Trade Information - FAQ
While doing international business there are many different questions which may arise. Which tariff applies to my product? Am I allowed to export this specific product into that particular country? What about product inspection? Where can I find statistics about the foreign country? DEinternational is more than happy to help you find an answer to these questions.
Here we offer a list of links where you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions. Furthermore we provide a range of information which might proof useful in your daily business activities. If you still cannot find the information you need or are unsure how to proceed please do not hesitate to contact us. We will be glad to assist you in your business with Taiwan.
The German Bundesamt für Wirtschaft und Ausfuhrkontrolle (BAFA) offers information on export regulations. BAFA as a central licensing authority is responsible for the administrative implementation of the Federal Government's export control policy.
Customs and tariffs
For information on customs and tariffs in Taiwan please visit the website of the Directorate General of Customs under the Taiwanese Ministry of Finance.
Product inspection, standardization, metrology
The Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI) under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is the authority responsible for standardization, metrology and product inspection in Taiwan.
Statistics, numbers and regulations concerning Taiwan you can find on the website of the Directorate General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics under the Executive Yuan (Cabinet).
The website of the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) offers official information concerning Taiwan’s economy, e.g. laws and regulations, links to several sub-organizations of the MOEA, policies and measures, publications, a business guide and information for foreigners.
If you need further information on foreign trade and export please contact your local Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK).
The German Trade Office Taipei publishes a free newsletter in German once a week. “InfoBrief Taiwan” reports about the most actual data, news and events of the Taiwanese economy along with developments and trends of Taiwanese industries. It offers information on trade relations between Taiwan and China as well as Taiwan and Germany. To stay informed about current issues and the Taiwanese market please subscribe here.
Early Harvest List
The tariff reduction arrangement within the framework of the Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement (ECFA) signed on June 29, 2010 is called Early Harvest List. Since January 1, 2011 custom duties on 539 Taiwanese and 267 Chinese products on this list have started to be reduced step-by-step, thus in 2013 the tariffs will be down to zero. Download Early Harvest List.
Working Holiday Visa
Germany and Taiwan launched a joint working holiday program in 2010. A working holiday visa is a travel permit which allows travelers to undertake employment in the country issuing the visa for the purpose of supplementing their travel funds. The program is applicable to young people from Taiwan and Germany aged 18 to 30 who want to take a holiday in the other country and undertake short-time work there to help pay for their travel. Applicants who meet the required conditions will be issued multiple-entry working holiday visas valid for 12 months.
Download the leaflet issued by the German Institute (60 KB)
Presents and gifts in international business
In addition to the information provided above, we offer a list of useful links which includes associations, general and business information, German organizations in Taiwan, Taiwanese organizations in Germany, governmental organizations, foreign chambers of commerce and links to news websites.