What Do You Need to Know About Exporting Goods to Taiwan?

Taiwan has become a strong strategic gateway for British exporters looking to scale into Asia-Pacific. It presents a huge opportunity for any business seeking new markets. But before you begin exporting goods from the UK to Taiwan, it pays to know a little bit about the logistics process.

Exporting Goods from the UK to Taiwan: What Do You Need to Know?

What is the best means of transporting goods to Taiwan?

You can export goods to Taiwan through either sea transport or air freight. But with sea freight typically taking between four to six weeks, businesses with any time constraints or perishable goods will usually opt for air freight. When working with the right freight forwarder, door to door delivery can be accomplished in as little as 24 to 72 hours.

How will you move your goods between the airport/seaport and your origination and destination points?

At Plexus Freight, we work with a trusted network of international hauliers. So, whether you’re shipping from Bristol to Taipei or Magong to Glasgow, we can ensure that a timely and secure door to door delivery service is provided.

Are you sure that your goods are not prohibited?

While most of the goods on Taiwan’s prohibited list are fairly obvious – no drugs, no weapons, no live wildlife – there are other areas where you may be caught out. Taiwan is known to be particularly strict on food and beverage imports. So, if this is your field, look into the fine print properly.  You may find that you need an import licence or permit for your commodity line.

Is your paperwork up to scratch?

This is important when you are shipping an goods anywhere. But Taiwanese customs and excise have a reputation for being extremely formidable. So, take care to check and document your inventory, and complete your paperwork properly. Shipments to Taiwan require a commercial invoice, a bill of lading or airway bill, and a packing list. Certain goods will require a certificate of origin.

Do you understand how duties are calculated?

Understanding the duties you will incur is essential to understanding whether the exercise will provide a good return on investment. Duties on goods imported into Taiwan are calculated based on the cost of the goods, insurance, and freight value. For more detailed information, visit the Taiwan Country Commercial Guide.

Do you have the right shipping container for your needs?

Whether you are using boxes, crates, pallets, or shipping containers, ensure that your goods are packed appropriately and securely. And make sure that your packaging is compliant with the demands of your transportation type.

Have you chosen the right freight service for your goods?

While air freight is faster and more convenient than the alternatives, it’s important to remember that not all goods can be sent via air freight. Even if they are not prohibited in your destination country. So, check with your freight forwarder before you book.

Taiwan offers a lot of opportunities for both UK and importers and exporters. But in order to make the most of the market, you need to be prepared. So, do your research and find the best freight forwarder to work with.

Find out more about exporting goods to Taiwan with Plexus Freight.


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