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Kaohsiung (TWKHH), Kaohsiung, Taiwan


Kaohsiung (TWKHH), Kaohsiung, Taiwan
No. 62 Linhai 2nd Road. Gushan District, Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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37.1 million (2010)
9.47 million TEUs (2005)

Requirements to ship to the ports

For Transhipment container only following commodities must be specified clear in transhipment documentation as Custom authority restrictions.MushroomCigarette or CigarsAlcohol product/ Wine/ Bear/ Brandy and etc.,Agricultural produce and Chinese medicine (strictly applies for export from China PRC and region)

Cargo volume is mandatory information and measurement must be manifested in CBM for custom submission.

The Negative List (in Chinese only) outlines products where import restrictions apply and for which permits or licensing may be required. Commodities on the Negative List include items with national defense, social stability, cultural protection, sanitary, moral, environmental, and ecological implications, as well as those subject to policy demands or covered under certain international agreements. Products subject to import bans can be imported only with a special permit from the Board of Foreign Trade, while commodities subject to other import conditions may only require general approval from relevant authorities.

A foreign supplier's pro forma invoice (quotation) is required to apply for an import permit and to establish a letter of credit. Shipments to or from Taiwan require a commercial invoice, a bill of lading or airway bill, and a packing list. A certificate of origin is also required for designated commodities such as sedans, other small passenger cars and chassis, tobacco and alcohol products, and some agricultural products. Shipments of agricultural products, plants, and animals to Taiwan may require certificates of inspection or quarantine issued in the country of origin and are subject to inspection and quarantine upon entry.

Commercial invoices are required for all shipments and must show the import license number; Free On Board (FOB), Cost and Freight (CFR), or Cost, Insurance, and Freight (CIF) value; insurance; freight; and discounts or commissions, if any. The commodity description and value shown on the commercial invoices must agree with those on the import license, if any.

A packing list is required for all shipments for which the number of cartons in the shipment exceeds two. In addition to the information generally included in a standard bill of lading, all marks and case numbers appearing on packages must also be listed. Customs does not permit the grouping of marks or numbers on a shipment of mixed commodities. Most documents presented for use in customs clearance processing must be prepared in Chinese to avoid delays and expedite clearance processing.

About the port

Strategically located in southern Taiwan, the port’s location ease the functioning of the import-export taking place along the coast. With this, the Port of Kaohsiung has made its mark in international trade with handling over 10 million tonnes of TEU’s annually.


It may interest you to know that the local logistics zone of the port is provided with 66 warehouses and sheds with a total capacity of 957.7 thousand tonnes of cargo. With berths specialising in different types of cargo, this port is replete with the modern infrastructure of berths, wharves, harbours and five container terminals.


Port of Kaohsiung started its operations in late 1600’s when it was known by the name Ta-kou. The major activities carried out by the port were the shipment of raw materials and food needed in Japan. In the year 1920, the port was developed and named Takao after which it began to handle the shipment of containerized cargo as well as 73 thousand DWT ships.


Recognised as an important modern harbour, Kaohsiung is located along the major trade routes of Taiwan. What’s makes it all the more different is the port’s 397 hectare Foreign Trade Zone which has started its operations in 2005. A port so strategically planned is boundto drive the regional economy serving as the agent of change.