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Moving to Taiwan from the US

We can make your move to Taiwan, hassle-free. Taiwan has long been a favored destination for expats, known for its quality of life, affordability, safety, and friendliness. While it was previously ranked as expats’ favorite place to live by InterNations for three consecutive years, the 2023 Expat Insider survey now places Taiwan at No. 5 out of 53 destinations, with Mexico, Spain, and Panama ranking higher. As of July 2023, there were 10,626 Americans living in Taiwan, making it the 7th largest foreign community in the country. Despite the changes in ranking and specific numbers, Taiwan continues to attract expats due to its dynamic economy and unique culture, offering a welcoming environment for those moving from the USA.

At SDC International Shipping, we are your trusted partner for international household moves from the USA to Taipei and various cities. Whether it’s relocating vehicles, cars, delicate items like pianos, or precious artwork objects, we’ve got you covered. As one of the largest shipping companies in the US, we excel in managing everything from packing to import clearance paperwork and beyond.

 

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Moving to Taiwan Shipping Services 

When you engage SDC’s services, our team of logistics experts springs into action to ensure a seamless journey for your belongings or vehicles from the starting point to your desired destination.

Our international freight service encompasses a comprehensive range of tasks, including organizing packing, coordinating pickups, managing trucking operations, arranging road transportation to the port, and overseeing air or ocean transport. For bulky items, whether it’s a full container load (FCL) or less than container load (LCL) shipments, ocean freight is typically the preferred mode of transport. However, if you require expedited shipping or a more secure option for valuable personal items, air freight is also available. Moreover, our service extends to handling customs paperwork for both export and import processes, including duties to ensure a smooth transition.

 

Inventory List Preparation by SDC International Movers

Crafting an accurate inventory list is key to a smooth shipping experience. However, tackling this task solo can be quite a hassle. The ideal way to sidestep this challenge is to enlist the support of your mover, who can assist you with the necessary paperwork to guarantee that each item aligns with Taiwan’s customs regulations.

 

What Does the Process Look Like?

Are you wondering what the moving process looks like with SDC? Let us walk you through it:

To start things off, we’ll carefully evaluate your shipping options and tailor a solution that perfectly matches the contents of your shipment. For instance, when it comes to bulky furniture, ocean shipping often proves to be more cost-effective than air transport.

Next, we handle all the necessary paperwork to ensure compliance with border control regulations before your container, packed with your personal belongings or vehicle, is loaded onto a vessel in the USA. As your dedicated international mover, we also arrange international moving insurance for the container. There are a variety of insurance options to choose from. We’ll be happy to explain the various options you can choose from.

If your container cannot be filled with your items entirely, we may be able to consolidate shipments with other customers’ household goods to help you save on costs.

Several weeks down the line, when the container ship docks at the port in Taiwan, SDC International springs into action once more to ensure all paperwork is in order for a smooth customs clearance process. Subsequently, we arrange for the container to be delivered directly to your home address. This service offers a convenient door-to-door option, encompassing packing, pickup to the port, and delivery. Alternatively, you can opt for other delivery options like door-to-port or port-to-port. The door-to-door option is the most popular option because it eliminates the hassle of having to get involved in the process at the port.

 

Items You Better Avoid Shipping to Taiwan

What items are best left off your shipping list to Taiwan? Here are some things to steer clear of:

  • Skins, zoological specimens, and animal-made ornaments
  • Large quantities of medicines
  • Alcohol products like wines and liquors, which are subject to significant taxes. Additionally, obtaining permission from the Taiwan Tobacco and Wine Monopoly Bureau is necessary to import tobacco and wine.

 

Items Prohibited to Import to Taiwan  

When sending your personal possessions to Taiwan, it’s important to be aware of the prohibited items that shouldn’t be included in your shipment. These include:

  • Counterfeit coins
  • Gambling tools
  • Pornography
  • Weapons and firearms
  • Drugs
  • Toy guns
  • Knives
  • Food, trees, plants, soil, and vegetables
  • Items originating from China

 

What to Know About Shipping a Vehicle to Taiwan

If you’re considering bringing a car with you when moving to Taiwan from the USA, here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • Only one vehicle per family can be shipped.
  • If your car’s value exceeds $20,000, you’ll need to secure an import permit.
  • Expect an import duty of 17.5%, VAT of 5%, a commodity tax ranging from 25% to 30%, and a 5% business tax.
  • Personal items cannot be included in the vehicle shipment.
  • After your car clears customs in Taiwan, a testing fee of $2000 will be required.

At SDC International Shipping, we can move your car to Taiwan via three shipping methods: container, RoRo, and air freight. Contact us if you have any questions about documents or need advice on car shipping. 

 

Documents Required to Ship a Vehicle to Taiwan

When shipping a vehicle to Taiwan, both the USA and Taiwan customs clearance processes require specific documentation. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare:

  • Bill of sale
  • Original vehicle title
  • Power of attorney form
  • Completed online shipping application
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of the EIN letter for US citizens

To successfully import your car into Taiwan, it’s essential to have all the original paperwork for your vehicle ready for submission.

 

Testimonials

Moving to Taiwan With SDC International

“I am very pleased with the service provided by Melissa and James. Melissa was very professional, always there when needed, and doing her utmost she could to help out. John also made himself available and was patient with my calls and questions. It was good service, and my shipment arrived in good condition too.”  – Julia P. 

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