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In light of the prevention of importation of animal or plant disease or pest, as well as the administration of imported food products and the protection of endangered species, the following provisions were imposed on agricultural and foods products carried by arriving passengers:

A. Quarantine regulations.
B. Quantity limits.
C. Food inspection conducted by TFDA.
D. Regulations of protecting endangered species
E. Duty exemption.

If one carrys products involving quarantine issues, or in excess of quantity limits, or in need of a certificate or approval for customs clearance, please declare to the customs via the red (goods to declare/customs service) channel.

A.Quarantine regulations:

(a) Live animals and products thereof are banned from bringing in, unless:

(1)They are dried or marinated aquatic products.
(2)They are compliant with quarantine regulations, the Statute for Prevention and Control of Infectious Animal Disease.
(3)They are dogs, cats and rabbits imported following quarantine regulations (please see Pets).

(b) Fresh fruits are banned. Seeds, live plants and fresh products thereof are banned from carrying into Taiwan as well, except for those compliant with the quarantine regulations, the Plant Protection and Quarantine Act.

(c) A reference table for quarantine regulations on common animals, plants or their products carried by inbound passengers had been released by the competent authority, the Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ), to guide passengers through common questions toward quarantine.

Note:  Arriving passengers having doubts regarding quarantine regulations may consult the BAPHIQ counter near the baggage carousel for more information.


B. Quantity limits:

(a) Each passenger may carry 6 kgs of agricultural products in aggregate without an import permit, among that, there are special limits for items below :

(1) Milled rice, roasted or prepared peanut, prepared garlic, dried day-lily flower, dried mushrooms and tea: 1kg each.
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(2) Products from China:

  i) Dried scallops, dried abalone, edible bird’s nest and dried shark's fin: 1.2Kgs each.
  ii) Canned products from China: 6 cans each.

(b)For the passenger carrying agricultural products exceeding the foregoing quantity limits, an import permit issued by the Bureau of Foreign Trade (BOFT) is required for customs clearance. Additionally, in the case of carrying milled rice in excess of the limit, a permit issued by the Agricultural and Food Agency (AFA, Email: mcoa@mail.afa.goc.tw) is required as well.


C. Food inspection conducted by TFDA:

(a) Each passenger may carry food products (excl. those in tablet or capsule form) without the competent authority’s approval if:

(1)the quantity of one kind is under 6kgs.
(2) the totaled value of one kind is less than US$ 1,000.

(b)Otherwise, applying for food inspection to the Food and Drug Administration (TFDA, +886-2-27878000) is necessary prior to the customs clearance.


D. Regulations of protecting endangered Species:

(a) Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. (CITES):

For importation of CITES-listed species, such as dried or sliced american ginseng (Panax quinquefolius), a permit or certificate issued by the management authority of the state of export or re-export is required.

(b) the Wildlife Conservation Act:

(1)Importation of species regulated by the Wildlife Conservation Act also requires a permit issued by the Forest Bureau, Council of Agriculture (Protected Land Species) or Ocean Conservation Administration (Protected Marine Species).

(2)Furthermore, according to the article 24 of the Wildlife Conservation Act, no import or export of live marine mammalian wildlife or products thereof is allowed, e.g., seal oil.


In case of any discrepancy between the English version and the Chinese version, the latter shall prevail.
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  • Date:2020-05-12
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