Baggage Shipping to Taiwan
Important Taiwan, Province of China Customs Information
Most countries offer a generous duty free allowance for personal effects and the majority of Send My Bag™ shipments worldwide will not be stopped by customs.
Personal effects are usually assessed as used items which have been in the sender's possession for 6 months or more. If your bag is checked by customs and is found to contain brand new or commercial items your shipment may be assessed for customs duties and taxes. If you are sending Christmas gifts please check with the destination country so you are aware of potential customs duties, follow their advice and attach all necessary documentation.
Customs processes and allowances do vary by country and as such we advise all travellers take 5 minutes to check how their personal circumstances and what they are sending will be assessed under the prevailing customs regulations of the destination.
When a bag is stopped by customs for any reason (missing documentation, prohibited contents, commercial contents or further information required) Send My Bag™ records how long customs hold it for. Our historical statistics for this route indicate that if the customs authority stops your bag they will on average take 2 days to process it and release it back to us for delivery.
More information is available in on our customs information page.
In order to demonstrate your shipment is personal effects you will be required to complete a brief non generic packing list online, entries to be made in the format: "5 x Cotton T-Shirts, 2 x Jeans, 3 x Cotton Shirt" and so on rather than as "10 x Used Clothing".
What can I send to Taiwan, Province of China? What items are restricted?
With Send My Bag™ you can travel with almost everything you would normally find in a vacation suitcase. For security and customs reasons, however, certain items are prohibited. Please find these listed below.
- Aerosols or any other pressurised containers;
- Liquids, Pastes and Gels of any type (including nail varnish and perfume);
- Toner Cartridges;
- Animals and Animal products;
- Firearms and firearm parts, ammunition, explosives, weapons (including imitations of same);
- Dangerous / hazardous goods;
- Flowers and plant products;
- Human remains or ashes;
- Illegal or restricted goods;
- Medical samples;
- Items that require a temperature controlled environment;
- Prescription drugs and pharmaceutical products;
- Religious Artefacts
- Foodstuffs, perishable food articles and beverages including, but not limited to: Wine, Beer, Spirits and Champagne; or
- Packages that are wet, leaking or emit an odour of any kind;
- Valuables and high value items including but not limited to antiques, paintings, jewellery, precious stones;
- Cash or other forms of tradeable currency;
- Irreplaceable items.
More information is available under section 11 of our terms of service.
Items excluded from cover
The following items will be accepted but are sent at your risk and are not included under complimentary cover:
- Electrical Items, including but not limited to; Tablets, Cell Phones, Computers, Hi-Fis, TVs.
- Glass & Porcelain.
- Any other non standard excess baggage items.
If you choose to send any of the above please ensure you package the item appropriately, for example a TV inside a suitcase is not appropriate.
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Taiwan is an island that forms part of the Republic of China. It has an area of 36, 188 km2 and a population of 23, 3 million people. Taiwan’s main languages are Mandarin Chinese, Min Nan Chinese (or Taiwanese) and Hakka. Its currency is New Dollars (NT$). Taiwan has a tropical/ subtropical climate, with an average temperature all year of 71°F. From January to March temperatures can fall to 50°F and in June to August, temperatures can reach 100°F. It is a humid area with typhoon season running from June to October.
There is plenty to see and do in Taiwan, especially in the capital city, Taipei. These include Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall – a tomb and shrine to Taipei’s most well-known leader – the National Palace Museum, Taipei 101 – the world’s tallest building until only very recently - , and Taipei’s Night Market (Snake Alley), which sells all sorts of weird and wonderful things, such as pickled pythons! Taipei abounds with opportunities for shopaholics to spend their cash.
There is plenty more to see elsewhere on the island, such as the Chung Tai Chan Monastery (the tallest Buddhist temple in the world), which can be best reached from the town of Puli.
For those interested in the natural world, there is the East Rift Valley and Kenting National Park, with stunning beaches and a bird sanctuary. Taiwan is a great place for birdwatchers, being home to around 460 species of bird.
For the more adventurous, there are opportunities for hang-gliding and paragliding at Green Bay and the Luye Plateau. You can snorkel in the water around Green Island. Or, you can go hiking around Jade Mountain.
For an indulgent treat, try the Taiwan Hot Springs.
WHY SHIP TO TAIWAN?
Whether you are planning a city break to Taipei or intend to spend longer exploring all that the island of Taiwan has to offer, SendMyBag can help make your trip run smoothly. You can send you luggage to your hotel so that it is waiting for you when you arrive. This includes any equipment you might need to enjoy the many outdoor activities Taiwan has to offer. SendMyBag can also ship your luggage home again, including any purchases you may have made while out shopping – a lifesaver if you have gone a bit overboard! Sending your items means that you can jump on and off public transport easily and sail through the airport without waiting around at bag drop or luggage carousels.
Before you send your bags, there are a few things you need to consider first. Certain items are restricted from being sent by our services such as aerosols, liquids, pastes, tobacco, money or illegal items. Electrical items including phones, computers and tablets are permitted but are excluded from our complimentary insurance cover, as are glass and porcelain. If you’re unsure about a particular item you can contact our team of experts for advice.
When shipping to Taiwan you will need to fill in a personal effects form detailing what items you are sending and proving that they are not intended for sale at the destination. Our website will guide you through this so that everything can be completed quickly and smoothly. We recommend not sending items that total over $1500 in value to allow it to pass through customs more quickly and without being delayed or charged any extra fees. Anything that is stopped to be inspected will incur an additional charge and may take up to a week to pass through customs.
As always, please ensure that all of your information is correct before sending your bag especially your full name, home address and the address of the destination.