Since the early 1960s, Taiwan has undergone a massive economic transformation. It is now the world's largest supplier of computer chips, a leading LCD panel manufacturer, and designer and builder of many other consumer electronics.
The Taiwanese have also become e-commerce leaders by having a 93% internet penetration rate (2019) and the highest proportion of internet shoppers in Asia.
With a large English speaking business community, shipping your goods to and from Taiwan couldn't be more lucrative.
Easily compare the best and cheapest shipping options to Taiwan through a variety of carriers using Secureship
Secureship provides safe and affordable shipping from Canada to Taiwan. in case you are an everyday shopper or a business,
you can easily save up to 50% on your international shipping costs by way of accessing our group buying power.
Shipments through Secureship come with full, easy to read tracking information to Taiwan
Signed By: Pikwalia @ Residence
Jun 2, 2023
Taichung, TA, TW
Jun 1, 2023
Tainan, TA, TW
May 31, 2023
Chiayi, CH, TW
May 31, 2023
Kaohsiung, KA, TW
May 31, 2023
Toronto, ON, CA
May 30, 2023
Ottawa, ON, CA
While we have made every effort to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, Customs laws and procedures change regularly so it is
important to consult a licensed broker in Taiwan before shipping any goods.
Types of Shipments
Not all types of shipments are created equal. Shipping a television will require different
paperwork, duties, and taxes than shipping an accounting statement, for example.
Here is a list of the most common types of shipments:
NOTE: You should be aware that shipping using this method doesn't guarantee that your items will be imported duty/tax free.
Not all brokers will clear goods as temporary imports (i.e. UPS, FedEx, DHL) nor is it a guarantee that customs won't charge any duties and taxes.
2. Commercial Invoice (CI) + an ATA Carnet
Completing an ATA Carnet is great option for items that frequently travel in and out of the country.
It's also great because once you have an ATA Carnet, it is accepted by 176 countries worldwide making the application process a one-time thing.
In addition to declaring your commercial invoice as a temporary import, you can get an ATA Carnet for the items that are of temporary nature.
Sample Commercial Invoice for Permanent/Sold Goods
Lee Teng-hui No. 221, Sec 2 Zhi Shan Rd Shilin District Taipei City Taiwan 111
Phone: +886 2 2881 2021
Carrier tracking number: 736534736
Permanent/Sold: Parts and accessories for Canon B78n camera
Invoice number: 123456MGEP4916926 Customs Broker: UPS Date: 30 May 2023
Description of Goods
Camera Lenses: Canon EF 50mm, Canon EF 85mm & wide-angle lenses.
Terms of Sale: None
Total number of packages: 1
Reason for export:Permanent/Sold Contact Name: James Smith
Total Invoice Amount: $1980.00
Total Weight: 10.0 lbs
Declaration Statement: I hereby certify that information provided is true and complete to the best of my knowledge
Shipping packages internationally requires a lot of documentation. This process alone can be confusing and time-consuming.
So we’ve narrowed down what documents you might need and ranked them based on likeliness of being needed.
Shipping Label / Bill of Lading
This is a label provided by the carrier (UPS, FedEx, DHL, etc.). Always required because the carrier needs to know the parcel's destination.
Required for all non-document shipments
For all non-document shipments, you will require 3 copies of the commercial invoice (to be included with your shipping labels).
These are for customs purposes and need to be included inside a document pouch outside of the box.
When creating a shipment through the Secureship website, the system will help you create this document automatically.
Required if value exceeds $2,000 per shipment or is a controlled good
A B13a is required if your shipment exceeds $2000 CAD or is a controlled good
and is destined to a country other than the US, Puerto Rico, or the US Virgin Islands
Canada has a preferential trade agreement with Taiwan. A COO proves that an item has been produced, manufactured or processed in Canada.
When an item with a COO is imported into Taiwan, it will incur a reduced or zero-rated import duty.
Certificate of Insurance (COI)
Shows that the shipment has been insured.
Banks may request a certificate of insurance when providing letters of credit for the goods. Otherwise,
it is generally your choice whether to purchase insurance for the shipment.
Used to avoid duties and taxes on shipments of temporary nature.
If you ship goods of temporary nature to and from a country, you can obtain an ATA Carnet to expedite the customs clearance process and
ensure that anything of temporary nature is not charged duties and taxes.
Customs duties and taxes are based on the CIF value of a shipment, i.e. the sum of the custom duty, insurance, and freight costs
CIF Value = Customs Value + Insurance Amount + Freight Costs
By knowing the CIF value of a shipment, you will be able to predict the duty and VAT owing by the recipient
The duty and tax threshold - the de minimis value - for shipments to Taiwan is NT$2,000 (about $95 CAD). This means that duty or taxes are exempt on shipments below this value, providing they do not contain tobacco products or alcoholic beverages.
This exemption is limited to 6 shipments to the same recipient every 6 months, i.e. from January to June and July to December.
If 2 or more shipments arrive on the same day to the same recipient from the same sender in Canada, the value of the shipments will be combined.
New Taiwan dollars (TWD)
(De minimis Value
NT$2,000 (about $95 CAD)
Duty Calculation Method
(De minimis Value)
NT$2,000 (about $95 CAD)
Tax Calculation Method
Duties on Imports
Imports incur a VAT of 5% and a potential duty of up to 30%. Duty-free items include books, laptops, and other electronics.
Shipments of tobacco and tobacco products, including cigars and cigarettes, as well as alcoholic beverages incur excise taxes.
Detailed tax rates for these projects can be found by clicking
You can purchase
through Secureship and it is provided by the carrier that will be transporting your shipment.
Each carrier will charge a different amount per $100 of declared insurance. If you indicate that you need insurance for your shipment our system will automatically include the insurance costs for your shipment.
Insurance is great to have in case your package is accidentally lost or damaged by the carrier. But be careful, not everything you ship is insurable. Worse - even if your package contains items that are insurable, if it doesn’t meet the ISTA 3A packaging standard, the insurance purchased through the carrier would not be available to you.
Here are some items that cannot be insured by the carrier:
Liquids (including alcohol)
Jewellery in excess of $500
Glass or Ceramic
And many more items
For more information, please see the carrier's terms and conditions.
Shipping to Taiwan from Canada can take between 3-5 business days through the fastest carriers available on the Secureship platform.
More economical services, such as Canada Post, can take up to 2-3 months to complete the delivery.