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Inbound Passengers Having Unaccompanied Baggage Shall Pass through the “Goods to Declare” Counter (Red Channel)

Recently, Taichung Customs has found inbound passengers failed to declare their unaccompanied baggage for not passing through the “Goods to Declare” counter (i.e. ,the Red Channel). As the result, the baggage did not qualify the duty-free exemption and was handled as dutiable articles.

The term “unaccompanied baggage” refers to luggage not arriving in the same aircraft or ship as the inbound passenger. The baggage shall be cleared at Customs within 6 months from the date of the passenger’s entry.

On arrival, the passenger having unaccompanied baggage shall state the quantity and main items of the baggage in the Customs Declaration Form and submit the form at the “Goods to Declare” counter. If unaccompanied baggage is not written in the Customs Declaration Form, the baggage shall be dealt with according to the general import procedure.

The passenger shall make declaration for the unaccompanied baggage within 15 days following the arrival date of the means of transport. When the baggage arrives, the passenger or someone authorized by the passenger shall fill in the Import Declaration Form with the statement of the contents, quantity, and value of the baggage, as well as the passenger’s date of arrival, passport number, and address in Taiwan.

Taichung Customs advises passengers having unaccompanied baggage shall themselves declare honestly and accurately the articles and proceed to the “Goods to Declare” counter so as not to lose their duty exemption.

  • Publish Date:2017-05-17
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