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Taichung Customs reminds that duty free tobacco and wines sold for consumption on vessels of international route shall follow related regulations.

Taichung Customs advises that, if the crew of any vessels anchored at Mailiao Industrial Harbour need to avail themselves of the facilities to purchase duty free tobacco or alcohol, they should use the following procedure.  

The exporters/suppliers shall fill out a declaration form and submit it, together with an application from the master of the vessel, shipping company, or its agent to Taichung Customs. Customs will review the categories and quantities of goods listed on the declaration for its accountability before approval. The exporter will then have to transmit declaration to Customs electronically.

Further elaboration about inspection and release mechanism of non-dutiable tobacco and alcohol is notified by Taichung Customs as follows:

1.When vechicles carrying duty free tobacco and alcohol arrive at the quay, Customs inspectors must check that the Customs seal is intact and correct before the unsealing process. Then, Customs inspectors shall examine the goods in the vechicle to ensure agreement with description on the declaration form.  If everything is in order, the duty-free tobacco and alcohol can then be uploaded to the vessel under Customsʼ surveillance.

2. Duty free tobacco and alcohol must be placed in the storeroom of the vessel and the door sealed by Customs.  The declaration document must bear the seal number and be signed by the master of the vessel, or the chief officer, and then be returned to Customs for processing. The Customs Seal may not be removed until the vessel has left the harbour. Taichung Customs urges the export enterprise/operators to inform ship crews about the above-mentioned procedure so as not to risk infringing the regulations.  If the export enterprises/operators have any questions, please feel free to contact Mailiao Section, Taichung Customs at (05)6812061.

  • Publish Date:2018-10-15
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