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Unaccompanied Baggage Declaration for Inward Passengers

Note: This guide is only for reference. If there is any amendment in the related regulations, the newest version of the responsible institution shall govern.

Q1: How shall the inbound passenger declare upon his arrival, if there is any unaccompanied baggage?

A1: The quantity and main items of unaccompanied baggage must be given on the written declaration when the passenger arrives.

Q2: If the quantity and main items of baggage are not declared on the Customs Declaration form, can the unaccompanied baggage be imported?

A2: In such cases, the unaccompanied baggage shall be dealt with according to the general import procedure.

Q3: Is there any time limit regarding the arrival of unaccompanied baggage? How shall the Customs deal with it in case the baggage fails to arrive within the prescribed time limit?

A3: Such baggage must arrive within six months following the date of the passenger's entry. If the unaccompanied baggage fails to arrive within the time limit or has not been declared in the Customs Declaration form, it shall be dealt with according to the general import procedure. Exception can be made in case the explanation given (such as delayed arrival of the vessel) is acceptable to the Customs.

Q4: When should the inbound passenger make declaration of unaccompanied baggage after his (her) arrival?

A4: Declaration for articles in baggage must be filed within 15 days following the arrival date of the means of transport, failing which a late fee of NT$200 per day shall become leviable from the date following the day on which the above time limit expires. If the baggage remains not applied for and the late fee for a total of twenty days has been charged, the goods concerned shall be disposed of by the Customs by sale. If there are any surplus proceeds of the sale after deducting the Customs duty leviable and any other necessary expenses, the Customs shall keep the surplus proceeds in temporary custody pending claim by the duty-payer, who shall apply to Customs with bill of lading or other relevant documents for refund of the surplus proceeds within a period of five years, after which time they shall be surrendered to the National Treasury.

Q5: What's the procedure of clearance for unaccompanied baggage? What kind of documents should be submitted to the Customs?

A5: When the unaccompanied baggage arrives, its clearance must be applied for, according to the general import procedure, by the passenger or by someone authorized by the passenger. The information required includes description of the articles, quantity, value, date of arrival of the passenger, the passenger's passport number (or entry permit number) and address in the Republic of China (Taiwan). The passenger also needs to file bill of lading, passport or entry permit, aircraft or steamer ticket or certificate of arrival and identity card when the authorized person is not a Customs broker. Moreover, it is necessary for the passenger to submit the following documents issued by other government authorities:

(1) Certificates of living abroad (such as the order appointing someone to work abroad issued by private company or government agency, certificate of studying abroad or immigrating to other country) when bringing in used personal belongings.

(2) If the total value of unaccompanied baggage is in excess of US$20,000, an import permit issued by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs (No.1 Hukou Street, Taipei ,Taiwan, Phone: 886-2-23510271) is needed at the port of entry.

In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the latter shall prevail.

Content Maintainers: General Affairs Section, Inspection Division


  • Date:2018-07-16
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