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Taiwan

Check our destination guide for postal restrictions and requirements

Prohibitions

The following items are prohibited from importation, meaning they won't be allowed to enter the destination country, territory or region.

To check which items are considered dangerous and prohibited for sending from Australia, download our dangerous goods guide (1.2MB).

  • Antiques
  • Alcohol
  • Asparagus
  • Animal products
  • Beverages, non-alcoholic
  • Camphor
  • Coin collectors items
  • Cosmetics, medicated
  • Drugs
  • Food in capsule or tablet form
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Gambling items
  • Jewellery
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Mainland China goods
  • Medical devices
  • Molasses
  • Narcotics
  • Ornamentals, made of glass or mother-of-pearl
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radioactive materials
  • Radio apparatus
  • Seeds
  • Saccharine and similar substances
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Tea, concentrates, essences and extracts of
  • Video tapes with programs and films
  • Wines.

Transporting food of any kind is prohibited under International Courier.

Lithium batteries

Lithium batteries and devices containing them are prohibited from being sent via International Courier services.

Import restrictions

If an item is subject to import restrictions, it means that provisions must be met before it will be released from customs in the destination country, territory or region.

We recommend you confirm import restrictions with local authorities before posting:

Taiwan requires an import permit for many goods including all commercial items. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has any necessary permit.

The following articles are exempted from import declaration:

  1. Shipments by mail which do not exceed US $5,000 or its equivalent in FOB value.
  2. Import Permits shall be waived for import made by foreign embassies, international organizations, and foreign institutes in Taiwan, if duty-free certificates issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are provided.
  3. Import Permits shall be waived for postal items, which are not on the Import Restriction List, within US $20,000 in value.
  4. Postal items subject to Import Restriction List may, at Customs’ discretion, be exempt from Import Permit and released after paying taxes, provided they are in small amount and for personal use or for gifts only.
  5. FOB value means Free on Board value listed on the documents provided by the consignee or appraised by the Customs. If FOB value is unavailable, then 70% of the customs value appraised by the Customs will apply.

Import Permit

Required for cigarettes over 1,000 sticks, cigars over 125 sticks, cut tobacco over 5 pounds or liquor over 5 litres.

Okay to send? Send responsibly.

As the sender, it's your responsibility to make sure your items don't break any laws or rules – both within Australia and in the destination country.

Restrictions and conditions can change at short notice so the information on this page should be used as a guide only. For the latest information, you should check the UPU prohibitions & restrictions (PDF 7.2MB) or contact the destination country's customs, postal trade or government authority.

It's also your responsibility to check if the destination country imposes any duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees on the item you're sending. If you're unsure, please contact the consulate office of the destination country.

Special documentation

In addition to our customs forms, authorities in the destination country, territory or region require further documentation for some items.

Addressing

All mail should show taiwan as the last part of the address.

Delivery locations & exclusions

Before sending to this destination, it’s worth noting a few more details about our international delivery services.

  • International Express (carried via the EMS network) - Parcels deliver to main cities and towns

    International Express - Parcels does deliver to a Post Office Box and to Poste Restante.
  • International Courier

    Check our International Courier page to find a participating Post Office.

    Shipments must be lodged at the counter by 2pm to guarantee two business day delivery (excluding time with border agencies). Maximum shipment size is 50x50x50 cm.

    International Courier Declaration and DHL Airway Bill forms, available at participating retail centres, need to be filled out by hand and attached to the shipment (instructions available in-store). For Customs declarations, articles may not be declared as containing "Personal effects".

    International Courier does not deliver to a Post Office Box or Poste Restante.

    Metropolitan delivery to (valid postcodes in brackets):
    • Taipei (100 to 116)
    • Kaohsiung (800 to 813)
      Note: guarantee of delivery in 2 business days does not apply to 805.
    • Taichung (400 to 408)
    • Tainan (700 to 709)

For more information from the overseas carrier, check the Chungwa Post Co. website.

Make sure it's safe to send

Some items are considered dangerous and unsuitable for sending from Australia, even if they’re not prohibited by the destination country.