Keelung Customs (KLC), with a wide jurisdictional area, is adjacent to the highly developed and densely populated Taipei metropolis. Compared with other field Customs offices, it has the following features:
1. Covering Most Ports:
Four international commercial ports: Keelung, Taipei, Hualien, and Suao ports as well as one industrial port: Hualien Hoping Industrial Port and two Mini-Three-Link ports: Matsu Fuao and Baisha ports are under KLC jurisdiction.
(1) Keelung Port:
Keelung port is close to Taipei metropolis, the political and economic center of Taiwan. After years of developing and expanding, Keelung Port has now 40 wharves in operation and 5 port container terminals, which are Keelung Port Container Terminal, Lianxing East Coast Port Container Terminal, Yangming Marine Transport Keelung Port Container Terminal, Taiji International Logistics Container Terminal, and China Container Terminal. Cargo transportation and port facilities are all well established.
(2) Taipei Port:
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications proclaimed Taipei Port as an auxiliary port of Keelung International Commercial Port in 2004. Furthermore, the Port’s second phase development project managed by Taiwan International Ports Corporation has been fully underway to further develop the port.
(3) Hualien, Suao Ports and others:
Both Hualien Port and Suao Port are outstanding natural harbors. The Hoping Port is an industrial port in the Hoping Cement Specialized Zone, Hualien. All the aforementioned are in good geographical condition beneficial to future development. Fuao Port and Baisha Port in Matsu are dedicated as Mini-Three-Links ports by the Executive Yuan.
2. Tariff Revenue Ranks First:
KLC is close to the populous and prosperous Taipei metropolis. The region’s dynamic economy and great spending power has resulted in increasing demand for import/export commodities. The tariff revenue of KLC accounts for more than 50% of the total of Taiwan’s, ranking first among the four field customs.
3. Largest Jurisdictional Area and Most Customs Clearance Units:
To cope with the sprawling operational area and booming economy, seven independent customs clearance units have been set up to provide shareholders with easy access to customs service. KLC is headquartered at Keelung harbor, under which, four branches are located in Wudo, Taoyuan, Taipei Port and Hualien and two dedicated sections of Hualien Branch are in Suao and Matsu.
Front view of Keelung Customs Building