your removal to Taiwan. Late receipt of documentation can lead to missed shipments, additional charges and penalties at Taiwanese Customs. For your own protection, we will almost never ship your goods without the above in place.

Additional Removal Advice

  • 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.

Helpful Downloads

Click on the links below to download useful documents:

  • My Move Checklist

    To help you keep on track with your international removal.

  • Removal Inventory / Packing List

    For use if you need to provide a removal packing list or moving inventory yourself for your international removal service.

  • Removal Survey Cubic Calculator

    For use if you need to find out the volume of your move before making an enquiry. Remember when doing an international move, to allow a little more space for loading volume.

  • Removal Survey Information Form

    For use for you to better describe the requirements of your move. This outlines all the things that a professional international removal company would need to know to physically move your goods.

  • International Removal Insurance Form

    If you're taking out insurance with us, download this form, complete it and email it back to your international relocation manager.


Useful links

We always recommend speaking directly to the relevant embassy for the most accurate and up to date moving advice:

Popular Destinations in Taiwan

Pearson is vastly experience in international removals to cities all over the globe. Their long history and detailed knowledge of different countries makes them the perfect choice for your move. Here are some of the most popular destinations we are asked to move people to in Taiwan:

New Taipei, Kaohsiung, Taichung, Taipei, Taoyuan


Need Help?

If you are unsure about what you need, one of our international move managers is always willing to help. Just call us on +44 (0)1827 873 773, or fill out an international removal enquiry, and we’ll ease you through the process.


Moving Your Money

If you’re moving to Taiwan, it’s very likely you’ll have to exchange a large amount of currency. Many people waste thousands doing this through their bank as they think there is no alternative; but we partner with FC Exchange who specialise in doing just this. FC Exchange will offer all Pearson customers preferential rates when exchanging currency and guarantee to beat other rates you’re receiving. Ask one of our move managers about this, or click here to find out more...


Get Insurance

We always advise taking out an insurance policy with us on every move. Although we like to think we’re the best in the industry, the odd accident can occasionally happen. For added peace of mind, make sure to speak to one of our move managers about this.

If you have already contracted us for your international removal to Taiwan, then you can download the insurance form and email the completed form back to your international relocation manager.


Moving Your Car or Motorcycle

Below is a list of the documents you will need when planning to move your vehicle to Taiwan:

  • Copy of passport (photograph with signature pages)
  • Original certificate of title
  • Original bill of lading
  • Original of ARC (residence permit for non - citizens)
  • Copy of vehicle invoice
  • Vehicle declaration form
  • Original Taiwanese ID (nationals)
  • Work permit

Additional Import Advice

  • 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.

Relocating Your Pets

These documents will be required when planning to relocate your pet to Taiwan:

  • Copy of passport
  • Certificate of health from origin country
  • Blood rest certificate
  • Vaccination record, must include rabies

Additional Import Advice

  • 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/Taxable Items

Think very carefully before moving these items to Taiwan. Items on this list will be taxed and/or require specific permission to import. In all cases they must be declared prior to you relocating to Taiwan:

  • 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/Banned Items

Do not move any of these items to Taiwan:

  • 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.

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

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